'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' season 3 news, spoilers: Showrunners on taking in Agent Carter, Clark Gregg on Coulson's new hand

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Now that the future of ABC and Marvel Television’s “Agent Carter” is uncertain, is there a possibility that “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” could take in Peggy Carter (Haley Atwell) and the rest of the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) gang?

As “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” creators and showrunners (and married couple) Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon recently told The Hollywood Reporter, yes, it is a possibility.

Though the difference in time periods (“Agent Carter” is set in the the 1940s-50s) could pose a challenge, according to Whedon: “We are in an old SSR base, and Agent Carter founded SHIELD. There’s definitely a direct line between the two.”

Though the first season of “Agent Carter” garnered generally positive reviews, viewership has been steadily declining, and whether or not the series will return for another season is still up in the air. Whedon admitted that they are still hopeful that “Agent Carter,” which airs during the mid-season breaks of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” will return and that they do love the show. He also said, “We are linked to them through history so whether or not we’ll tell their stories remains to be seen.”

Meanwhile, following the release of the images for the next episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” titled “The Inside Man,” fans were quick to notice that Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), who lost his left hand in the season 2 finale, may have ditched his prosthetic hand in favor of a more realistic-looking appendage.

In “S.O.S.,” the season 2 ender, Coulson caught a Terrigen crystal, which began turning his hand into stone. The rest of him would have been turned into stone as well, had it not been for Mack (Henry Simmons) and his axe.

But while he has been wearing a single black glove since, Coulson appears in the new images without the glove and with his left hand looking as though it is made of real flesh.

In an interview with ComicBook.com, Gregg explained what’s happening in the image, saying: “He left that hand on Maveth and he seems to have gotten an upgrade, and it seems to look a little bit more human. I’d be surprised if it didn’t actually have some actually upgrades to it.”

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.