Turns out someone at ABC really likes the idea of a computer generated fascist state.
Season four of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. features what is, in all fairness, probably the best storyline of the show thus far. It had a bit of a slow start, which was probably for the best considering the constant doomsday stakes of season three’s whole Hive deal, and the writers seemed happy to just mess around with Ghost Rider for a bit without having to worry too much about introducing any really scary threat for Phil Coulson and team to tackle.
Then, without warning, the story enters the Hydra-controlled simulated world of the Framework, and everything goes nuts.
Suddenly, the story becomes a What If style adventure in which the world is rules by fascists, and some of the show’s most beloved characters are evil, for various reasons, while other former bad guys are back.
This storyline packs a strong punch, and makes for very exciting television, which is probably why ABC has been debating the possibilities of this alternate universe going forward.
According to co-showrunner, Jed Whedon:
“The Framework opened up a lot of ideas and a lot of possibilities, and our head of post keeps reminding us of that, because he’s the biggest fan of the Framework, and he thinks it should be its own spinoff show.”
Now, obviously, this doesn’t mean that a spin-off is definitely on the cards, or that it’ll even get to the pilot stage, but one thing’s certain – the Framework is going to be turning up again, one way or the other.
If that means more exciting alternate reality stories, then even if we don’t get a Framework spin-off, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to be riding high on some interesting concepts over the next season.