When this was discovered Leo Fitz took Hunter with him into the control room, Fitz explained that he needed Hunter's hands to rewire the plane because Fitz's were too unsteady. Later, he saw Sunil Bakshi, with two other HYDRA agents enter the establishment. Hunter spotted an assassin following Sam Koenig; Hunter sneaked out on the assassin and knocked him out, calling to the pedestrians claiming the man had passed out. They then decided to rest at the cabin for the night while they considered their course of action. Coulson then realized that Fitz managed to open Nick Fury's Toolbox to have contacted them. Fitz expressed his uncertainty of the plan, Hunter tried to comfort him by reminding him that it was part of the job to form questionable alliances. Coulson received a video call from Melinda May from Afterlife, asking what had happened to Bobbi Morse as she was no longer answering communications.
Agent 33, managed to sneak onboard the Bus while disguised as Melinda May; once there she planted a virus in the Bus' systems that would have cause it to explode in a matter of minutes. Once they arrived in Boston, Hunter then watched Ward enter Goldbrix Tavern and reported this to field commander Melinda May. The two men then reviewed the surveillance footage, revealing that Skye used her powers in self-defense before being abducted by a mysterious, eyeless teleporter; Hunter assumed she was abducted by aliens. After settling in at a safehouse, Hunter was surprised to find Leo Fitz appearing on Coulson's personal tablet. After Hunter, Coulson and Peterson used the Quinjet to help Leo Fitz escape from Gonzales' agents, they informed him of their plan to use Grant Ward to gain access to HYDRA and question Wolfgang von Strucker and Dr. While Coulson and Peterson tracked down Ward and Agent 33, Hunter stayed onboard the Quinjet with Fitz.
He later saved his ex-wife Bobbi Morse after she was kidnapped by Grant Ward and Kara Palamas. In 2008, he participated in an operation in Basra, Iraq and another in Sierra Leone in 2011 before becoming a mercenary for hire. Eventually, Hunter married Morse, but their relationship was unsteady due to trust issues and the two divorced. Seeing that the nervous and unsure Fitz was finally talking about his past and expressing himself, Alphonso Mackenzie and Hunter raised a toast with him about "moving on." Later, the team was contacted by Raina who wanted to meet up with Coulson. During the flight to Japan, Morse and Hunter continued to argue, while May piloted the Quinjet and ignored them. The trio went to Bruges and Hunter acted as distraction to Scarlotti and his mercenaries as the women crashed through the windows of the safe house and engaged them in a battle. At the Playground, Hunter was among the senior agents assembled as Phil Coulson gave the new mission: to find the city that matched the Words of Creation before HYDRA did. When he saw her disfigured face that looked exactly like Melinda May, he was horrified; Skye explained that she was formerly Agent 33. Ward explained they had traced the tracker in Raina to find her. Hunter joined him and ordered a drink with extra umbrellas. When Bakshi announced that he would be trading Peterson for List's experiments in exchange for a meeting with Wolfgang von Strucker, Hunter called Ward a traitor and a standoff ensued, with Hunter aiming his gun at Ward's head. Eventually they were contacted by Phil Coulson who had made a deal with Gonzales to work together to bring down HYDRA and they flew the Quinjet back to the Playground. Hunter was present with Coulson when they were informed that the Inhumans had handed over Calvin Zabo to S. They eventually learned that Morse had left the base with Melinda May; however, that was impossible as the real Melinda May left the base a few minutes afterwards.
Hunter was a lieutenant in the Special Air Service (SAS) of the British Armed Forces. agents Bobbi Morse and Alphonso Mackenzie; the three became close friends during the mission, but Hunter was not given all pertinent information because he was not an agent. And what gets me out of bed in the morning..." Later Hartley's team was approached by Phil Coulson, the new Director of S. Before they could begin drinking, Leo Fitz told a story about telling a girl that he loved her only to find out she did not return his feelings before she left him alone. When they entered they discovered that Ward had murdered all the HYDRA agents inside and escaped, as Hunter and the team continued to search they discovered Sunil Bakshi, unconscious and tied to a chair, left as pick-up for Phil Coulson by Ward. He helped Skye finish her battle and knocked out the assassin. Hunter and the other Agents aimed their guns at Ward. When the escape pod finally came ashore, Hunter found Phil Coulson waiting for him at a beach bar. Coulson, Ward, Hunter, Fitz and 33 watched the mission unfold from Peterson's video feed in his cybernetic eye. He and Leo Fitz discussed how Grant Ward and Agent 33 appeared to be genuinely in love with each other; Fitz jokingly told him to concentrate on his bleeding shoulder as it would be less unnerving. would fall apart if angry enhanced individuals destroy them, while putting his feet on Coulson's desk, Coulson noted that maybe the three of them had been spending too much time together. Hunter suggested that they look at the footage from before Morse left the Playground to see if they could find any answers there.
Coulson told Hunter to "play nice." He also learned that the reason he was there was because Morse had recommended him to Coulson. When Hunter and Morse got to the bottom of the theater, they found May outside the hole created by the Plasma Drill. As a result Bakshi believed that the HYDRA leaders were attempting to keep him from his rightful position as Daniel Whitehall's successor as one of the new heads of HYDRA. Hunter activated the vehicle's offense systems and killed them, before crashing the gate and entering the mansion. since there was one less senior agent after Antoine Triplett's death. He further explained that he had formed this new S. As the mission to travel to the Inhumans' home to speak to their leader Jiaying went underway, Hunter and Leo Fitz spoke to Phil Coulson in his office. Hunter questioned what Grant Ward would want with Morse, and May assured him that Morse would be able to handle herself against him.