“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is finally naming the mysterious villain from the planet Maveth. “It” took over Ward’s (Brett Dalton) body after Coulson (Clark Gregg) killed the nefarious double agent. Now, producers have confirmed that “It” is actually Hive, a villain comic book fans will recognize in Season 3.
Executive producers Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen confirmed to Nerdist that Ward is the Hydra villain from the “Secret Warriors” comics (which nixes the long-running fan theory that Ward could become Hellfire, a Secret Warrior).
The news isn’t too shocking to audiences. Viewers suspected Hive was arriving when they noticed what seemed to be a tentacle on Ward’s face in the ABC winter finale, and Elizabeth Henstridge, who plays Simmons, recently spilled the beans at Wizard World Portland. “Now Ward is Hive and takes on the memories of people he's killed, so that's going to have some interesting situations,” she revealed during a Q&A session, ComicBook.com reports.
Still, there is plenty to know about the character from the comics. Check out what we know about Hive already:
1. Hydra Lab Experiment – Hive was created as Hydra’s version of perfection. They made him using several different genetically engineered parasites, according to Marvel Database.
2. Tentacles – If “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” follows the comics, Ward’s chiseled jawline might not be visible for much longer. Hive is covered in tentacles.
I REALLY hope that weird alien-snake thing, that took host in Ward's dead body, turns "Ward" into Hive. pic.twitter.com/7GXPvBdBKb
— Miranda Miller (@mrandamiller517) January 16, 2016
3. Abilities – Audiences have seen Hive access the minds of its host bodies already. In the comics, he uses pod parasites to control the minds of individuals without using their body as a host, Comic Vine reports.
4. Leadership – In the TV show, Malick (Powers Boothe) seems to think of Hive as a god. That isn’t quite the case in the comics, but Hive is very much a feared and respected leader. He is a top-ranking official, equal to Baron von Strucker.
Though “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 will acknowledge the original Hive storyline, don’t expect the show to faithfully stick to that story. “Our version of Hive is going to have its own unique twist and be very different from what fans have seen so far,” Whedon and Tancharoen told Nerdist in a statement. “We will see similarities that pay homage to the original character, but fans will see that Hive is taking an exciting new direction in the world of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.IE.L.D.’”
Audiences of superhero shows will have to keep their villains straight. Obviously, Marvel’s Hive is different, although apparently just as evil, as the H.I.V.E. group on DC’s “Arrow.”
“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 3 returns Tuesday, March 8, at 9 p.m. EST on ABC.