"Who's behind Centipede? Who's doing this?
"I won't say anything. I promise. No! Please! Don't do th–"
Phil Coulson and Brian Hayward[src]

Brian Hayward was an agent of the Centipede Project, who served as one of their Centipede-enhanced Super Soldiers through the use of the Centipede Serum.


Early Life

Military Career

"Name's Brian Hayward. Stationed in Afghanistan for three years, then fell off the radar when he got back."
Grant Ward[src]

Hayward was a former soldier of the United States Army who served three years in Afghanistan and fell off the radar upon his return.

Centipede Project

Working for the Clairvoyant

Hayward was recruited into the Centipede Project, a branch of HYDRA founded by the Clairvoyant, an alias used by John Garrett. Hayward was then equipped with multiple Centipede Devices and a Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant.

Hayward participated in the prison break of Edison Po from the Havenworth Federal Penitentiary.

He was called by his sister Laura after she was approached by Grant Ward and learned that someone was looking for him.

He took part in an ambush on the S.H.I.E.L.D. team led by Phil Coulson in Oakland, California. Coulson shot him with the Night-Night Pistol to no effect.

He was killed by Raina upon his capture by S.H.I.E.L.D. and the activation of his Backscatter implant's kill-switch.[1]

Powers and Abilities


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  • Enhanced Strength: The Centipede Device attached to Hayward gave him enhanced strength, which enabled him to fight the cybernetically enhanced Mike Peterson with ease.
  • Enhanced Speed: The Centipede Device gave Hayward enhanced speed. This allowed him to keep up with the cybernetically enhanced Mike Peterson during a fight.
  • Enhanced Durability: The Centipede Device made Hayward's body more resistant to injury than that of a normal human being. He managed to not be knocked unconscious by the Night-Night Gun after being shot by it, a trait normal human beings do not have.


  • Expert Combatant: Hayward's military training gave him a large knowledge of hand-to-hand combat, being able to battle the highly-trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Mike Peterson.


Cybernetic Enhancements

"Hayward's prosthetic has the same internal power source, backscatter capabilities and biometrics as Amador."
Leo Fitz[src]
  • Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant: A prosthetic ocular implant that allowed Hayward to see through solid objects when his eyes were closed. It was also the means used by his handler to send orders and instructions. This implant was used by Raina to kill him.







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