Agents of SHIELD season 2 finale Coulson hand

Earlier this year before the release of ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed an interesting Easter egg in all of the films of Phase Two. In a nod to ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, the second chapter of the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, somebody gets their arm cut off in each movie from ‘Iron Man 3’ to ‘Ant-Man’. But not to be left out of the fun, ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ followed suit during their season two finale, which saw Mack take an axe to Director Phil Coulson’s hand after the effects of the Inhumans’ Terrigen Crystal on human DNA started to take hold. Thanks to his agent’s quick thinking, Clark Gregg’s character lived to fight another day, though he’ll have some new challenges to deal with. However, it sounds like S.H.I.E.L.D.’s tech experts have given him a hand (pun intended) in that department for Season Three.

Prior to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Television released a poster for the ABC series drawn by superstar comic book artist Jim Cheung. This pairing is pretty natural because Cheung contributed to the ‘Secret Warriors’ series, which will partly be the inspiration for the next season of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..’ In the poster (which you can see below), Coulson is sporting a cybernetic hand reminiscent of Luke Skywalker in ‘Return of the Jedi.’ But while speaking to Comicbook.com, the actor revealed that his new hand might be more than your average prosthetic:

“That may be a temporary hand. That may be a placeholder hand. Or it may have some powers. I’ve got a feeling we’re going to be seeing new models. That’s my hope.”

Agents of SHIELD season 3 Jim Cheung poster

Considering that the new season hadn’t really entered the pre-production stage at the time of this interview, it’s very possible that Gregg is just throwing his own thoughts out there about Coulson’s hand. Although seeing as ‘S.H.I.E.L.D.’ is essentially a spy show, it wouldn’t hurt to give the organization’s leader a few more gadgets hidden in his new appendage. But even without some added flair, at least he won’t be rocking a hook or a knife ala Merle Dixon from ‘The Walking Dead.’

What do you think about Director Coulson’s new hand in the upcoming season of ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’? Do you think that it will merely be a replacement for the one he lost? Or will the new one be more than meets the eye? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ returns to ABC on Tuesday, September 29, 2015.