'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' season 3 news, spoilers: Series renewed; Actor on Coulson's return

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“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has been given the green light for a season 4.

According to Deadline, newly-appointed ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey has handed out early renewals to most of the network’s offerings, including the Marvel Comics-based series, which is currently on its third run. The list of renewed ABC shows consists of 15 established series, with one freshman drama, “Quantico.”

Dramas “Once Upon A Time,” “How To Get Away with Murder,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Scandal” have all been given renewals. This is also true with reality shows “The Bachelor,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” and “Shark Tank.” Comedies “Modern Family,” “The Middle,” “Fresh off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” and “Black-ish” have also been renewed.

But before fans begin speculating about what the men and women of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be up to in the show’s next season, they will first learn the fate of Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) when “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs its midseason premiere this week.

Coulson’s future was left in question at the end of the current run’s midseason finale when the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent brutally killed Hydra agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) on Maveth, an alien planet. Coulson and Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) were able to return to Earth, unaware that an Inhuman has inhabited Ward’s body and returned to Earth with them. The ending of the episode, titled “Maveth,” left fans wondering if Coulson’s character will soon be exploring his dark side as a result of the merciless murder he has just committed.

According to Gregg, who also plays Agent Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, that is a question that the agent himself will be asking when the series resumes its third season.

In a recent interview with TV Guide, the actor said: “I don’t think he comes back with any easy answer. I think in the moment, it felt like the only course of action possible to him.”

“I don’t think he’s going to know for some time if this was a terrible mistake that changes him and maybe turns him into a super-villain. It becomes, really, a show about a team run by a super-villainor not,” he added.

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns Tuesday, March 8, at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.