Looks like the identity of the comic-book villain now inhabiting Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) has been revealed.
The revelation comes via Dalton's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. co-star Elizabeth Henstridge (who plays Jemma Simmons on the Marvel series), who may have let slip the information while answering a couple of questions during the 2016 Wizard World Convention. Oops! Here's what she said:
“Watching him [Dalton] play Hive is interesting. He has the memories of the people he has killed.”
In the Marvel Comics, Hive was created by Hydra and was a laboratory experiment made to physically embody the Hydra ideal. It was an entity composed of countless numbers of genetically engineered parasites, and a Hydra agent was offered (or rather fed) to the parasite as a host in order for these parasites to form a single being.
Possessing a quiet and cunning intelligence, Hive was described as grotesque and menacing in stature and appearance. It has no identity of its own as the collective dominates the human host it inhabits. As a result of its conditioning, it is completely dedicated to Hydra. (Hail Hydra!)
Asserting itself as an individual when it becomes one, although without a name or personality, Hive is capable of speech, although what he speaks is a language said to be unknown but is also spoken by other Hydra agents, suggesting it was created by them for strategic secrecy.
The difference between comic-book Hive and MCU Hive (if Ward is now indeed Hive) is that on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the villainous creature is an Inhuman banished on Maveth centuries ago who does have the ability to inhabit a host (Will, Ward). What do you think about this reveal? Are you excited to see Ward as Hive?
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns on March 8.
(via Comic Book Movie)