From Agent To Inhuman
The journey of Grant Ward is remarkable, from being a top S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, to a Hydra double agent, to becoming the favorite host body for the Inhuman Hive. Brett Dalton’s character has evolved in such a way that it actually hurts to see him go after his finale death in season three of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The character, who is part of the original cast since the show premiered on September of 2013, achieved his highest potential when he first died by the hands of Coulson on the mid-season finale of season three. Trapped in the portal planet, the ancient Inhuman Hive is able to successfully inhabit the cadaver of Grant Ward and return to Earth. From here on is when season three goes full "Inhumanity", with the group of agents led by Phil Coulson trying to stop Hive’s evil plan of turning every human on Earth into an Inhuman.
Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios’ president, has not discarded the possibility of an Inhumans movie, even though it was removed from Marvel’s Phase Three set of films as he explained in a recent talk with Empire:
“The only situation right now is that is not gonna be a part of Phase 3 because Phase 3 increased in a very good way since we initially announced. When and where and how it pops up remains to be seen…”
When the Inhumans movie is finally set in motion, it is safe to assume that most if not all of the Inhumans we all love and know will be present, those being Black Bolt, Medusa, and the rest of the Inhuman Royal Family. What remains unknown is if any of the Inhumans that we've seen in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will also find their way into the movie, like Chloe Bennet’s Daisy Johnson/Quake. Out of all the Inhumans that were visually presented on the TV show, I think Hive is one with the highest potential of appearing on cinemas as I explain below.
Connecting Hive & The Inhuman Royal Family
Hive is an ancient inhuman that was trapped in a different planet. He eventually led that planet and its whole civilization into extinction as he explained to Fitz while in the body of Will in the episode “Maveth” of season three. With that notion, then it's possible that Hive at some point in his extensive life came in contact with Black Bolt and the Inhuman Royal Family.
We saw some of Hive's history in the episode “Failed Experiments” of season three, where he was once a human living in the primitive era of civilization, later to be experimented by Kree Reapers and turned into an inhuman. While this doesn’t necessarily make him the first ever inhuman, it does make him quite ancient indeed. Black Bolt was born many generations after Hive was first experimented on by the Kree being that his significance comes into play in modern times along heroes like the Fantastic Four (He first appeared on Fantastic Four #45). So, in some way or another Hive has had to come in contact with Attilan (Inhuman city), Black Bolt, and/or the Inhuman Royal Family. Where Black Bolt and the Inhuman Royal Family were during season two and three of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is up to debate.
Hive's Visual Effects
Hive is one inhuman that wasn’t fully visually explored on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as we only saw him in his final form briefly in the finale of season three. Though I totally enjoyed Brett Dalton’s amazing performance as Ward-host Hive, I would’ve love to see more of the Davy Jones-from-Pirates of the Caribbean-looking Hive, because it simply looked awesome! Since ABC Studios produces the show and since both ABC and Marvel Studios are under the umbrella of Disney, then I doubt it would be hard to bring CGI Hive to the big screen. In part, most of the special effects on the show are possible, but not necessarily, because of this connection, since some of the CGI on the show, like the Quinjet, look like they came straight out of 2012’s The Avengers.
It would be great to see Hive again, and in his final form all throughout the future Inhumans movie. If this is possible, and Hive does return, unfortunately I don’t think Brett Dalton would be back to reprise the role, simply because the Grant Ward host body was ultimately destroyed in season three’s finale.
How Hive Could Return
The way Hive lives and operates is by inhabiting a host, like a parasite. In the vacuum of space, it’s possible his cells would quickly die like any other human, but, given the fact that he has direct Kree DNA, it’s possible his cells could survive in the cosmos. A notable example is Ronan the Accuser, a full Kree, who we saw speaking with Thanos in the vacuum of space somewhere in the universe in Guardians of the Galaxy.
If this is then true, and Ronan and Thanos weren’t just protected by some invisible force field, then the second one of Hive’s cells finds a considerable body to occupy, the cells would quickly reproduce, regenerating the ancient inhuman. The same could be said for Phil Coulson, since he was brought back to life with direct Kree DNA when he underwent Project T.A.H.I.T.I. (it’s a magical place), but that might be stretching the theory a bit too much.
Hive Should Return
Hive the character looked terrific on television, and it would be a wish-come-true if he was to return in the future Inhumans movie. With Hive being the source for the creation of Hydra in the MCU, it would be interesting to see if Captain America’s Hydra reveal in the recent Captain America #1 translates to the movies, as we could see the Captain himself make an attempt in bringing back the evil Inhuman.