At Wizard World Portland this weekend, the actress Elizabeth Henstridge from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. let slip a pretty huge spoiler for the show’s return. Although it’s long been speculated by fans since the reveal of Grant Ward’s supposed reincarnation in Maveth, she confirmed that Ward has in fact returned as the character Hive.
During her panel, it’s stated that Ward has made some changes lately, and Elizabeth is asked if we should expect big things from him. The actress responds:
“I did not see that coming. It [Ward’s changed character] is going to play a big role and it’s so nasty.”
Later she discusses her character’s increasingly pragmatic attitude, and apparent willingness to go to any lengths to destroy people whom she deems a threat. This segues into a discussion of Simmons’ current feelings for Grant Ward.
“She hates him. It is fair, but I think that’s the first time she’s felt such strong emotion. And I think she’s still feeling it, you know? And now Ward is Hive and takes on the memories of people he’s killed, so that’s going to have some interesting situations for her.”
Listen to the panel:
Hive, who would have the memories not only of Grant Ward, but also of Will Daniels and his relationship with Simmons on the alien planet, certainly has the potential to be a very real threat. Not only has there been the suggestion that Hive brought about the destruction of the deserted planet, leading to very real questions about what might be coming for Earth, but many of the agents have very personal histories with the people whom Hive’s memories belonged to. It should make for some interesting confrontations when the show returns.
We imagine that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will be putting their own spin on Hive, as they have done with many other characters, but here’s what we know of the comic book character:
Hive was a former Hydra agent, selected for a special program codenamed “Ravenous”. He’s placed in a room of parasitic pods who attach to the agent, eventually forming a mutated human/parasite hybrid. Hive is able to gain control of others by placing his parasites on the body of a victim. He also has enhanced strength and excels in hand-to-hand combat. Despite the fact that Hive’s individual parasites are deadly, it still has the physical limitations of its host, no doubt making Grant Ward a perfect choice.
It remains to be seen how much of the 616 Universe backstory the show adheres to, but it sounds like it’s going to be a wild ride! Let us know what you think below, or find us on Twitter.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns 9PM, Tuesday March 8 on ABC