ByJo Isnain, writer at
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Jo Isnain

With the midseason finale of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D showing us that Skye is actually Quake or Daisy and the daughter of Mr Hyde before that we referred him as only "The Doctor" (and no it's not like Dr Who) until the midseason finale confirmed she was actually Skye and then with Ward and Agent 13 (or whatever her name was I can't remember) escaped from getting caught by S.H.I.E.L.D and also tears of disappointment were shed because of the death of agent Triplett.

I have a theory about Ward I think Ward might just be the Taskmaster. In case you don't know who the Taskmaster is he's kind of a mercenary (well not really but..) the character was primarily a supervillain but now is often portrayed as an antihero. The Taskmaster first appeared in Avengers vol.1 #195 (May 1980). The Taskmaster is often hired as a training instructor by various criminal organizations, as well as S.H.I.E.L.D. and the U.S. government. In Taskmaster vol.2 #3 (2011), the character was revealed to be a S.H.I.E.L.D. sleeper agent planted by Nick Fury to gather intelligence in the criminal underworld.

Just another knight in shining armour wannabe
Just another knight in shining armour wannabe

Taskmaster is a mysterious figure believed to have been born in Brooklyn, New York City. He has the ability to mimic the physical movements of anyone he witnesses; writers differ on whether this counts as a "super power". He claims that he has had this ability since childhood. He works as a combat instructor and trains others to become lackeys for other villains by utilizing the techniques he has learned from his observation of superheroes and participates in mercenary jobs from time to time. Initially portrayed as a villain, he has also been shown training U.S. Agent and other neophyte superheroes at the behest of the US government. A mercenary, he has no ideology except that of his employer. Due to his ability to imitate the techniques and armory of other heroes and villains, the Taskmaster has occasionally been used to impersonate other characters.

Although Ward doesn't have much of the characteristics of Taskmaster and his alter ego is actually Anthony "Tony" Masters but lets take a look at what they both have in common;-


Superb hand to hand combatant

Deadly marksman

Photographic reflexes

Voice mimicry

Grant Ward:

Originally a S.H.I.E.L.D. black ops specialist, Ward is revealed to be a Hydra agent in "Turn, Turn, Turn". He was recruited by John Garrett to Hydra as a teenager in a flashback in "Ragtag". He was arrested in "Beginning of the End", and is seen imprisoned in a Playground cell in "Shadows". He escaped from S.H.I.E.L.D custody in "A Fractured House". Ward did not appear in "Heavy is the Head" and "Face My Enemy". Prior to revealing his Hydra loyalties, Ward had engaged in a discreet physical relationship with Agent May, and later revealed his romantic feelings for Skye. During his imprisonment in the Playground base, he would only provide intelligence to Skye, and expressed remorse for his actions towards Fitz and Simmons in "Ragtag". After escaping S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Ward kills his brother and parents and joins Daniel Whitehall, but actually has his own agenda, reuniting Skye with her father in order to gain her affection. Skye shoots Ward, but he escapes with Agent 33.(Just a bit of information)

Even if Ward can't mimicry peoples voices or their moves but he has a countermeasure for everyone and he can tell if that person is a S.H.I.E.L.D agent or not and better he can convince people that they're on the wrong side he can persuade people I mean come on he outsmarted Mockingbird and he's associated with Hydra just like Taskmaster.

Ward at least scored 4/5 from Taskmaster they both have countermeasures for others,they both are expert at hand to hand combats,they both are expert on weapons.


Could Ward be the Taskmaster?


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