Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s showrunners have confirmed the Inhuman villain identity of Hydra agent Grant Ward.
Although S.H.I.E.L.D. director, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg), killed Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) on another planet in the midseason finale, Ward’s body was possessed by an inhuman “entity” which Hydra wanted to bring back to Earth. Hydra succeeded, and although the old Grant Ward is dead, Grant Ward (or at least his body) still lives as Hive.
Hive is a villain from the “Secret Warriors” comic book series. According to Comic Book Resources, “Hive is a mass of genetically engineered parasites created by Hydra to personify the best qualities of the organization and the individuals therein. The parasites latch onto a human host, increasing its strength while absorbing its memories.”
However, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen promise that the show will have a different take on Hive. They said in a statement: “As we saw in the midseason finale episode, Ward is back on Earth, but he’s definitely not the same Ward who went through the portal to the alien world.” Hive “is going to have its own unique twist and be very different from what fans have seen so far. We will see similarities that pay homage to the original character, but fans will see that Hive is taking an exciting new direction.”
We can’t wait to see how Dalton will portray this new threat to Coulson’s team, how the agents react to a new enemy wearing a familiar face, and what Hydra’s plans are now that it has the Inhuman creature back on Earth.
Nerdist posted the following exclusive image of Brett Dalton as Hive.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on Tuesday, March 8th, on ABC at 9pm EST.SuperFable