When ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ returned from their mid-season hiatus, a number of secrets surrounding Agent Phil Coulson and Skye were uncovered and shared with the world after a long, slow build. Now, after another small hiatus, the first television show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe returns next week with a cameo from comic book legend Stan Lee, one of the co-creators of the global peace-keeping organization that this show is all about. But before he appears on our TV sets, the Generalissimo has shared some of his thoughts on what this Marvel series could be.

In an interview with Zap2It, Lee opened up about how S.H.I.E.L.D. was created and what he thinks the show has the potential to become. After expressing his pleasure with the series, he goes on to say that it would be a great gateway for more characters from the comics to be introduced down the line:

“[‘Agents of SHIELD’] could end up being like ‘The Avengers.’ It could be an umbrella under which a lot of superheroes will come in. They haven’t really done that yet, but I think they will eventually. ‘SHIELD’ could be a way of bringing in a lot of superheroes and villains together, and I think they will eventually get to that point.”

Some of his wishes are about to come true as news has recently gotten out about Deathlok, Lorelei, and Sif appearing on the show in some upcoming episodes. Also, we’ve already been introduced to Victoria Hand, Donnie Gill, and Dr. Franklin Hall, among others, so the series looks like it’s well on it’s way to fulfilling Lee’s hopes for it. Now maybe if the showrunners could work in some Runaways or Young Avengers into their plans, then I would most certainly be a happy camper. Not that I’m not now. Just saying that I’d love to see those younger heroes pop up somewhere.

Who are some heroes that you hope will pop up on ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ in the future? Are you excited to see Stan Lee appear on the show next week? Sound off in the comments, True Believers!

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ starring Brett Dalton, Ming-Na Wen, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Chloe Bennet, and Clark Gregg airs on Tuesdays at 8:00pm on ABC.