The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Twitter account has been dropping teasers (as noted in this MCU Exchange piece) from within the world of the Framework for the last week or so as we run up to the show’s return on April 4. As the last story pod ended with the team all within the artificial world of the Framework, we know that Hydra appears to be ascendant and S.H.I.E.L.D. nowhere in the picture.
Notable is that each member of the team seems to be living a life (or NOT! GEMMA!?!) quite different from the one they’re leading in the real world. While this shift is likely to be the fun part of the upcoming final story pod of this season, it does lead fans awaiting the show’s return to wonder what exactly is happening inside the Framework. The latest bit of information shows the fearless leader, the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in all but name only, the Avengers trigger, the glue of the MCU (for Phase 1 anyway), Phil Coulson as…
…a school teacher? …teaching the “History of Hydra”? …spreading anti-Inhumanism? …what the what?
Lots to see for sure in that image aside from the man himself. The discussion question on the the blackboard. The file folder under the blackboard suggesting there was a “Cambridge Incident” in this reality that resulted in some of what we’re seeing. The book on Phil’s desk suggesting that Hydra has had a long, storied, and public history here. No hiding the shadows…under the auspices of S.H.I.E.L.D…but right there. It is easy to surmise that we’re all about to get schooled on the history of the Framework…and Mr. Coulson will be doing the schooling. What do you suspect is going on in the Framework? Why is everything so Hydra centered? Is this Radcliffe’s doing? If so, why? If not, then WHO jiggered it that way?
So many questions! So little time left to speculate! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns next Tuesday, April 4!