When “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns from its winter hiatus, Ming-Na Wen will have two roles to play. In addition to Agent Melinda May, Wen will also play her LMD double, who has been masquerading as the real May for some unknown length of time. As such, Wen has some special insight into Aida’s devious plans, as well as the android’s reasoning behind them.
Of course, Wen’s tease could very well be considered a spoiler, so — if you’re looking to go into the episode clean — don’t read on.
“The big question is, ‘What is Radcliffe’s motivation?’ — not so much Aida’s — because he’s the taskmaster in this whole scheme of changing out May for the LMD May,” Wen revealed to TVLine. “Is [his agenda] for something good … or is he the mad scientist hoping to advance science? I don’t think he went through all this trouble for s–ts and giggles!”
Added Mallory Jansen, who plays Aida, “Never trust an android.”
Leading up to next week’s mid-season premiere, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has made Aida out to be the villain of the “LMD” storyline, but Wen’s comment suggests otherwise. A turn like this certainly wouldn’t be out of line for Radcliffe, who voluntarily worked with Hive as the ancient Inhuman attempted to transform everyone on Earth into an Inhuman. Though he was later absolved of his crimes, Radcliffe works with strict oversight at S.H.I.E.L.D., which likely goes against his true, morally ambiguous nature.
According to the official description for “Broken Promises,” the mid-season premiere,
Though Coulson and May are growing closer, Coulson remains unaware of the dark secret May is hiding beneath the surface. Meanwhile, Aida is unrelenting in her search for the Darkhold.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and John Hannah as Holden Radcliffe.
Guest starring are Natalia Cordova-Buckley as Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, Jason O’Mara as Director Jeffrey Mace, Mallory Jansen as Aida, Parminder Nagra as Senator Nadeer, John Pyper-Ferguson as Terrence Shockley, Manish Dayal as Vijay Nadeer, Patrick Cavanaugh as Burrows, Blaise Miller as Agent Nathanson, Shari Vasseghi as Sunjna Nadeer and Bryan Keith as Zack Bynum.
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.