The first season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has become a point of contention among fans of the studio’s cinematic universe. Though some enjoyed season 1 for establishing the core group of characters – Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team – that will continue to act as the crux of the show through season 3, others felt the majority of episodes were largely filler. That is, until the Captain America: The Winter Soldier tie-in completely upended Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Season 2 seemed to be a notable improvement for the show, as the characters dealt with Coulson’s tendency to draw alien symbols, Skye underwent a Terrigenesis transition and viewers learned more about the race of Inhumans – all while still dealing with the fallout of Hydra’s infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, for those not caught up on AoS, the cast and showrunners unveiled a recap of season 2 at the series’ Comic Con International panel.

The reel (above) features many highlights from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s sophomore outing, including a visit from Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander), Leo Fitz (Iain de Caestecker) dropping the word ‘inhuman’ and Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) reuniting with Coulson’s team, among others. Additionally, the video revisits story threads established at the end of season 2 that will continue into season 3, such as Skye (Chloe Bennet) and Coulson’s team “centered around people with powers” – a.k.a. Secret Warriors – and Ward’s search for more Hydra team members.

Coulson’s original team will be back for season 3: Skye/Daisy Johnson, Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Fitz, Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Ward. Season 2 additions Bobbi Morse a.k.a. Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki), Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie (Henry Simmons) and Lincoln Campbell (Luke Mitchell) will also return next year.

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The reel doesn’t offer any new insight about what to expect from season 3 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, it does manage to highlight all the important events from season 2, some of the best moments – including Mack’s “I’m the guy who kills Gordon” line – and refresh viewers of where the team is heading next year.

The Secret Warriors storyline from Marvel Comics will be explored, which will be helped along by new Inhumans undergoing Terrigenesis as a result of taking Terrigen crystal-infused fish oil pills. But don’t count Hydra out just yet; although S.H.I.E.L.D. seemed to cut off the rogue organization’s head, Ward is set on making sure two more will take its place. Additionally, the show will need to provide some answers to questions about the Kree artifact that engulfed Simmons in the finale.

Whether Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 continues to deliver the caliber of television now expected by viewers remains to be seen. But with Marvel TV continuing to improve its reputation with such offerings as Daredevil and Agent Carter, fans should feel confident that the third season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will provide as much adventure, mythos and character-building as season 2 – if not more.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3 starts airing on ABC on September 29th, 2015. Agent Carter season two will air during the mid-season break in early 2016.