Spoilers for Agents of SHIELD Season 3 below:
Agents of SHIELD's third season introduced a new and complex history of Hydra to the MCU, with a ancient and wicked Inhuman serving as the true deity and figure-head of the cult-like organization.
As Gideon Malick explained:
Thousands of years ago, an Inhuman was born on this planet that was destined to rule it, so powerful, so fearsome that others were consumed with dread, and so they banished it from the Earth, sent it through the portal to a distant planet. HYDRA was founded with the sole purpose of engineering its return.
Consisting of a writhing mass of parasitic organisms, this monstrous being exerted its cruel will over men and Inhumans alike, the latter not having a choice due to its parasitic abilities, earning it the name Hive.
The second half of season 3 largely dealt with repercussions surrounding the homecoming of this evil entity, and while it spent most of its time "parading around" within the corpse of fallen #Hydra agent Grant Ward, Hive eventually showed its true face; first to its loyal Hydra disciples, and then again to its enemy, Phil Coulson.
The eventual reveal of Hive's true form in the season finale was surely a payoff for fans who were, after many teases, treated to a comic-accurate and dynamically rendered face of Hydra, giving the good ole skull and tentacles of Hydra a new sinister sense of meaning.
Well now concept artist Joshua James Shaw has revealed some of Hive's early designs for fans to dive into, so without further ado:
Some of those details such as the ink within the eye are just fantastic! It appears that the final product ended up pretty similar to these terrifying designs, which most fans would agree is a darn good thing.
After all, if you are bringing the monster that inspired satanic and demonic folklore to life, it's face should probably live up to the myth.
What do you think of the concept art?