Ahead of the latest episode “What If…” airing on ABC this week, Marvel has unveiled a new poster for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. featuring the Patriot inside the Framework on the program’s official Twitter page. In just a few days, the show will return with an all new arc that looks to be the most ambitious one yet for the series. After a tense season building up the ideas of LMDs, the Framework, and post-humanism, the final batch of episodes this year will feature most of our heroes inside an alternate reality. The cliffhanger from the last episode teased a bit of the new status quo, but it’s been the show’s marketing in the weeks since that have given us a glimpse into the new Hydra-controlled reality.
Said to be a world where each character’s one major regret is erased, we’ll see Coulson as a school teacher explaining the threat of Inhumans and the history of the Cambridge Incident, Daisy and Ward back together and loyal members of Hydra along with May, and Fitz in a frightening new role. But they won’t be alone. While we’re not quit sure how the apparently deceased Simmons will factor in, the status of Mace has been unknown. It’s unclear exactly what his regret would be, but it’s likely linked to lying about being a hero during the events of Civil War that led him to not only takeover S.H.I.E.L.D., but become a superhero.
You can check out the poster for yourself below. We know that Mace will still be quite active as the Patriot inside the new world. The artwork is the latest in a line of similar one-sheets Marvel has revealed recently:
From the looks of it, the Patriot will be a vigilante, possibly assisting the Inhuman resistance. We know he’s passionate about Inhuman rights, but it’s surprising to see him suited up. Does this mean in the new reality he actually did the heroic things he’s said to have done? More intriguing, why would Aida allow such a disruptive force to run rampant in her constructed reality? It’ll be exciting to see how things play out, and what role the Patriot has in fighting Hydra.
Meanwhile, it looks like Aida has decided to craft herself a new identity as well. Within the Framework, she’ll be portraying Madame Hydra, a new take on a classic comic book character. Hopefully, this direct involvement will give us some answer as to why the LMD has decided to become such a Hydra fan in her new reality. And aside from all the core cast, the Framework will also see past characters come back to life. Like Ward, we may see a few agents and enemies return to the show. All in all, it looks to be an exciting conclusion to the season, though hopefully not the series.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 returns with “What If…” April 4th @ 10 p.m. on ABC.