‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ (Season 4): Faces for the Framework

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Meet the new boss

The world of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is no longer what the characters have come to expect, as almost all of our major characters have been taken into the Framework, Aida’s twisted parallel world that aims to take all of their worst moments away. It’s a premise that promises an insane set-up for the last stretch of the show’s fourth – and hopefully not final – season, with the opportunity for plenty of familiar faces from the past few years to pop back up. With the show already revealing that Grant Ward would be returning as Daisy’s love interest in this digital world, it seems like a good time to take a look at what other characters it would be good to see again.

The obvious first choices to return in a situation like this is any fan favorite characters that have died over the years, and Agents has more than its fair share. Though they each only appeared in a few episodes before being unceremoniously killed off, it would be great to see Victoria Hand or Isabelle Hartley return, particularly if there’s any sort of S.H.I.E.L.D. resistance to Hydra. On a similar track, it’d be nice to see Triplett make a return, as he was a welcome source of levity following the reveal that Ward was a traitor. And though Daisy was initially disappointed by his absence, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lincoln pop up along the way.

Of course, there’s plenty of living heroes who could play a role in this new reality. I’m sure I’m not the only fan who’s been patiently waiting for Lance Hunter and Mockingbird to return following their departure for a spin-off that never happened. Mike Peterson has been absent even longer, and a version of the character that never became Deathlok would make sense for Daisy’s ideal reality; ditto her father Calvin Zabo.

And moving into more villainous territory, there’s plenty of threats from the past that could return, particularly given that Hydra’s been such a major player throughout the series. Though Bill Paxton’s untimely passing rules out a return from John Garrett – still a contender for the show’s best Big Bad – Whitehall, Malick, and even Hive himself could all be threats Daisy and Jemma may need to face in reuniting their friends.

Finally, if there’s a character I feel confident might be showing back up, it’s Will Daniels, Jemma’s astronaut love interest. If Jemma has a great regret, it’s probably her inability to save Will on Maveth, so I wouldn’t be surprised if her tombstone in the Framework is evidence that she never actually returned, and is instead trapped on an alien planet once more. It’d be a crazy turn of events, but it’d be the exact sort of over-the-top moment the show needs to go for in what could be its final stretch of episodes.

What characters do you hope to see within the Framework? Are there any major players I missed? Any chance we’ll finally get some follow-up on Ian Quinn and Gravitonium? Let me know!