ABC and Marvel have unveiled the latest clip for the episode 4×14 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘The Man Behind the Shield’. The promo features Director Jeffrey Mace (Jason O’Mara) being tortured by The Superior (Zach McGowan), while AIDA (Mallory Jensen) looks on. As Director Mace indicates that S.H.I.E.L.D. will come to his rescue, The Superior reveals that Mace is bait for a trap.
This clip also divulges that the Watchdogs are well aware that Mace is not an Inhuman, and that he relied on the serum for his powers. This may indicate another mole within S.H.I.E.L.D., possibly as Dr. Holden Radcliffe (John Hannah) utilizes more life-model decoys to infiltrate the agency. Speculation that Mace’s capture is a trap meant for Coulson is stronger when you look at the synopsis for 4×14 ‘The Man Behind the Shield.’
Mace fights for his life while Coulson and team find themselves in a deadly cat-and-mouse game as they attempt his rescue
The Superior’s real goal may be to capture Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), and dispose of him. The deadly cat and mouse game may also refer to possible new infiltrators in S.H.I.E.L.D., as The Superior makes clear that he knows the serum is poisonous to Mace. This knowledge was previously confined to a select group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return Tuesday at 10/9c on ABC.