Something about Agents of Shield's "Hive" that crossed my mind
Introduction To The Topic At Hand
Yep, I'm talking about the parasitic InHuman, Hive from Agents Of Shield. While he was arrogant enough to believe himself to be like unto a God because of his abilities and longevity, the thought occurred to me that he has a few things in common with another villain. I'm referring to the first antagonist of Dragon Ball GT, named "Baby." Now, given that this hub will be posted in a category where most readers aren't too familiar with anime, don't worry I'll explain. However, I'm sure many are familiar with such phrases and terms like "The Kamehameha," "Dragon Balls," "Super saiyans," or a character with spiky hair named "Son Goku." To which, I'll keep this simple:"These phrases come from a series called 'Dragon Ball,' where Son Goku and his friends traverse the globe and the universe in search of seven magic balls that when gathered together summon a dragon that grants a wish."
With that said, hopefully what I have to say next won't confuse anyone too much. In February of 1996(which was five months after Dragon Ball Z aired the U.S.) Dragon Ball's animation studio "Toei Animation," animated a non-canonical spin-off series to the Dragon Ball franchise called "Dragon Ball GT." And the first villainous antagonist of GT, was a parasitic alien named "Baby." Baby sought revenge on Goku and Vegeta's extinct race, 'The Saiyans." To be blunt, the Saiyans were a savage race of aliens who once lived on a planet called "salad,"(it's a Japanese cultural pun, just roll with it) before they ravaged it through internal conflict. Afterwards, they stole another planet called "Plant," from the Tuffles and renamed the planet after their king, "Vegeta."(Which was either the current Vegeta's father or Grandfather, not really sure as far as the canon is concerned, but in GT, it was Vegeta's dad.) So in a bid for revenge, the surviving tuffles combined their king's DNA with an artificial cybernetic parasite. Dubbed "Baby," by the Tuffle scientist "Dr. Myu," this vengeful creature scoured the universe for decades before arriving on Earth where he exacted his revenge on Goku and Vegeta.
The Difference Between The Hives
Now before I move on to what Hive and Baby have in common, I feel it's necessary to also explain what the InHumans are, and the changes that were made to their transition into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There exist a race of blue skinned aliens in the Marvel Universe known as "The Kree," as they've been in a war with another race of aliens with green skin and ridged chins known as "The Skrulls." In the early stages of this war, the Kree established a base on Uranus where they experimented with primitive man by bonding their DNA with that of a race of Godlike aliens known as "The Celestials." These creatures dubbed "InHumans" were created for a dual-purpose:"Living weapons to fight the Skrulls," and "a means for the Kree to prevent their own evolutionary stagnation."
This was not the case when the InHumans were adapted to the Marvel Cinematic universe and introduced in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. In this interpretation a faction of rogue Kree created the Inhumans with Kree DNA. On a side-note, I don't understand why the Kree aren't at war with the Chitauri, whom are what Black Panther's people called the Skrulls in the Ultimate Marvel Universe, but that's a topic for another time.
Getting back on point, Hive was the first human experimented on by the Kree, as he was a member of the Mayans. This differs drastically from his comic-book counterpart, as in the comics Hive was created by Hydra as collective of parasites that inhabit a human host, and is by no means an Inhuman. However, when Hive was adapted to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he maintained a good degree of his abilities of which I'll get into when discussing what Hive and Baby have in common.
The Comparison Between Baby And Hive
Now, admittedly Hive and Baby have very little in common, but I couldn't help but notice those few commonalities. For starters Hive and Baby are both parasitic lifeforms. But whereas Hive is a mass of parasites that inhabit a host body moving from one to the next, much like his comic-book counterpart, Baby is but one parasite. Another thing too is that while in the comics Hive could infect a host be they living or dead, Hive in the cinematic universe could survive upon infecting the dead as a host. Baby on the other hand can only infect any living host, as the dead have no energy he can draw from.
Another difference between Baby and Hive is, Baby feeds off the energy of his host to grow stronger, and during his inhabiting of their bodies will use their combat skills as his own. Also when feeding off the energy of his hosts, Baby is able to achieve a transformation after acquiring enough power, while in total he has four different forms that he takes.This is not the case with Hive in the comics or his cinematic adaptation.
Another thing they have in common is that they can bend others to their will. The difference lies in how they achieve this. Hive sends several of his parasitic collective to inhabit the minds of anyone he deems fit to serve him. While in the Marvel Cinematic universe, Hive can only infect InHumans and any regular humans who follow Hive do so voluntarily, even if it is out of fear. Baby infects his followers by laying eggs in their bodies that hatch and bring them under his sway. This only occurs with hosts Baby has infected, before he moves onto another.
Another thing these two have in common is their objectives. Unlike his comic-book Counterpart, Hive has a messiah complex(I guess that can happen to anyone who have extended their lives by moving from one host to the next, while others see them as a God) as his objective is to turn all of humanity into InHumans, before bringing them all under his sway. Thus achieving world peace, according to Hive anyway. Meanwhile Baby gets a similar ambition after presumably killing Goku. After Baby defeats Goku, he ask the eternal dragon to restore Planet Plant, and then sets out to enslave the universe. Or at least he would have, if Goku didn't come back to kill him. Which leads me to the final comparison:"How these two flipping die." Hive's Marvel Cinematic counterpart and Baby meet their ends in fiery explosion aboard an aircraft of some kind in space. The difference being Baby was shot into the sun by Goku's kamehameha wave while fleeing in a spaceship. Hive on the other hand took a quinjet up to Earth's upper atmosphere with the intent on spreading the gas he recreated from the Kree experiment that created him onto the Earth turning all of humanity into InHumans. This backfires when Lincoln hijacks the jet and flies it into space. From there Hive and Lincoln die in a fiery explosion caused by the missile Hive sought to use to infect all of humanity with.
And those few elements are what Hive has in common with Baby from Dragon Ball GT. It's not that uncommon for a comic-book character to have similarities to an anime character. To which I might wanna do more of these, because this was fun to write.
- Baby - Dragon Ball Wiki - Wikia
Directory: Characters → Villains → GT villains Baby (ベビー, Bebī) is the first main antagonist in Dragon Ball GT
- Skrulls and Chitauri
An encyclopedic page on the history and nature of the Skrulls, and how they're the same as the Chitauri.
- Inhumans – Everything We Know | Marvel Movie Magic
An article that summarizes who and what the Inhumans are leading up to the phase 3 film.
An article that explains who Hive is in the comics and how he differs from his Agents of Shield counterpart.