What if season 3 of [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469) had been good? What if it explored how society had changed with the growth of Inhumans and the fall out from this? What if part 2 of the series followed the fall out from [Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), and explored some of the stories/themes it created?
As stated in a previous article Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has the potential to be a great show, it just lacks some of the elements that turn good shows into great shows. These elements included connecting the series more closely with Marvel movies, more focus on specific characters and storylines and having real consequences to the storylines i.e. more deaths.
During season 3 Marvel TV decided to creates a spinoff show called Marvel's Most Wanted, based on popular characters Bobbi Morse and her ex-husband Lance Hunter. These two characters are valuable assets when working as part of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team, but would struggle to carry their own series as seen by their series not being picked up by ABC. Instead what if the spinoff series was actually the Secret Warriors, created by the events of Civil War.
In the re-imagined story that has been outlined for season 1, season 2 and the first part of season 3 we're now at the stage where Coulson has been shot and is in a coma, Ward is dead, Malik has taken control of the ACTU/S.H.I.E.L.D. and the team has split between Daisy and Bobbi's ideology on registration of powered people, fitting in perfectly with the aftermath of Civil War.
Below is an overview of how the series should have been changed to fit in with Civil War and make better use of its storylines and new characters. For part one of the plot click here.
Season 3 Part 2: Post-Civil War plot
After Daisy and her team escape S.H.I.E.L.D. custody the rest of the team led by Bobbi return to base with Yoyo in custody.
Maria Hill calls S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters as reports of the bombing in Vienna are flowing in, she tells them Coulson is missing and she has assumed control of S.H.I.E.L.D. in his absence, directly reporting to the new world council headed by Malick.
She explains that S.H.I.E.L.D. and the ACTU are now under the Sokovia Accord along with the Avengers and other groups. They are tasked with bringing in all super powered individuals for assessment, then assignment to a caterpillar team, starting with Daisy. After being shot Coulson is found alive but in a coma in local hospital.
S.H.I.E.L.D. teams of both powered and normal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are sent to capture Daisy and her team, who continually avoid capture as well as rescuing other powered people on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s radar. Both teams visit Coulson in hospital but a confrontation occurs when Bobbi sets a trap for Daisy at Coulson's bedside. The trap is unsuccessful and she escapes. Daisy's secret warriors break Yoyo out of the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility leading to a major confrontation where Joey is accidentally killed by Lincoln in the battle. Mack, who has grown close to Joey, lashes out at Lincoln at Lincoln injuring him badly. This attack could involve Mack using a large alien gauntlet that binds to his arm and can't be removed.
Meanwhile Malick and Hive are creating an Inhuman army, controlled by Hive's Inhuman ability. They send a group of Inhumans to find Daisy's team and kidnap them, they are unsuccessful but do manage to kidnap the young girl (who caused the thermal explosion in part 1). During this time it's also discovered that Agent Hill was an imposter (using a face mask) working for Malick, and that Malick is rebuilding Hydra, using the ACTU/S.H.I.E.L.D. to gather Inhumans and Hive to control them.
The Inhuman army, based in a small town in Wyoming, grows as Coulson wakes from his coma. He meets with both Bobbi and Daisy pleading with both sides to work together. James reveals more information about Lash, that his Inhuman powers make him able to resist other inhumans abilities and he should be brought in to take out Hive. The two factions agree to unite and attack the town. As the attack occurs Inhumans battle other Inhumans, S.H.I.E.L.D. battle Hydra. Bobbi and Hunter lead the assault, Bobbi is overcome and knocked to the ground by an Inhuman, as she is about to be killed Hunter dives in to protect her, killing the Inhuman but suffering a fatal injury himself.
Lash fights his way to Hive's main facility where Hive is infecting new recruits. The young girl Daisy was protecting is next in line when Lash enters, he takes out the guards, freeing the girl and battling Hive. He fires energy blasts which damage Hive but he quickly regenerates. Hive and Lash's battle takes them outside where the young girl has hidden herself. Lash takes the fight in her direction, when there is no one else around he tells her to let out her anger, she explodes in a large energy ball which vaporizes Hive, Lash however survives as he is protected by his energy field.
The Inhumans are all released from Hive's control and S.H.I.E.L.D. begin processing them, Daisy and her team however come to an agreement with Bobbi that they won't be part of S.H.I.E.L.D. and register with the Sokovia Accord, but will continue to fight for the innocent, as a group of secret warriors. The young girl leaves with Lash, he explains to Daisy she will be protected and grow up happy with him in their hidden city, she agrees. As Daisy's team leave, Creel joins them as he doesn't want to hunt down powered people any more (and he has a little crush on Yoyo). Lincoln however feels guilty about the death of Joey (and others) and decides to give himself up to S.H.I.E.L.D. and face the consequences of his actions.
Series ends with Daisy and her team meeting under a bridge with disguised Steve Rogers, whom welcomes them to the war.
This new ending to the series now allows a strong spin-off to occur, The Secret Warriors. This series would have a lead who's character is well developed and loved, a new group of characters who've been established and a synopsis that is different from AOS, yet fits perfectly in with it. In the years leading up to Avengers: Infinity War this series can show the anti-registration part of civil war, exploring all the ideas from the comics that won't fit into a 2.5 hour movie. On the other side Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. continues with its pro registration series detailing the fine line they must walk between protecting people and oppressing people. There will be conflict between team members with differing views, and especially between Lincoln and Mack, who must deal with working alongside someone who killed someone he cared for.