SHIELD Morphs Into Hydra in Agents of SHIELD Animated Promo

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When "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." returns in April, the ABC drama will have undergone a few changes, the most obvious being a lot more Hydra.

To symbolize this shift, ABC has released an animated teaser of the S.H.I.E.L.D. logo transforming into the Hydra emblem and back again.

It's a reference, of course, to the show’s current storyline, in which S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top agents have entered, either willingly or unwillingly, a virtual-reality simulator created by the agency’s somewhat-unreliable super-scientist Holden Radcliffe. Dubbed “The Framework,” the current version of the simulator was built to enable users to rectify their greatest regrets, but it seems that has had the unintended consequence of creating a virtual world in which Hydra has triumphed.

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But could it also suggest that S.H.I.E.L.D. will ultimately triumph over their fictional fascist enemies? It would certainly be a controversial turn for the series if they did not.

According to the synopsis for “What If,” the next episode of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.":

Hail the New World Order! Daisy and Simmons uncover secrets and lies in a world gone mad. With Hydra in control, they are our only hope to save everyone.

Returning Tuesday, April 4, at 10 p.m. 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, and Henry Simmons as Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie.

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