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"We should not have chosen you."
"That was providence guiding your hand."
Kree Reaper and Hive[src]

The Battle of Union City was a three-sided conflict between S.H.I.E.L.D., a faction of Inhumans led by Hive, and the Kree Reapers.


"Once they changed what I was, the Reapers took the final step. Fulfilling the promise of what I would become."

Thousands of years ago, the Kree Reapers, twin warriors charged with experimenting on various lifeforms, captured a Mayan hunter and subjected him to a process in which his DNA was genetically modified.[5]

The creature, who took on the name Hive, eventually became so powerful that he rebelled against his Kree masters and drove them from Earth only to be banished to another world by those fearful of his abilities.

Several of Hive's followers, however, believed he was destined to rule the Earth and formed a secret society with the sole purpose of bringing their leader back. The society, however, soon abandoned its purpose and evolved into the terrorist organization HYDRA.[6]

In 2015, high-ranking operatives Grant Ward and Gideon Malick joined forces in an attempt to rebuild HYDRA, which had suffered several major setbacks following the downfall and defeat of Daniel Whitehall and Wolfgang von Strucker. It was during this campaign that Ward learned about the organization's early origins from Malick and set out to bring Hive to Earth. While Ward lost his life during an intergalactic battle, Hive possessed Ward's corpse and returned to Earth before taking control of Malick's cell.[7]

Shortly after Malick was captured by the Secret Warriors, Hive decided it was time to concentrate his efforts on building a better world for the Inhumans. To that end, he tasked Daisy Johnson, who was now under his control after being "swayed" during the Hijacking and Retaking of Zephyr One, with killing Malick and stealing the Kree Orb from the Playground.[8]

Leaving HYDRA to suffer heavy casualties at the hands of the U.S. Armed Forces, Hive used Malick's fortune to purchase Union City, an abandoned town in Wyoming, and turn it into a base for his followers.[9]


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"Yet every day, there are reports of disturbances in Hong Kong or blue-skinned killers in Wyoming."
Ellen Nadeer[src]
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