The first half of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D‘s 4th season was so Ghost Rider-heavy that you’d be forgiven for forgetting that the storyline teased at the end of season 3 wasn’t Ghost Rider at all, it was the birth of Dr Radcliffe’s artificial intelligence assistant AIDA, which pointed toward an LMD storyline in the foreseeable future.
Although season 4 so far has included a fair bit of screentime for AIDA, there hasn’t been all that much that pointed towards LMDs stealing the limelight from Gabriel Luna’s Robbie Reyes at all, until of course, the big reveal before the winter break. Thanks to the nature of the cliffhanger that closed the mid-season finale, as well as a boat load of promotional materials since, we now know that we can expect that LMD storyline to come to fruition once the show returns.
Ming-Na Wen’s Agent May is the character at the center of the mid-season finale revelation, and Wen recently spoke to EW about her take on the storyline and what it has been like to effectively play two different versions of the same character:
“One of the key factors about an LMD is that, right now, AIDA has created a replica of May using all her brain data that they downloaded when she was dying. For me, when I was playing LMD May, it’s not very different from playing the real May, so the challenge was keeping track of what’s going on, who’s who, and how to somehow find little moments [to differentiate her]. You could have twins that are identical, and yet you’ll always find a little something that’s a little different, so that’s what I try to incorporate into it.”
Wen also spoke about how having an imposter of her character allowed the writers to tease a particular romantic storyline between May and Phil Coulson that some fans have wanted to see for quite a while:
“It was a real clever way for the writers to come up with a way to fulfill the Philinda fans’ fantasies, and also delve further into May, because she doesn’t open up about much. It’s an interesting way to look into her mind through Robo-May.”
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D airs on ABC Tuesdays at 10/9c.