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"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. However, during an encounter with S.H.I.E.L.D., Hayward was executed by his employers, in order to ensure that he was not captured and interrogated.


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, though he retained contact with Laura, his sister and only relative.[1]

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.[1]

Ambush at the Centipede Base[]

Hayward was called by his sister Laura after she was approached by Grant Ward and learned that someone was looking for him, the two siblings scoffing at the idea that Brian had been the winner of an Ohio gaming lottery, agreeing that such luck never came their way. 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. Hayward was killed by Raina upon his capture by S.H.I.E.L.D. and the activation of his Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant kill-switch.[1]

Powers and Abilities[]


  • Artificially Enhanced Physiology: Due to use of the Centipede Device, a blood-filtering device made of Chitauri metal that delivers a combination of Extremis, Gamma Radiation, and elements of the Super Soldier Serum into his system, Hayward has come to possess various superhuman abilities.
    • Enhanced Strength: The Centipede Device attached to Hayward gave him enhanced strength, which enabled him to fight the cybernetically enhanced Mike Peterson with ease. He also fought the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents easily in the Oakland Centipede Laboratory.
    • Enhanced Durability: Hayward managed to not be knocked unconscious by the Night-Night Gun after being shot by it.
    • Enhanced Speed: Hayward's enhanced speed as a result of the Centipede Device allowed him to fight the also enhanced Mike Peterson.
    • Enhanced Agility: The agility earned by Hayward's device made him a formidable fighter.
    • Enhanced Stamina: Hayward's stamina was considerably increased while the effects of the Centipede Serum lasted, allowing him to be deployed in missions and battle battle Mike Peterson as well as Coulson's Team for a considerable amount of time. However, after each mission, Hayward would feel extremely tired and need regular injections of the serum.
    • Enhanced Reflexes: Hayward could dodge Mike Peterson's incoming attacks.
    • Enhanced Vision: Hayward was given a Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant. This allowed him to see through solid objects, but came at a cost. His eye was able to be accessed by Centipede Project members like Raina and Edison Po. If Hayward disobeyed, they could press a button that blows his skull open from his head. This was eventually used to kill him.
    • Regenerative Healing Factor: The Centipede Device allowed Hayward to heal from his injuries very quickly.


  • 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.

Other Equipment[]

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