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"Old HYDRA's full of guys like him. Soft, entitled, mistaking wealth for success, privilege for power. Their greed splintered HYDRA into a thousand pieces. Their time is over. Time for a leaner generation."
Grant Ward to Kebo[src]

Grant Ward's Campaign was an attempt by HYDRA operative Grant Ward to rebuild the terrorist organization HYDRA following its severe defeat.


"You understand who you work for now? Good, I'm done flying solo; I miss having a team around me. I want more names."
"Hail HYDRA to that. What's the plan, sir? Chaos?"
Grant Ward and his HYDRA team[src]

Following the defeat of Daniel Whitehall's and Baron Strucker's HYDRA cells at the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, the terrorist organization suffered major setbacks. Strucker and his second in command Doctor List were two of the last few remaining heads of HYDRA, and much of their equipment and weaponry was either taken away or were used by Ultron in his own war against the Avengers.[1]

Grant Ward deciding to rebuild HYDRA

Only a few scattered HYDRA cells remained operational. One of them, led by Mitchell Carson, managed to obtain the Pym Particle technology.[2] During the War Against the Inhumans, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Grant Ward attempted to help Kara Palamas to have her revenge on Bobbi Morse but instead ended up accidentally killing Palamas. Ward later came in contact with a small HYDRA cell and ordered them to find the remaining heads of HYDRA. When they failed to find many names, Ward appointed himself their new leader with the intention to rebuild HYDRA and destroy S.H.I.E.L.D.[3]


New Recruits

"These people have proven themselves in blood, see how they didn't even flinch. Now it's your chance, to prove you still have a purpose, show me you're not dead weight. So tell me, where's the kid?"
Grant Ward to Carmine[src]

Grant Ward's soldiers

Calling himself the "Director" of HYDRA, Grant Ward felt that HYDRA had squandered opportunities and was filled with members who cared more about personal wealth than advancing the organization. He had his second-in-command Kebo find members [4] who had proven themselves through fight clubs that Kebo created; to be a member, the person had to kill the opponent.[5] Furthermore, Ward needed to see that the person was without fear of personal injury and would stand tall in the face of potential danger. For six months, Kebo recruited members. Ward brought his followers together one day when he captured Carmine and had the recruit of the old regime reveal the location of Werner von Strucker.[4]

Kidnapping of Werner von Strucker

Kebo and Grant Ward

"HYDRA's fractured, in pieces. We're gonna rebuild it – the right way – by force."
"My father so rarely let me see any of his world."
"It's your world now."
Grant Ward and Werner von Strucker[src]

Grant Ward and Kebo went to Ibiza, Spain to find Werner von Strucker; they watched with binoculars as the young man partied with women off the coast. Kebo wondered why they were attacking Strucker,[4] who had just gained an inheritance after his father's death, [1] because there were easier ways to get money to finance HYDRA; Ward replied that he wanted to teach the boy a lesson about the real world.[4] Ward did not reveal that he wanted Werner to gain access to the Strucker family vault which he heard had HYDRA's greatest weapon.[6]

Kebo attacks Werner von Strucker's boat

Kebo, carrying a bag, put on a scuba suit and swam underwater to the yacht; he emerged from the water quietly and opened the bag on the yacht, releasing the rats inside. The presence of the rats caused chaos as the women screamed and Strucker's bodyguards ran to kill the vermin. Ward then appeared, joking that he was an exterminator, and began killing the bodyguards. Strucker held up his hands, cornered and afraid.

Kebo tortures Werner von Strucker

With Strucker captured, Ward ordered Kebo to get the passcodes and account numbers of the young man's various bank accounts, by any means necessary. Kebo took delight in torturing him. Suddenly, Strucker grew tired of being harassed and retaliated, asking Kebo if he knew who he truly was; Strucker used the alias "Alexander Braun" to hide any connection he had to his infamous father. Ward appeared, telling Strucker that he knew his true identity and that he passed the test Ward had given him by standing up for himself and beating the larger man.

Werner von Strucker meets Andrew Garner

Ward then talked with Werner about how Wolfgang died a meaningless death, though he was one of HYDRA's greatest leaders, and the boy could make the family name meaningful again as a part of his retooling of HYDRA. Strucker agreed to join. Ward then sent "Alexander Braun" to Culver University and had him join the psychology class of Andrew Garner, a S.H.I.E.L.D. consultant and the ex-husband of Agent Melinda May.[4]

S.H.I.E.L.D. Attacks

Lance Hunter tracks down Grant Ward

"He killed a man to get close to you. They wanted you dead that much."
"They all want me dead that much."
Kebo and Grant Ward[src]

Due to the Kidnapping of Bobbi Morse orchestrated by Grant Ward and Kara Palamas, Bobbi Morse lost half a lung; Morse's ex-husband and lover Lance Hunter wanted revenge. Hunter discussed his desire with S.H.I.E.L.D. director Phil Coulson who sanctioned the mission. Since Morse was not approved for field missions, Hunter went to Sun City, Arizona and recruited Melinda May to assist him in finding and killing Ward.[4]

Lance Hunter is welcomed into HYDRA

Pretending to be arms dealers named Richy and Gina, respectively, who wanted to sell weapons to Ward, Hunter and May went to an ex-associate of Hunter's called Spud who had connections to HYDRA. Spud informed the pair that the only way to meet the "director" of HYDRA was to work through the ranks which initially required one to win in the fight clubs created by Kebo. Ultimately, Hunter became a member of HYDRA by killing Spud when the two fought to the death in the club.[5]

Days later, May felt that Hunter was being overwhelmed with vengeance and went to the Playground to consult with Coulson. Coulson put a raiding party together to assist May and Hunter when the location of Ward was obtained.

Attack on Grant Ward

Grant Ward and Kebo checking their weapons

"So glad you're here, May. I was planning on heading out with a truck full of weapons that Hunter so kindly supplied. Looking to cause a little mayhem, draw S.H.I.E.L.D. out, when, instead, you came to me."
"You're trapped, Ward."
"Hey. Don't interrupt. Not before you see my surprise."
Grant Ward and Melinda May[src]

Lance Hunter met with Kebo and was to get his first assignment from Grant Ward himself who was impressed by the weaponry that "Richy" donated to HYDRA. When Ward and Hunter met, a gunfight began; Melinda May quickly found the location and assisted while Phil Coulson said that his party was a few minutes away.

Grant Ward getting shot by Lance Hunter

Finding himself pinned, Ward enacted his back-up plan. Werner von Strucker was told to drop his disguise as a college student and, with an arsonist]] and an assassin, kill Professor Andrew Garner, May's ex-husband. Ward told the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents that he would stay his order of execution if allowed to escape. Though May contemplated the request for the sake of the man she loved, Hunter was not to be swayed and pushed the assault. With the help of Kebo, Ward escaped nonetheless, though he took gunfire in his back and shoulder.[7]

Attack on Andrew Garner

Werner von Strucker corners Andrew Garner

"Hey, professor, where you been? You know you're a tough guy to track down."
"What's going on here, Alex?"
Werner von Strucker and Andrew Garner[src]

Meanwhile, Garner escaped his assassination attempt by being an Inhuman and transforming into a monstrous being called Lash. Lash killed the arsonist and assassin;[8] Strucker barely escaped before Aaron's Market, the place of the confrontation, was destroyed.[7]

New Allegiance

Werner von Strucker meets Gideon Malick

"You should think on a grander scale."
"Oh, it'll be grand. I'm going to cut off the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Because without Phil Coulson, S.H.I.E.L.D. won't grow back."
Gideon Malick and Grant Ward[src]

Werner von Strucker feared the reprimand that Grant Ward would give him for failing to kill Andrew Garner, so the young man went to see Gideon Malick, a highly respected member of HYDRA and an associate of his father. Strucker told Malick about recent events and Malick offered to help.

Grant Ward speaks to Gideon Malick

Meanwhile, Ward learned that Strucker had failed and deduced that if S.H.I.E.L.D. found the boy, he would reveal valuable information; Ward ordered Kebo to find and kill him. As Kebo began his search, he received a call which he handed to Ward from Malick, revealing Strucker's location in Lisbon. Kebo went there with a team and began torturing him.

Skirmish in Lisbon

Kebo tortures Werner von Strucker

"I've taken down men three times your size, girl. What makes you think you can beat me?"
Kebo and Bobbi Morse[src]

S.H.I.E.L.D. was looking for Strucker; Melinda May became the mission commander, replacing Lance Hunter, and recruited Bobbi Morse, now cleared for field missions, as her assistant. They went to Lisbon to interrogate Strucker for the location of Ward when they saw the torture Kebo was performing. The Skirmish in Lisbon took place as the forces clashed; Kebo was killed by Morse. Before Strucker fell into a coma he told May what happened in the Attack on Andrew Garner, but she did not get Ward's location.[8]

Search for the Von Strucker Family Vault

Grant Ward meets Gideon Malick

"You have to incorporate what you love into your work. You see the trick is, you want them to know it's gonna hurt... Build the anticipation. But you have to let them imagine a better world."
―Grant Ward to Malick's Men[src]

Ward went to meet with Malick[9] who chastised the "director" for sending Strucker on a mission before he was battle ready. Malick knew that Ward really wanted Werner for access to the Strucker family vault. Malick felt that Ward was petty and small-minded and sent assassins to eliminate Ward because he did not him to interfere in his long running schemes.

Ward survived, however, and found Malick in Zepkow, Germany in the von Strucker family vault. Since Ward passed Malick's test, Malick revealed the true origin of HYDRA and he was working to bring Hive to Earth with the pieces of the Monolith he had obtained. Ward was in awe at the revelation; he decided to torture Andrew Garner, who was in a Containment Module after his dual identity was discovered and abducted by Malick, to ease his mind.[6]

Assassination of Rosalind Price

Grant Ward aims his sniper rifle

"Now you know how it feels, Coulson... to watch someone you care for bleed out right in front of you."
Grant Ward to Phil Coulson[src]

Due to an investigation conducted by S.H.I.E.L.D., HYDRA learned that Rosalind Price had become aware of Gideon Malick's involvement with HYDRA and the ATCU's secret mission to create an army of Inhumans in order to serve Hive upon It's return to Earth as part of Project Distant Star Return. At the same time Grant Ward learned that Price had begun a relationship with Phil Coulson, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D..

Rosalind Price is shot and killed

An excellent sniper, Ward set up a rifle on a roof, aimed at the Price Residence, and, with a single shot, killed Price as she sat down to dinner with Coulson. Ward watched as Price drowned in her own blood due to the bullet to the neck while Coulson tried in vain to save her. Ward then called Coulson to inform him that he killed Price so that Coulson would know the same pain he felt over the death of Kara Palamas. Ward then sent his men into the house to attack Coulson.

Targeting Phil Coulson

"I've been working for this moment ever since S.H.I.E.L.D. murdered Kara. Why would I give that up?"
"Because you've already won. S.H.I.E.L.D.'s finished. Do you really need to take a victory lap?"
"This isn't over till I'm standing over Coulson's dead body."
Grant Ward and Gideon Malick[src]

Acting on Phil Coulson's orders, Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz investigated the Distant Star Facility with Luther Banks. While they were inside, R. Giyera forced Banks to shoot the two bodyguards with them using his telekinetic powers. He then used Banks's own gun to kill him, and abducted Fitz and Simmons, taking them to Gideon Malick. Malick, on Ward's advice, split the scientists up. Ward had Giyera torture Simmons, and used her distress to psychologically torture Fitz, hoping that one of them would tell him how Simmons returned from Maveth.

While he was mocking Fitz's pain, Ward received a phone call from Coulson, who had kidnapped his brother, Thomas. Coulson, with the intent of annoying Ward, hung up on him. Enraged, Ward called back, threatening to torture Fitz to death if they hung up on him again. To his surprise, Thomas was the one who had answered the phone. Thomas told Ward that he did not approve of or appreciate Ward's revenge on their family. During the phone call, Coulson traced Ward's phone, and found HYDRA's location. Incensed, Ward stormed in to where Simmons was being held, and, despite him previously saying he could never hurt her, began to torture Simmons viciously, so much so that Fitz broke and agreed to aid HYDRA in their expedition. [10]

Battle of Maveth

Gideon Malick saying farewell to Grant Ward

"You know, everyone had this place wrong. It isn't death. It's a new beginning. Malick was right. This is all meant to be. And the fact that you followed me here, that we're in this together, that just confirms the fact that I am part of a grand plan. I see that now."
Grant Ward to Phil Coulson[src]

On Maveth, Grant Ward and his expedition team escorted Leo Fitz with the orders to find Hive and return the powerful Inhuman to Earth by the time limit set for when the Monolith would open its retrieval portal. Fitz constantly tried to escape his chaperones but Ward caught him each time. Ward purposefully made Fitz bleed on one confrontation so that Hive could find them as he knew that the being could smell blood; Ward realized that he had no idea as to the appearance of this being.

Grant Ward is killed by Phil Coulson

Suddenly, Fitz found a cave entrance and jumped inside; Ward followed and saw Fitz with another person. Ward told Fitz that he was going to kill this stranger so that Fitz could understand that Ward was tired of his uncooperative attitude. Fitz begged for the stranger's life, citing that the stranger could guide them better to It since he has lived there for years; Ward acquiesced. Meanwhile, Phil Coulson found the trail of Ward's team and was tracking them. On Earth, S.H.I.E.L.D. was engaging in an Attack on the HYDRA Castle.[11]


Hive's Campaign

Hive takes control of Grant Ward's corpse

"Grant Ward. I wish we could have met under different circumstances."
"He was a good soldier. He dedicated his life to HYDRA."
"Thank you, for arranging that. He was strong, resilient, a perfect host."
Hive and Gideon Malick[src]

Grant Ward was dead, but his body would not rest in peace; Hive, carrying the discarded prosthetic hand of Phil Coulson, had then commandeered the corpse and used it to escape Maveth to Earth. Hive met with Gideon Malick as Malick escaped the Attack on the HYDRA Castle.[11]


Wars and Conflicts in Earth History
Asgard-Jotunheim War (965 A.D.2010) • Kree-Skrull War (995 A.D.1995) • 500 Year War (10841521) • World War II (19391945) • Johann Fennhoff's Revenge Plot (1946) • Cold War (19471991) • Bruce Banner Manhunt (20052010) • Chitauri Invasion (2012) • Aldrich Killian's War (2012) • Second Dark Elf Conflict (2013) • Centipede Investigation (20132014) • HYDRA Uprising (2014) • Ego's Expansion (Pre-1 A.D.2014) • War on HYDRA (20142015) • Operation Cerberus (2014) • S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War (20142015) • Ultron Offensive (2015) • War Against the Inhumans (2015) • Chase of Luke Cage (2015) • Inhuman Outbreak (20152016) • Grant Ward's Campaign (20152016) • Frank Castle's War (20152016) • War for New York (2016) • Anti-Inhuman Movement (20162017) • Hive's Campaign (2016) • Avengers Civil War (2016) • Termination of the Red Room (2016) • Erik Killmonger's Campaign (2016) • Adrian Toomes' Weapons Trafficking Operation (20122016) • Rawlins Conspiracy (20152016) • Chase of Quake (20162017) • Attack on the Sanctums (2017) • Terror in New Orleans (2017) • Aida's Uprising (2017) • War for Harlem (2017) • Triad War (2017) • Kingpin's Conspiracy (2017) • War Against PRIDE (20172018) • War Against Jonah (2018) • Morgan le Fay's Campaign (2018) • Schultz Conspiracy (2018) • Jigsaw's Campaign (2018) • Trish Walker's Vigilante Campaign (2018) • Infinity War (2018) • Search for Leo Fitz (20182019) • Sarge's Campaign (2019) • Izel's Campaign (2019) • War Against the Chronicoms (2019) • Ronin's Campaign (20182023) • Time Heist (2023) • Westview Anomaly (2023) • Tiamut's Emergence (2023) • Quest for Ta Lo (2024) • Flag Smashers' Political Ultimatum (2024) • Mafia Cold War (2024) • Quentin Beck's Campaign (2024) • Spider-Man Multiversal Crisis (2024) • Tracksuit Mafia Campaign (2024) • Scarlet Witch's War (2025) • Arthur Harrow's Campaign (2025)