Ward is hellbent on destroying S.H.I.E.L.D. Nothing has changed since the midseason finale, has it?
In a promo for “Bouncing Back,” the upcoming return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, former agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton) remains the threat he’s been since the latter half of Season 1, except now he’s a superpowered Inhuman after his body bonded with a parasite on Maveth. To even the odds, the Secret Warriors are formally coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Yeah, that’s right, Nick Fury’s personal group of agents unknown to the rest of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have their place in the MCU. We recently learned that Slingshot will be in the series, but the Secret Warriors actually forming means others are likely to hop aboard as well. The promo is heavy on familiar faces like Daisy and Bobbi, so it’s anyone’s guess as to who’s next to fill rank.
When Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took its winter break in December, I was ecstatic with where it left off in the narrative. Finally, Grant Ward, the man who overstayed his usefulness, was killed off in ultimately satisfying fashion. He’s been a bastard Hydra agent since the show timed with Captain America: The Winter Soldier almost a full two years ago. It was a legitimately shocking twist that rocked, but since Season 2, Ward has floated without purpose. He became fat that needed trimming. It felt great when the show appeared to let him go, leaving him dead on Maveth.
And then, the episode reached its stinger with a zombified, Inhuman-powered Ward stopping Malick in his path. Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. really wants to make Ward happen. Will it ever?
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns March 8 on ABC.