Dr. Maria Vaselli was an Italian scientist during World War II helping the Axis powers create a Fascist super-soldier. She objected to using a young boy named Tadzio de Santis as a test subject for the experiment, but her colleagues went through with it anyway, turning de Santis into the Red Skull.

Dr. Vaselli escaped to the United States and gave the serum to the army, who in turn used it on army recruit Steve Rogers, turning him into Captain America.

Vaselli would meet her end at the hands of a Nazi spy who assassinated her.[1]

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