Step aside, Ultron; “Agents of SHIELD”s Aida is here to steal your thorny crown. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is suffering from antagonistic androids, and it’s all thanks to humanity’s boundless optimism. Aida, once Dr. Radcliffe’s (John Hannah) shining hope for SHIELD’s protection, offed an agent in the season 4 midseason finale, revealing a captured May and the MCU’s very first Life Model Decoy.

How many LMD’s are on ‘Agents of SHIELD’

As it stands, Aida is just warming up. Ghost Rider (Gabriel Luna) was the watchword for the fall season, but “Agents of SHIELD” will receive a new subtitle for the spring run – LMD.

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We will ultimately learn how long Aida’s been working on her little pet project.

“That will unspool, but there are many stops to the process of being able to make one,” showrunner Jed Whedon told Entertainment Weekly. “That will unspool later.”

Did Aida begin copying May (Ming-Na Wen) before diving into the Darkhold, or did her ominous takeover predate her “Doctor Strange” connections?

“AIDA started as something that was supposed to mimic human behavior. Ultron came out almost a fully fleshed-out creature with his own agenda, where she’s been discovering hers along the way,” Whedon explained.

“What we will learn is that AIDA is different than Ultron in many ways; that’s all I can really say. She started with the base of trying to be human.”

With the LMD’s posing as the people nearest and dearest to Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) SHIELD cohorts, the danger is insidious.

“How much they know and how much their agenda is mixed with their own emotions, those are the sorts of questions are what we’re going to dive into,” Whedon said, according to TV Line. “But I think the main difference is these are our people.

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And that’s what makes it scarier.”

What’s next on ‘Agents of SHEILD’?

Coulson, RoboMay, Fitz (Iain DeCaestecker), Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), Daisy (Chloe Bennet), and Mack (Henry Simmons) will return to action this January. Ghost Rider is momentarily out of the picture, but the agents of SHIELD will have plenty of new problems to tackle in the midseason premiere.

Find out more when “Agents of SHIELD” returns to ABC on Jan. 10 at 10 p.m. ET.