Well, for starters I guess we can stop referring to the character as Grant Ward, even though actor Brett Dalton is still playing him.
If you recall, in the midseason finale of Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., Coulson finally put an end to the psychotic Ward once and for all… or so he thought. As we later discovered, the entity inhabiting the planet known as Maveth actually took control of the former Agent’s body and managed to return to earth. Since that episode aired, fans have been speculating about who or what exactly this evil being could be, and it looks like we finally have an answer.
While attending Wizard World Portland over the weekend, Elizabeth Henstridge (Gemma Simmons) was asked what actor she loves that plays a character she hates and she responded:
Watching him [Dalton] play Hive is interesting. He has the memories of the people he has killed. That’s going to have some interesting situations.
There you have it: Ward is now Hive – a tentacled mass of parasites that can take over and control a human host, and was created as a Hydra experiment in the comics. We’ve already seen the creature’s powers of possession in action, but whether Ward takes on a more monstrous form or not remains to be seen.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC at 9 pm EST on Tuesday, March 8th.