Ghost Rider is out when ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ returns from its midseason hiatus next week (although the door is open for a return later). Instead, the show will shift its focus to another favorite from the comics, the Life Model Decoys, specifically the first, Aida (Mallory Jansen).
And while Aida has been given access to S.H.I.E.L.D.’s technology and the magical book the Darkhold, things have taken a turn for the sinister. First, she began experimenting with the technology used to create her… and apparently began upgrading it. Then she kidnapped Agent May (Min-Na Wen) and replaced her with her own Life Model Decoy.
In this sinister new clip, Aida is visited by her creators Dr. Radcliffe (John Hannah) and Fitz (Iain de Caesecker) who say that want to install some upgrades. But Aida reveals that she’s already installed a few upgrades of her own.
It appears that Aida wants to break free of the control of others, but what are her larger plans? How does May factor in? Well, it appears that her plan will span the entire second half of the season.
Here is the synopsis for the second half of the season:
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.
The show previously hinted at the idea of Life Model Decoys, first with the resurrected Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) and then with multiple Agent Koenigs (Patton Oswalt). In the comics, this concept has been used to explain how characters like Nick Fury are frequently shown escaping what appears to be certain death.
The first new episode is entitled ‘Broken Promises’ and airs on January 10 at 10:00 pm EST on ABC.