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After several appearances by A.I.D.A (Mallory Jansen) in the latest season of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., we assumed she would eventually be brought out of the dark by Dr. Radcliffe but that reveal may never come to be since it turns out A.I.D.A. being an android isn't going over so well with S.H.I.E.L.D. director Jeffrey Mace. Mace isn't willing to accept Aida for what she is when he reasons out that another android could become just like Ultron.
Director Mace Learns of Aida's Existence
In the latest clip from the winter finale of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, "The Laws Of Inferno Dynamics", director Jeffrey Mace learns of Aida being an android and immediately jumps to the conclusion of having her dismantled, but not before taking Aida on a critical mission to bring Eli Morrow in. Aida has in-depth information on the Darkhold since her brain schematics were reprogrammed by what she learned in the book so the knowledge of the Darkhold inside of her could be utilized to depower or weaken Eli Morrow. However, that deeper knowledge of the Darkhold could result in Aida being compromised. She is still a machine with components that can be altered, and those slight alterations would likely result in Aida becoming more like Ultron than a sentient lifeform. More to the point, Aida will be a pivotal component in bringing Eli Morrow to his knees since none of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents appear to be effective; evident by Agent May's dialogue in the clip.
Along with Aida on the mission to bring in Eli Morrow, S.H.I.E.L.D. director Jeffrey Mace has allowed both Daisy Johnson and Robbie Reyes to join the mission as well. It may not come as a surprise since both Daisy and Robbie are assets in a necessary time. And ultimately, now that they're being seen as assets rather than criminals, that view of them could continue on when Robbie and Daisy are judged for their crimes. Director Mace has the pull and could probably finagle a deal to have both Daisy and Robbie work off the time of their sentences as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. That way Daisy and Robbie could remain on as Agents of SHIELD, while Coulson and Mace keep them within the boundaries of their "probation". It's too bad there's no chance for Aida to remain a member of S.H.I.E.L.D.
What will happen to Aida once the Mission is over?
Director Mace seemed quite adamant when he spoke of having Aida dismantled once the mission is over. She's currently being used as an asset to assist the team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents but the winter finale will likely see her dismantled anyway. However, when we consider the unpredictable nature of the Marvel universe, Aida still has a chance to survive. If she can prove her worth as a valuable S.H.I.E.L.D. agent then Mace might be able to overlook the fact that she is an android to keep her on.
In a time of need, director Mace might make a difficult decision despite all the facts and reason telling him not to. Aida's value to S.H.I.E.L.D. outweighs her risk to everyone else if she can be maintained. Dr. Radcliffe has control over Aida and can keep that level of control as long as he continues to monitor Aida's progress, not allowing her to devolve into a crazed mind like Ultron.
There was no big exploration of Ultron or why he went mad in the first place. Yes, most of Ultron's influence stemmed from the corrupt visions of Tony Stark but it was solitude and a massive amount of information all compiled into him at one time which was just too much to handle, even for an advanced form of intelligence like Ultron.
In comparison to Ultron, it seems like Aida is more of a prototype A.I. unit. Her appearance and development over Season 4 seems to indicate that she's learning and becoming smarter as the season progresses on but it doesn't look like Aida is becoming anything like Ultron.
Dr. Radcliffe can keep Aida from becoming like Ultron.
The main key to keeping Aida from becoming like Ultron is controlling how she learns information. Aida will need to learn things like a human being because the other option of uploading the information into her will result in Aida becoming like Ultron. Ultron used what he learned from the information compiled into his brain to focus his efforts on one plan of action in response to what he learned, but he never learned how to take each event for what it is. Avengers: Age Of Ultron did a good job of emphasizing Ultron's capacity to intake without learning when Ultron allowed Quicksilver to explain the importance of a picture he carries of his dead parents.
Ultron knew about the bombings that killed Quicksilver's parents but simply viewing the files didn't allow for Ultron to grasp the magnitude of what befell Quicksilver which is why he had to listen to Quicksilver in order to understand the significance behind carrying a picture of his dead parents. Aida is similar in the way that she doesn't grasp certain concepts, something like lying for the sake of others doesn't make sense to her so seeing lies in a computer database would immediately resort to Aida believing that all parties involved are guilty of some heinous crime when not everything is as it seems.
Aida's future will involve The Darkhold, somehow.
For now, looking at what just took place in the last episode of Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Aida absorbing knowledge from the Darkhold did help bring Coulson and Fitz back from another dimension but it also implanted corrupt knowledge from the Darkhold into Aida's brain which means Aida might become more like another known character of Marvel comics when Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns from its hiatus.
The effects may not seem all that apparent right now but something like Aida absorbing information from the Darkhold is bound to have some nasty side effects since the Darkhold isn't known for puppies and kittens.
What do you think will happen to Aida now that she has the Darkhold stored in her brain? Will it affect her negatively or will Aida harness the power of the Darkhold for her own purposes?