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Official Name
Status
Status

Organization Identity

Universe

Base Of Operations
Mobile across the globe; Hydra Flying Island ("New" Hydra) forces concentrated in North America, Europe and Japan; formerly centralized at Hydra Island, Pacific Ocean; the principal Hydra Bases were Gehenna base, New Zealand; Tarantula base, Australia; Ravenous II, Seattle, Washington, USA; Ravenous base, British Columbia, Canada; Hive base, Indian Ocean; Nemesis shipyards, Indonesia; Hell's Heaven base, China; Crown base, Kyoto, Japan; Ichos base, Pacific Ocean; others

Organization

Current Members

Former Members
Absorbing Man (Carl Creel), Agent H (Laura Brown), Agent U (Robert Rickard), Annihil-Agent 47 (Anton Trojak), Answer (Aaron Nicholson), Assassin, Charles Atkins, Batroc the Leaper, Blackwing (Joseph Manfredi), Bob, Dennis Bowden, Bull’s-Eye, Catalyst, Chameleon, Commander Kraken, Cool Million, Corrosion, Crippler (Karl Striklan), Crossbones (Brock Rumlow), Crown, Deadmaker (Gregori Anatolovich, Dismember, Fenris (Andrea Strucker, Andreas Strucker), William Fields, Fixer (Norbert Ebersol), Fox (Reynard Slinker), Geist, Lance Halstan, High-Zero, Jackhammer (Matthew Banham), El Jaguar (Ramon de Rico), Andrea Janson, Killobyte (Joey), Vladimir Korda, Jared Kurtz, Lord Falcon, Madame Hydra-6, Mammoth, Man-Killer (Katrina van Horn, Mankiller, Mentallo (Marvin Flumm), Mindstorm, Antwoin Molare, Simon Mycroft, Bob Oppenheim, Dmitri Petrovich, Ralph Sanzetti, Sathan, Scorpion (Carmilla Black, Scylla, Silverfox, Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Taskmaster, Ron Takimoto, Ivan Trevkov, Arthur Woodman



Origin
Origin
Terrorist Organization formed from the Axis powers.

Place of Formation


First appearance


History

Quote1 Hail, Hydra! Immortal Hydra! We shall never be destroyed! Cut off one head, two more shall take its place! We serve none but the Master—as the world shall soon serve us! Hail Hydra! Quote2
--The Hydra Oath[src]
Hydra 001

Hydra agent

Hydra's recorded history is a long, tumultuous, and convoluted one, with the modern construct spanning the decades from World War II up to the present day, and tied directly to surviving fugitive members of governments of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.[3]

Antecedence

For more informations on the early days of Hydra, please consult the page of the Brotherhood of the Spear.

In prehuman time, a cabal of immortal hooded reptoids came to Earth, planning to start a legacy of evil.[citation needed]

The earliest origins of Hydra date back to the Third Dynasty of Egypt.[4]

These evildoers struck an unspecified amount of time later, when they[citation needed] corrupted the Brotherhood of the Spear, a secret society of geniuses active in Asia. The corrupted secret society, identified by its enemy, the Brotherhood of the Shield, as "the Beast",[5] spread out, ingraining itself into all facets of human society - science, magic, politics - like a multi-headed monster.[citation needed]

They went by the name of the Cathari sect.[citation needed]

After the Renaissance, all references to the ancient organization of Hydra ceased to appear.[4]

They were believed destroyed around the time of the French Revolution.[citation needed]

Before WWII, they were known as Hydra and teached about the Zhang Heng.[6] Their name came from the fearsome Hydra that it is most well-known.[citation needed]

Reformation and Efforts

World War II

Reconstituted during World War II, the modern Hydra originally had a State Shinto Imperialist as its Supreme Hydra. Baron Strucker slew and replaced this man, but Captain Savage and the Leatherneck Raiders thwarted Strucker's attempt to gain an A-Bomb. Hydra then clashed with the Invaders. Earlier, Strucker had uncovered Gnobian advanced technology, while he also time-traveled to the future from 1942.[citation needed]

They were also known as the Thule Society.[7][citation needed]

Zodiac Wheel

Sometime later a man codenamed Aries organized Strucker, the Fury brothers, and others into a loose partnership known as the Great Wheel of the Zodiac. The tasks he sent this group on led directly to the rivalry between the burgeoning modern organizations of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra, and Leviathan.[8]

S.H.I.E.L.D., agents of Hydra

Soon after the formation of S.H.I.E.L.D., one of its members and a former member of the Great Wheel named Thomas Davidson secretly betrayed the organization to Hydra and became a double agent. Strucker used this connection to make Hydra the secret master of S.H.I.E.L.D. and thus Nick Fury. Hydra used S.H.I.E.L.D. as part of a years-long, slow burning plan to subvert the entire world and bring it under their control.[9]

Hydra rise

At some point, Strucker entered into a marriage of convenience with a rich old Satanist named Elisbeth, who helped him fund Hydra.[citation needed]

Shortly upon joining the original Hydra, Von Strucker seized control of the organization from its Japanese founders and slowly steered it towards the goal of conquering Earth. That campaign brought him into conflict with Charles Xavier and the future Magneto among others, and once Hydra became more brazenly public in its operations, eventually led to the creation of the agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D.. S.H.I.E.L.D. was formed by Hydra proxies in the United Nations specifically to gain power and information in ways that Hydra never could from its position then. After the apparent assassination of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s first executive director, Nick Fury was appointed as executive director. This decision, after several Hydra campaigns including the creation of the Overkill Horn (designed to detonate all nuclear explosives worldwide), and the bio-engineered "Death-Spore" Bomb, led directly to von Strucker's first death at the hands of Fury and several deceived Hydra operatives.[10] Following Strucker's death three of Hydra's subsidiaries, Advanced Idea Mechanics, THEM, and the Secret Empire, gained independence.[3]

In the wake of von Strucker's first death, the surviving elements of Hydra broke into factions that each adopted its own reorganized modus operandi.[3] Several of these factions developed "super-agents" that would occasionally break away in turn to become freelance operatives, or, in some rarer cases, superheroes such as the first Spider-Woman. Von Strucker was eventually revived and reunited several of the Hydra factions under his leadership to renew his campaign against S.H.I.E.L.D. and humanity for several more years.[citation needed]

Despite his reorganization of the group, various independent Hydra factions continue to operate around the Marvel Universe, and a Hydra Civil War would later result. While Baron Helmut Zemo had Strucker placed in stasis for his own ends, Gorgon and Strucker's second wife Elisbeth von Strucker mystically created a clone of Strucker who they set up to fail, allowing for a public execution of him, after which - as part of an alliance with the Hand, they utilized an army of brainwashed superheroes and supervillains, including Northstar and Elektra to launch a massive assault on SHIELD. The assault was ultimately repelled and Wolverine would kill Gorgon.[citation needed]

When Edgar Lascombe took over as leader and under his command, Hydra planned an all out attack on the United States by smuggling missiles into New York for use in a planned bio-weapon assault on the Ogallala Aquifer. Lascombe know the reason why Hydra had failed so many times, was the lack of superpowers, so they formed a distraction using clones of the Avengers (Tactical Force instead of Iron Man, Militant as Captain America, Hammer as Thor and Bowman as Hawkeye, who was dead at the time) but were foiled when Spider-Man joined the Avengers' new line-up.[11]

Wheels Within Wheels

In the closing days of the foiled Skrull invasion, Strucker destroyed his undersea base Ichor, which was crawling with Skrull infiltrators. He then changed his plans from subverting the world to conquering it.[2] Fury then found out that Hydra was controlling S.H.I.E.L.D. since its foundation.[3] He gathered allies around America to battle the overwhelming threat of Hydra. This included various Caterpillar teams[citation needed] and the Howling Commandos PMC.[12]

Strucker learned about this and in turn gathered his new ruling council of Hydra: Viper, Kraken, the Hive, and Madame Hydra. To complete this council, they had the Hand resurrect Gorgon.[2]

This new direction began by stealing technology from secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities around the US, as well as kidnapping psi-agents from the cryo-storage facility known as "Red Worm". Fury's Secret Warriors attempted to foil Hydra but failed, unprepared for the resurrected Gorgon.[13] Strucker made an alliance with Norman Osborn, hoping for Osborn to kill Fury. However, he proved unsuccessful.[14]

Madame Hydra and Viper negotiated with the Clan Yashida to gain possession of the Box, a mysterious artifact. Leviathan forces assaulted Hydra, kidnapping Viper. Madame Hydra brought them the Box, passing it off to Hydra as a negotiation to rescue their companion. In truth, she had been working for Leviathan the entire time. Using the Heart contained within the Box, Magadan revived countless Leviathan agents from Overwinter cryostatis, including Orion, their leader.[citation needed]

This led to an all-out war between Leviathan and Hydra. A discussion between the groups dissolved merely into fighting. However, Strucker was able to get a mole in the Secret Warriors: Hellfire. An assault on a Hydra base in China by the HC PMC ended disastrously for Fury's side. Fury's Secret Warriors were able to destroy Hydra's main base at Gehenna, with Phobos and Hellfire dying in the process.[15]

Kraken turned on Baron Strucker, taking him captive. After Fury's son died fighting Hydra, Nick surrendered to them. Kraken put him in a room with Strucker. He then revealed his true identity: Jake Fury. The Fury brothers then revealed the truth to Strucker. During the era of the Great Wheel, they had convinced a paranoid Life-Model Decoy of Thomas Davidson to subvert Strucker's organization. Strucker had been working for Fury the whole time. Fury then killed Strucker with a shot to the head.[16]

Hail H.A.M.M.E.R.

Now with Madame Hydra and the Gorgon as their sole leaders, Hydra formed an alliance with Norman Osborn and his H.A.M.M.E.R., and Gorgon joined Osborn's Avengers team as Wolverine.[citation needed]

After Osborn failed to destroy the Avengers, Madame Hydra uses the remains of H.A.M.M.E.R. to reinforce her Hydra.[citation needed]
Jetpack hydra

New Hydra agent

The "New" Hydra

A "new" Hydra was created by Hydra Queen along Baron Zemo, soldiers who where trapped in Land of Nowhere, soldiers form the "old" Hydra and new members, under the concept that the "old" Hydra failed at their commitment.[17]

Captain America attacked Hydra's base and defeated the Hydra Queen and Codename: Bravo, putting both of them in coma at S.H.I.E.L.D. hospital. Madame Hydra then resume leadership of Hydra once again.[18]

At some point, Baron Zemo regained leadership of Hydra.[19] Under Zemo, Hydra managed another massive infiltration, somehow also managing to infiltrate superhero teams. They also started to recruit new Inhumans after the Terrigen Mist cloud transformed humans with Inhuman ancestors. One of their recruits, a boy called Lucas, possessed a toxin in his blood that could sterilize human beings. Hydra immediately created an antidote and passed it to all it's members, then started systematically pumping Luca's blood to spread it across the world, thus effectively taking over the world within the next generation.[20] Once they had enough blood, Zemo recruited a group of supervillians to release portions of Lucas' blood in various parts of the world in a way that it will hit major population points. But they were opposed by Sam Wilson, the new Captain America after Rogers was depowered, and Rogers' son Nomad.[19] Wilson managed to stop all the villians from releasing the toxin, while both Nomad and Zemo apparently died after the latter set his base to self destruct.[21] In reality, Zemo survived and was secretly placed by S.H.I.E.L.D. in their reality-altering prision known as Pleasant Hill.[22] Madame Hydra was also captured during the ordeal, leaving Hydra without a leader.[23]

Some time later, Wilson helped a hacktivist known as the Whisperer evade S.H.I.E.L.D. custody after leaking several confidential files. The Whisperer repaid Wilson with intel on Hydra, extracted directly from them. In the following six months, Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D. used the data to cripple the organization and leave it virtually non-existent.[24]

Gorgon, Hydra's remaining figurehead, began a plot to wipe out Earth's superheroes[25] in order to gain the credibility needed to re-unify the remants of Hydra. He was eventually stopped and captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and a team of heroes.[26] Also, various independent Hydra cells have been shown to remain active despite the organization's lack of central leadership.[27][28][29] They presumably operate independently from one another.

War for Hydra

Later, the Red Skull reconstituted a new Hydra from the ground up, attracting various Neo-Nazi, white supremacist and fascist groups to his new cause, to change the world to the Skull's image. The Skull's Hydra returned back to operating under nazism, unlike the previous iterations of the modern Hydra.[30] This new Hydra also resorted to more direct methods than in the past, recruiting political extremists, using guerilla tactics and carrying out terrorist attacks against civilians in America and Western Europe.[31]

Hydra Hierarchy from Secret Warriors Vol 1 1

Hydra Hierarchy

Assets and Offshoots

Throughout its long history Hydra has created several subsidiaries and front companies, a few of which have splintered off into independent organizations that follow their own agendas.[3]

  • Secret Empire - Started by a scientist that felt like an anonymous nobody, the Secret Empire was originally used by Hydra as a means of distraction.[36] During their attempt at conquering the United States it was revealed that their leader, Number One was actually a high ranking member of the US Government.[37]
  • Typhon Group - One of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, the Typhon Group is both a well-known provider of vaccines to third world countries and, quietly, the global leader in the creation of chemical weapons.[3]
  • Echidna Capital Management - Echidna Capital Management is a venture capital firm committed to funding (and through funding gaining a controlling stake in) businesses on the cutting edge of several key areas such as genetic engineering, new media, nanotechnology, next-generation military systems, and aerospace engineering & manufacturing.[3]

Moments in Hydra history

HYDRA Timeline

Hydra Timeline


Paraphernalia

Equipment: Mechagorgon

Hydra Flying Island

"New" Hydra Flying Island


Transportation:

Weapons: None known.


Notes

  • No special notes.


Trivia

  • For a time, the legal face of Hydra under Imperial Hydra Arnold Brown was Imperial Industries, Inc.
  • Currently, Hydra's corporate faces are The Typhon Group and Echidna Capital Management.
  • The agents of the "new" Hydra use both new Hydra suits as well as the classic outfit.
  • As pointed out at marvunapp.com the Green Terror (3Xs_Foe)'s men's uniforms[40] resemble Hydra uniforms minus the yellow H (they could be members of the unnamed Hydra in Hydra's origin).


See Also

Links and References

  • None.

Footnotes

  1. Uncanny X-Men #161
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Secret Warriors #2
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Secret Warriors #1
  4. 4.0 4.1 Secret Warriors #1; Hydra timeline
  5. S.H.I.E.L.D. #4
  6. Captain America: Steve Rogers #7
  7. Fear Itself: Book of the Skull #1
  8. Secret Warriors #25
  9. Secret Warriors #26
  10. Strange Tales #158
  11. Amazing Spider-Man #523
  12. Secret Warriors #4
  13. Secret Warriors #3
  14. Secret Warriors #7-9
  15. Secret Warriors #22
  16. Secret Warriors #27
  17. Captain America Vol 6 #5
  18. Captain America Vol 6 #18
  19. 19.0 19.1 All-New Captain America #1
  20. All-New Captain America #2
  21. All-New Captain America #6
  22. Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1
  23. All-New Captain America #4
  24. Captain America: Sam Wilson #2
  25. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #5
  26. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. #6
  27. Ms. Marvel Vol 4 #1
  28. Free Comic Book Day Vol 2015 #Avengers
  29. Deadpool Vol 4 #7
  30. Avengers Standoff: Assault On Pleasant Hill Omega #1
  31. Free Comic Book Day Vol 2016 #Captain America
  32. Strange Tales #149
  33. All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe #5
  34. 34.0 34.1 Tales of Suspense #79
  35. Tales of Suspense #93-94
  36. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 2 #11
  37. Captain America #175
  38. Fantastic Four Annual #3
  39. X-Men Annual Vol 2 #3
  40. Green Terror (3X's foe) - Marvunapp.com

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