Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen have double-secret officially confirmed that which cast member Elizabeth Henstridge let slip at a recent Con, regarding the new identity of disgraced team member Grant Ward.
Having been consumed by the Inhuman creature that lived on and terrorized the distant planet Maveth, Ward (played by original cast member Brett Dalton) is now the conglomeration of parasitic organisms known as the Hive, the EPs told Nerdist.com.
The Hive first debuted almost seven years ago in the Secret Warriors comic book series that S.H.I.E.L.D. is now plumbing for story, as a Hydra-created assembly of genetically-engineered parasites that can occupy a human host. The ABC TV series’ iteration, however, will present its “own unique twist and be very different” from what Marvel enthusiasts may have seen on the printed page.
Also, though it obviously need not be said (yet wisenheimers will persist): no relation to DC Comics’/Arrow‘s H.I.V.E.!
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. resumes Season 3 on Tuesday, March 8 at 9/8c.