With the creation of The Framework and a certain portal in the season finale of Marvel’s ‘Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ there was a potential that one or two agents might have made it back onto the series from the dead. While it unlikely that any did, we’ve now learned that at the very least Brett Dalton’s Grant Ward won’t be making a return. This year there will be no mid-season cliffhanger due to the 22-episode run starting after Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ on ABC which would have been the perfect place to show that he had made it into our world and while that probably didn’t factor into the producer’s decision it might have been a perfect transitional spot
The news came directly from Executive Producer Jed Whedon when he said that while they had considered Agent Ward returning once more as part of the good guys, “scheduling, or personal issues, or other shows that take our people away” prevented that from happening.
Jeff Bell who is also an Executive Producer on the show also chimed in that:
“Aida rebuilt her body out of dark stuff from a dark, terrible universe, so she wasn’t exactly human. There was a Darkhold filter through which she came, so it seemed that anyone who came back that way was not, in fact, really themselves, but some corrupted version of themselves.”
With that in mind, had Ward come back, he might not have been working alongside S.H.I.E.L.D. again after all and could have even been a new superpowered villain. Honestly, I’d say that as fun as the character could be they had really overused both the actor and bringing him back from the dead far too many times at this point where it was starting to become a gimmick and another case of Marvel’s problem where death isn’t final in the films and show.
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