Three years after the fall of SHIELD, HYDRA flourished in the ashed ruins of the once powerful world clandestine organization. Many of SHIELD’s top agents had either deferred to the “dark side”, reported missing, or were eliminated for resisting. SHIELD’s presence was in utter decay around the world and most believed that the agents had been hunted like sport and all but gone extinct, choking on their honor as they writhed in agony in the name of their foolish loyalty and pride. Their surrender was inevitable. Ward knew that better than any one. His team would hunt SHIELD agents until darkness reigned over the world. And sitting upon that throne was Daniel Whitehall - the crazed, megalomaniac who was obsessed with immortality and had a penchant of warping HYDRA’s soldiers into soulless, obedient puppets. Ward knew it was only a matter of time before he would be all too “happy to comply”, and decided it was time to get out. And the opportunity presented itself in a seemingly simple assignment by the head of HYDRA himself: the transportation of a gift from the Kree empire to HYDRA’s headquarters.
Ward had it all planned out: he would make sure that the job goes sideways and in the flaming wreckage, disappear from the face of the earth, never to be seen again.
Only before he could do that, he
discovers that the chamber with the “gift” housed none other than his former teammate, Jemma Simmons. A newly transformed, Inhuman Jemma Simmons.
In a strange turn of events, Ward becomes wrapped up in helping Simmons escape the pod and is forced to bring her to the only place she believes could keep her safe: SHIELD.
To say that this mission would be dangerous on both fronts would be the understatement of the century… but Ward was never one to back down from a challenge.