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The two became a part of Coulson's team. They eventually were put on a mission alone together where they got to know each other a bit more and become closer friends. Fitz was hurt when he found out that Ward was a member of Hydra, but still believed their might be good in him. This hope was broken when Ward pushed a container with Fitz and Simmons in it out a jet and to the bottom of the ocean. Fitz became depraved of oxygen down there and suffered brain damage, and hating Ward.
FitzWard gained some popularity in the fandom before the events of Ward's betrayal and H.Y.D.R.A. However, after Season 2, the popularity of this ship decreased because of Ward's attempt to kill Fitz. This attempt also lead to Fitz's brain damage. Many fans refuse to accept FitzWard because of these events.
However, many fans continue to ship FitzWard because Ward does slightly regret attempting to kill Fitz. Before Season 2, this ship was more popular with various fanart and fanfiction produced on this ship. Many depicted their small rivalry and arguments leading to eventual romance. FitzWard is sometimes appreciated because of the relationship between the two actors with Iain in particular as he wanted Brent Dalton's physique and to be him for a day. However, after Season 1, FitzWard's popularity declined with many fans expressing dislike for the pairing.
Most fanfiction with this ship tends to be based before the events of Ward's betrayal or an AU fanfiction. Soulmate AU are also popular with this ship.
On AO3, FitzWard is the third most written ship for Grant and the fifth most written ship for Fitz. It is also the nineteenth most written ship in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tag.
- An appreciation week for FitzWard was held between August 9, 2015 and August 15, 2015.
- The development of the relationship in Season 1 was partly inspired by the actors real life friendship:
- “From the very moment [De Caestecker and I] met each other in pilot, it was like, OK, this is good. And then [the crew was] like, 'No, no, no, you're supposed to be into Skye!”
- —Brett Dalton
- “I think that episode where they kind of came together, they did form a friendship but I think it was more about forming an understanding of each other. I think Fitz had the opinion that [Ward] was just a big muscly guy who had no brains, and I think Ward thought of me that I was just very smart but I didn't have any courage to go out and do stuff. We had to kind of prove to each other that we had that other side to ourselves -- and they had to prove that to themselves.”
- —Iain de Caestecker on "The Hub" episode
|SHIPS||het||BobbiFitz • Brutasha • Clintasha • FitzSimmons • Fosterson • Huntingbird • Iron Widow • JessLuke • Kitscliffe • MayWard • NebulaRhodey • PeggySous • Philinda • Romanogers • Scarlet America • Spider Witch • Static Quake • Steggy • Winter Widow • Thunderwar • YoYoMack|
|slash||Capsicoul • FitzHunter • FitzMack • FitzWard • Hawksilver • Iron Husbands • IronStrange • Iron Winter • JackDaniels • Roquill • SamBucky • SamSteve • Science Boyfriends • Spiderlad • Stackie • Stony • Stucky • T'Chalcon • Thunder Science • ThunderShield|
|femslash||Cartinelli • Danbeau • Scarlet Widow • Simmorse • Valcarol|
|non-binary||FrostHawk • FrostIron • Frostmaster • Lokane • Scarlet Vision • Valki|
|family||Domestic Avengers • Iron Dad|
|CHARACTERS||m/f||Bucky Barnes • Natasha Romanoff • Steve Rogers • Tony Stark|