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#4 THE EQUIPMENT
While S.H.I.E.L.D. isn't exactly James Bond's MI6, they do have their fair share of gadgets. Throughout the comics, there has been more than one helicarrier, so there's the possibility that we could see a different one from The Avengers. But the method of transportation that I most want to see in S.H.I.E.L.D. that they're known for is the flying cars. Originally designed by Tony Stark and Stark Industries specifically for S.H.I.E.L.D., these flying cars look like your every day sports cars, until the wheels fold down Back to the Future Part II style and it takes off into the sky.
One thing I really want to see is just little nods and references to S.H.I.E.L.D. gadgets. They don't ever have to actually use them, they could just show up in the background. For example, they could include the Destroyer gun that Coulson has in The Avengers, Hulkbuster armor, Item 47 from the most recent short film, or even the Red Ronin armor from the comics that was created for S.H.I.E.L.D. to fight Godzilla (this is wishful thinking on my part). Given that Marvel hides Easter Eggs in almost all of their films, it's not a stretch to say they'll do it in their TV series too.
I don't know that S.H.I.E.L.D. needs their own version of “Q” for the series, but it couldn't hurt to have gadget people that pop up every few episodes. It would do the show a real disservice to begin like it's a “normal” cop/spy show and then transition to the furthest realm of disbelief that the Marvel films live in, but Marvel hasn't let us down this far and I don't think they'll start here.