As the LMD arc continues, ABC and Marvel have released the press release for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode 4×14. The press release teases a potential new twist as Coulson (Clark Gregg) must save Jeffrey Mace (Jason O’Mara). The cast list for the press release also hints that Mace’s predicament may be part of an elaborate plan by The Superior (Zach McGowan) to trap Coulson.
A DEADLY TRAP LURES COULSON IN TO SAVE MACE “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, on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” stars Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Daisy Johnson, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons, Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” MacKenzie and John Hannah as Holden Radcliffe.
Guest starring are Jason O’Mara as Director Jeffrey Mace, Mallory Jansen as Aida 2.0, Maximilian Osinski as Agent Davis, Zach McGowan as The Superior, Frederick Lawrence as guard, Stivi Paskoski as lead SVR agent and Alexander Chemyshev as Russian thug.
“The Man Behind the Shield” was written by Matt Owens and directed by Wendey Stanzler.
In the last episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it was revealed that The Superior believes Coulson to be responsible for several of the extraterrestrial events that have occurred in the MCU over the past few years. His goal in kidnapping Mace could be to lure Coulson into a trap by which he could unfold the next stage of his plan. In the last episode, Dr. Holden Radcliffe successfully utilized the May LMD in order to steal the Darkhold. It is uncertain if the Superior will utilize the Darkhold against Coulson, given its ability to alter reality.
It is also extremely interesting to note that Agent Melinda May is still listed on the cast for this episode. As the May LMD is still in active operation and in Shield custody, it is unclear what direction the show will take regarding the real May’s continued captive status at the hands of Dr. Radcliffe. Coulson chose to spare the LMD May while the Radcliffe LMD and Aida 1.0 were destroyed at the end of the episode. Whether that indicates he spared her because he is hoping to find the real May’s location or out of sentiment for the original remains to be seen.