The “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” are going to have a lot on their plates when Season 4 resumes next month. In the fall finale, we learned that one of our agents has been an LMD for an indeterminate amount of time: Agent Melinda May. The synopsis for the show’s winter premiere promises more LMD mayhem, specifically citing “Aida’s evil plans.”
According to the official synopsis released by ABC,
On the heels of their encounter with Ghost Rider, their strangest phenomenon yet, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. suddenly find themselves up against a myriad of new and ongoing threats: The anti-Inhuman Watchdogs are gaining political influence with Senator Nadeer, and uniting behind a mysterious benefactor. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to the team, Aida has kidnapped Agent May and replaced her with a Life Model Decoy. Aida’s evil plans for May and the team remain a mystery.
Of course, as we at CBR have speculated, AIDA’s intentions may be good, even though her methods are not. After all, Holden Radcliffe made it clear in the season premiere that he’s developed LMD technology to help save lives. That is to say, LMDs would take the place of actual human S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the field; as such, human causalities would be lowered, because the androids have a lower chance of getting injured or destroyed — something that wouldn’t matter to S.H.I.E.L.D. in the long run, as LMDs wouldn’t be considered people despite their artificial intelligence. As such, AIDA’s primary objective is to save lives, which is exactly what she has done up until the mid-season finale, where she snapped an agent’s neck in order to keep her secret about May.
It’s also worth noting that Nadeer will be back. Director Jeffrey Mace thwarted her blackmail in the fall finale, but the synopsis makes it look like she’ll be back in full force — and she’ll have the Inhuman-hating Watchdogs behind her. However, now it seems that they’ll have a new “mysterious benefactor,” which spells trouble for the Inhuman Mace, Daisy and anyone currently who has agreeded to the Sokovia Accords.
Returning Tuesday, January 10 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.
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