Good news for fans of the extended Marvel Cinematic Universe.  ABC announced today that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been renewed for a third season, and Agent Carter will be back for a season two.

While Joss Whedon recently revealed that he wished Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) had remained dead, and still IS as far as the MCU is concerned, Coulson is definitely a fan favorite.  The fact that Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be continuing as a series is certainly testament to ABC’s continued faith in the franchise.  Plus it still leaves the door open for additional Marvel movie cameos in the series, which has already seen guest appearances from Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Lady Sif (Jamie Alexander), and former S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).  The show’s also been useful for bridging continuity and story gaps, with obvious direct links to MCU story-lines trailing from Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and a lead-in element to story in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Marvel’s Agent Carter got its shot as an 8 episode miniseries on ABC in the winter-break hiatus for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and takes place a short time after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger.  It gave fans another chance to see Hayley Atwell as S.S.R. Agent Peggy Carter.  The show also brought back Dominic Cooper’s character Howard Stark, father of Tony Stark, and introduced us to Stark’s butler Edwin Jarvis.  Jarvis (James D’Arcy) is also known in name to MCU fans as the voice of Tony Stark’s A.I. personal assistant (voiced by Paul Bettany).  In season one of Agent Carter, Peggy and Jarvis set out to prove the innocence of Howard Stark who was accused of selling weapons to enemies of the United States.

There’s been no word yet on whether season 2 of Agent Carter will return as a mid-season fill in for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or if ABC will give it a full season order.