SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “All the Madame’s Men,” the latest episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Inside the Framework, Aida has something she doesn’t possess in the real world: free will. Now, she’s trying to change that. In “All the Madame’s Men,” the latest episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, Simmons stumbled upon Aida’s plan to build herself a body outside of the Framework.
While the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. was scrambling to find Daisy and May, Simmons and Trip went over the plans that Trip recovered from Hydra. One machine in particular stood out to Simmons. In horror, she realized it was from the Darkhold. Eli Morrow had used the same machine to create matter from nothing; Aida, on the other hand, wanted to use it to create living tissue. Simmons quickly put two-and-two together and realized that Aida would use the machine to build herself a body. With a body, Aida would no longer be beholden to her protocols to protect life and the Framework, which means she would be free to pull the plug on the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents she is holding captive.
Thanks to her knowledge of the real world, Simmons also had an idea of where Aida might be building the machine. As such, she and Trip borrowed the quinjet and headed to the Baltic Sea. There, they discovered a power station generating massive amounts of energy. Upon infiltrating the power station, they found it empty, and Simmons came to the realization that Aida was building the machine in the real world as opposed to in the Framework.
Aida wasn’t the only one in on this plan. Fitz was also fully aware of it, though he wasn’t quite sure of its purpose until she was horribly injured by Daisy. Using her powers, Daisy pushed Aida out of the Triskelion elevator, only for Aida to land on pavement and shatter her spine. Fitz was devastated to see his beloved Madame Hydra in such pain and assumed that she was building this machine in the event that she was injured like this. Naturally, Aida did nothing to dissuade Fitz from this belief and encouraged him to speed up the project’s development.
While the machine isn’t quite ready to use, it has far-reaching implications for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” For one, it could be used to bring back long-dead characters like Ward and Trip by creating new bodies for them and implanting the Framework’s version of them into the aforementioned new bodies. On the other hand, it could be used as a bargaining chip by Fitz, who appears to hold it over Radcliffe as leverage in the promo for “Farewell, Cruel World!” Lastly, it could create a robot-turned-human army that needn’t worry about little things like protocols.
Airing Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on ABC, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Chloe Bennet as Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May, Iain De Caestecker as Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie and more.