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Grant Douglas Ward was a virtual recreation of the real-world person of the same name inside the Framework. A HYDRA agent tasked with finding and capturing Inhumans, he became a double agent for S.H.I.E.L.D. after discovering that his partner and girlfriend Skye was a latent Inhuman. When Skye had come into contact with a mysterious ally, Jemma Simmons, Ward revealed his allegiance to the Patriot. Ward continued his fight against HYDRA, finding Skye to be acting like a different person until it was revealed that she believed that Ward was living inside the Framework, an alternative reality. Ward remained loyal to S.H.I.E.L.D. in the wake of Skye's confession and the death of the Patriot, helping his allies escape the Framework and causing a revolution against HYDRA.
Recruited by Victoria Hand
- "Well, when I got that offer, I took it. I was serving time. Arson, first degree. Pretty sure my life was over. That's when someone came to me."
"A S.H.I.E.L.D. agent? What was his name?"
"She'd laugh that you assumed it was a guy. Her name was Victoria Hand. She was the first person to tell me I could be a good man."
- ―Grant Ward and Phil Coulson[src]
Grant Ward was arrested and found guilty of arson. Therefore, Ward was incarcerated; as a result, he thought his life was over. However, he had the chance of meeting Victoria Hand, who convinced him that he had the potential of being a good person. Following this meeting, Ward accepted her offer and joined S.H.I.E.L.D..
Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Turning Double Agent
Ward met Skye within S.H.I.E.L.D. and started dating her. Ward learned that his girlfriend was an Inhuman and therefore became a double agent within HYDRA in order to protect her since the fascist organization was hunting down Inhumans.
When Daisy Johnson connected herself to the Framework, she took Skye's place and, upon discovering Ward in her bed, made a strange gesture at him. Ward, ignoring that the person in front of him was not exactly who he believed, mocked her, not knowing that she had tried to use her Inhuman powers. Johnson told him that they were summoned to work, so Ward got up and dressed before heading to the Triskelion.
Upon arriving in HYDRA's headquarters, Ward noticed that Johnson seemed lost, going in the wrong direction and being disturbed by a statue representing HYDRA's symbol, but thought that it was because he refused to live with Skye after she asked him. Ward and Johnson then went to a briefing conducted by Melinda May, who ordered them to interrogate a suspect named Jason Rajan.
Ward and Johnson went to the interrogation room and started questioning him about his activities. When Johnson figured out that someone within HYDRA provided Rajan with an official ID card and revealed that she knew his true name: Vijay Nadeer. While Nadeer violently answered to Johnson, Ward suddenly punched him and knocked him out. Afterwards, May joined them into the interrogation room and ordered Nadeer to be taken to The Doctor.
Ward later caught Daisy Johnson while she was leaving the Triskelion and confronted her about her attitude since he did not recognize his girlfriend. Johnson bluntly rebuked him, stating that she needed space because Ward was not ready to commit further in their relationship.
Knowing that something did not feel right, Ward followed his girlfriend and remained hidden while Johnson met with Jemma Simmons. While they were about to leave, Ward ambushed them and asked Johnson whether Simmons was his source within the Resistance. When Johnson claimed that she had nothing to do with the Resistance, Ward replied that he did and shot a HYDRA agent sent to capture Simmons.
The three of them then took Simmons' car and fled while being chased by other HYDRA operatives. On the way, Ward told Johnson that she was an Inhuman and was surprised to know that she was already aware of this fact. He also asked her how she knew Vijay Nadeer's real name, revealing that he was acting as an undercover agent within HYDRA. Afterwards, he drove Johnson and Simmons to safety while erasing their tracks. He also learned Johnson's true identity and stated that they needed to talk later.
Since Daisy Johnson's friends, Jemma Simmons and Phil Coulson, were in danger, Ward set up a meeting with the S.H.I.E.L.D. resistance in order to take them to safety, telling the Patriot that they could be trusted and welcomed in the Playground.
Search for Holden Radcliffe
Back to the Triskelion, Ward saw Daisy Johnson while she was gathering intel about Holden Radcliffe and advised her not to do such actions inside the HYDRA headquarters. Johnson ignored him and proceeded to continue doing so before the pair tried to leave the Triskelion. However, Melinda May summoned Johnson to a briefing, so she trusted Ward with Radcliffe's location and asked him to give it to Jemma Simmons.
Ward returned to the Playground and informed the Patriot that Johnson (though Ward kept calling her Skye) could be in danger. Ward confronted Simmons about the fact that his girlfriend seemed to have changed after encountering Simmons and questioned his loyalty, but Simmons proved her allegiance by showing him her S.H.I.E.L.D. ID, so Ward reluctantly gave her Radcliffe's location. Ward then took S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Quinjet and flew to Ogygia with Simmons and Phil Coulson in order to retrieve Radcliffe.
The three of them quickly found the former scientist. Simmons and Coulson began to confront him about his actions but Ward, who did not understand anything about their conversation about another world and feared that HYDRA agents could have spotted them, ordered Radcliffe to come with them, but they were interrupted by the arrival of the Zephyr One with Madame Hydra and The Doctor on board.
Ward, Simmons and Coulson hid in the woods nearby, keeping eyes on Radcliffe discussing with Madame Hydra. When The Doctor brought Agnes Kitsworth and threatened to kill her, Ward took his own rifle and aimed at him, but Simmons told him not to kill The Doctor, stating that she knew him, that he had been brainwashed and that they needed him.
Ward disbelieved that, but chose not to shoot The Doctor, who killed Kitsworth. While Simmons screamed in horror, the HYDRA agents starting firing at Ward and Coulson, who fought back and managed to get back on the Quinjet with Simmons.
Upon returning to the Playground, the Patriot and Ward confronted Simmons about what happened on Ogygia, but she broke down and left the room. Ward later saw Alphonso Mackenzie who told them that Johnson was in HYDRA's custody and offered to join S.H.I.E.L.D..
Losing The Patriot
Ward took part in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s efforts to find Daisy Johnson, watching the numerous bodies found in a bus headed to the HYDRA Enlightenment Cultivation Center and relieved that her girlfriend was not among them. He then joined the Patriot when he summoned Jemma Simmons for questioning. Simmons finally told Ward and Mace about the fact that they were all living in a alternate reality which was purely virtual.
Ward and the Patriot got offended because they thought Simmons was saying that what they did with the S.H.I.E.L.D. resistance did not matter and Ward told her that she had no way of proving that she was telling the truth. Once she had left, Ward and the Patriot discussed what Simmons had told her, with the Patriot thinking that there might have been some truth in it and ordering Ward to investigate further.
Later, Ward discussed with Simmons as she was smiling at Alphonso Mackenzie playing with his daughter Hope. Simmons told him about all the misdeeds his real-life counterpart had done, to which Ward apologized. While they further discussed about what was real or not, they intercepted a HYDRA transmission indicating that a S.H.I.E.L.D. team led by the Patriot and Phil Coulson to find agent Antoine Triplett was in danger. Ward and Simmons thus decided to go to the HYDRA Enlightenment Cultivation Center to help them.
Ward and Simmons successfully infiltrated the compound and entered a collapsing building who had been bombed by HYDRA. Ward watched the building crumble on the Patriot while he tried to rescue Chris Adler. When Melinda May arrived in the building and ordered them to stay still, Ward told her that they would all die should she kill the Patriot. Helpless, Ward had no choice but leaving the building, letting the Patriot sacrifice himself to ensure their escape. Once outside, he watched the building collapse, killing his leader and friend.
Searching for Skye
Having watched the news reporting the death of the Patriot and slandering his name, Ward and the other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents learned about the Escape from the Triskelion and figured out that Johnson could be involved in it, which was confirmed when Sunil Bakshi disclosed Johnson's alias Skye to the public. Angered and fearing that her girlfriend might be in danger, Ward decided to find her and gathered a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
When he suggested that Phil Coulson joined them, Coulson told him that waiting for Johnson to reach them was a wiser plan. The two then discussed the circumstances in which they had a chance to join S.H.I.E.L.D. with Ward telling his story about Victoria Hand. Despite Coulson advising otherwise, Ward went on the field to retrieve Johnson, but it was finally Coulson, Burrows and Alphonso Mackenzie who found her and brought her back to the Playground.
Saying Goodbye to Daisy
Back to the Playground, Ward told Daisy Johnson about the fact that he knew about Jemma Simmons's theory about all of them being in an alternate reality and was shocked to discover that her girlfriend seemed to share these ideas. This made Ward fully understand and admit that his girlfriend was gone and replaced by someone else. Ward then joined the others and watched the footage of Melinda May's Body Cam showing the destruction of the HYDRA Enlightenment Cultivation Center which led to the Patriot's death. They decided that they should display these images to the public in order to trigger a rebellion against HYDRA.
Therefore, Ward took a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and they stormed the studios where the show The Bakshi Report was recorded, taking Sunil Bakshi and his staff into hostages. Right before broadcasting a subversive broadcast featuring Phil Coulson, Ward offered to stay behind with Burrows and other S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in order to make sure that the video feed would not be cut. He also had a final and emotional conversation with Johnson, asking her if he would get his girlfriend back after she left the Framework. Johnson replied that she did not know though she hoped so and told Ward that he had helped her understanding the real-life Grant Ward. The two then bid farewell.
After Johnson's departure, Ward launched the broadcasting. Burrows ran to warn him that people were gathering in front of the building. Ward took his gun, ready to hold the place, but Burrows told him that these people were seemingly supporting S.H.I.E.L.D., meaning that their mission of planting the seeds of rebellion had succeeded, which made Ward smile.
In an alternate timeline, the Inhuman Kora wanted to kill that timeline's version of Ward, only a newborn at that point, in order to prevent him from committing the many evil acts he would in the future. As part of his attempt to dissuade her from the idea, Phil Coulson would recall his experience with the Framework counterpart of Ward, who was a good man thanks to being trained by Victoria Hand instead of John Garrett.
The Framework version of Grant Ward appeared to have many of the traits that made up his counterpart. However, the virtual Ward wasn't picked up by John Garrett and groomed to be a HYDRA agent. Instead, he was released by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Victoria Hand, who was the first person who said he could be a good man, and as time passed, it was the Framework version of Skye who made Ward believe it. As a result, this version of Ward has a clear disdain for what his counterpart did outside the Framework, saying to Johnson that he would hate to be seen as anything like the Grant Ward she knew as well as apologizing to Jemma Simmons for all the hurt he caused.
- Expert Combatant: Trained by both S.H.I.E.L.D. and HYDRA, Ward is an expert at hand-to-hand fighting, as well as various weapons. He often uses these skills on field missions.
- Expert Marksman: As a trained agent of HYDRA, Ward has a significant amount of training in various fields of combat, such as marksmanship. He has demonstrated this feat by killing a HYDRA agent with one shot.
- Expert Spy: Ward was an extremely proficient spy just like his real world counterpart. Ward was able to infiltrate HYDRA while keeping his allegiance to S.H.I.E.L.D. a secret.
- Pilot: Ward was a skilled pilot and was able to pilot a Quinjet to transport himself, Jemma Simmons, and Phil Coulson to Ogygia.
- FN Five-seveN USG: Ward carried this handgun as his standard issue sidearm as a member of HYDRA, using it to confront Jemma Simmons when she first arrived into the Framework and kill a HYDRA guard to ensure her escape. He kept the gun as his sidearm when storming into Ogygia or The Bakshi Report studio, but did not ended up using it.
- Barrett M98B: Ward took this sniper rifle to Ogygia in a makeshift mission to retrieve Holden Radcliffe. However, as Madame Hydra and Leo Fitz appeared he was forced to hide, and was about to take down Fitz to prevent him from killing Agnes Kitsworth. Jemma Simmons convinced him not to do so, and as Fitz killed Kitsworth and Simmons unadvertedly revealed their presence, Ward had to shoot and kill the HYDRA guards defending Fitz and Madame Hydra before escaping.
- Quinjet: Ward piloted a S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjet during the Mission to Ogygia to transport himself, Jemma Simmons, and Phil Coulson as passengers.
- Playground: As a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Ward was based at the only facility left to the rebel organization, the Playground, where he worked under the orders of the Patriot. He was also responsible for bringing Jemma Simmons and Phil Coulson into the base to help them escape from HYDRA.
- Triskelion: As part of his cover, Ward posed as a HYDRA operative stationed at the Triskelion. Ward notably interrogated Vijay Nadeer in the Triskelion with Daisy Johnson.
|Appearances for Grant Ward/Framework|
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In an alternate timeline:
In the original timeline: