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Quote1 You really think you ca stop me like this? You really think you stand a chance here? Quote2
-- Red Skull
 

Early Years

Red Skull (Earth-1610)

The Red Skull!

On a night of February 1945, Steve Rogers and his girlfriend Gail Richards, had one last night together. Four months later, Gail became pregnant. After Captain America was declared dead in Iceland, the government decided it was best to keep Rogers' and Richards' son a secret. In the spring of 1946, the boy was born. They took the boy into foster care on a military base, training him to become a super-soldier to replace the supposedly deceased Captain America. He soon became stronger and more tactically skillful than his father. The son remained in the charge of the military, never shown any intention or desire to escape. In the eyes of the military's observers, the boy had an easy-going personality, though he appeared to suffer from an inferiority complex, believing that he could never live up to his father's reputation.[1]

However, Rogers' son had carefully planned his escape and was biding his time. In 1963, at age 17, the unnamed son killed all the doctors and soldiers at his facility. He also used a kitchen knife to carve the flesh from his head, literally becoming the Red Skull.[1] As a statement of his rebellion against the system that created him Red Skull orchestrated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In a later, unrelated incident he was also responsible for the sadistic murder of The Red Wasp's (Petra Laskov) infant son and husband.[2] In the following decades, the Red Skull became involved in the Vietnam War, associated with dictators Pol Pot and Idi Amin, and took part in drug-running, terrorist-training, and the Soviet-Afghan War.

A.I.M.

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The Red Skull in the possession of the Cosmic Cube!

In 2010, after decades of being a professional assassin, The Red Skull joined A.I.M. After the events of Ultimatum, The Skull and A.I.M. soldiers broke into the Baxter Building, which was momentarily unsecured, and successfully stole the blueprints to Reed Richards' Cosmic Cube. Captain America and fellow Ultimates member Hawkeye attempted to stop the theft. Red Skull finally met his father in his helicopter and brutally attacked him, and nearly killed Cap. Before he threw Captain America out of the helicopter, Red Skull revealed that he was his son.[1]

At the A.I.M. headquarters in Alaska, the Red Skull had his men kill the commanding officer, placing the Red Skull in charge of the operation.[3] Taking control of the Cosmic Cube he became highly powered and in a sadistic display of his power had the entire Alaskan A.I.M. team cannibalize each other. When the Avengers arrived they immediately tried to destroy him, but the Cube imbued him with nearly unlimited power and made him invulnerable.[2]

Battle with the Avengers and Death

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Red Wasp kills the Red Skull.

During the battle with the Avengers, Red Skull demonstrated his true potential with the Cosmic Cube, changing reality to reflect the time period when Black Widow was being held and tortured in enemy hands, and overpowering Nerd Hulk with ease. Captain America arrived in the stolen Teleporter Jet, but Skull forced the jet to crash. Cap survived the crash and managed to teleport the jet to the exact coordinates where the Red Skull was standing, impaling him with one of the rods protruding from its nose.

The Red Skull was taken to a hospital and kept alive long enough for Gail Richards, his mother, to say goodbye. Skull explained to Nick Fury that all he wanted to do with the Cosmic Cube was to turn back time and prevent his father, Steve Rogers, from being lost during the war. He then could grow up with him and lead a normal life, rather than the one he was given. Petra Laskov, dressed as a doctor, then entered the room and shot the Red Skull in the head, killing him.[4] It was later revealed that Nick Fury was responsible for luring the Red Skull from retirement, orchestrating events in order to regain his position in S.H.I.E.L.D..[citation needed]

Powers

Artificially Enhanced Physiology: Red Skull exhibited superhuman abilities as a result of being born with the Super-Soldier Serum in his system. He was conceived by a "perfect" specimen of human development and conditioning, resulting in enhancements likely at superhuman levels. Red Skull was extremely intelligent, strong, fast, agile, and durable.[1]

  • Enhanced Strength: Red Skull's physical strength was beyond human. He could physically bend metal with his bare hands. He had demonstrated that he was strong enough to knock out people with normal durability with as little as a tap to the head and was shown to easily kill over two-hundred men with a single blow.[1]
  • Enhanced Speed: Red Skull could run at a speed between 100-110 miles per hour. When challenged, he was able to expedite "eight or nine blocks" within seconds, and long distances far out-performing any Olympic athlete. He was even fast enough to easily outrun a speeding motorcycle.[1]
  • Enhanced Agility: Red Skull's agility, balance, flexibility, dexterity, and bodily coordination were enhanced to levels that were beyond the natural physical limits of an Olympic gold medalist. He had the combined agility and acrobatic prowess of the most accomplished circus aerialists and acrobats. He also had the ability to leap up to 105 yards out in a single bound and 100 feet into the air without a running start.[1]
  • Enhanced Reflexes: Red Skull's reflexes were at a superhuman level. His reaction speed was 90 kph, which made it possible for him to dodge gunfire even at close range from multiple gunmen simultaneously, though it was shown that he had several scars on his body from the gun shot wounds that he had healed from.[1]
  • Enhanced Stamina: Red Skull's body eliminated the excessive build-up of fatigue-producing poisons in his muscles and his musculature generated considerably less fatigue toxins than the muscles of an ordinary human being, granting him superhuman levels of stamina in all physical activities. He could physically exert himself at peak capacity for a week before fatigue toxins begins to impair him. This kind of physiology granted him phenomenal endurance. He could sprint on the tech machine for hours before showing any signs of fatigue.[1]
  • Enhanced Durability: Red Skull's bones and muscles were denser and harder than normal, He could withstand great impacts, such as falling from multiple stories high, being struck by an opponent with super strength that would severely injure or kill a normal human, with little to no discomfort. He survived other forms of extensive punishment throughout his life and was even able to survive a rock slide caused by the Nerd Hulk.[2]
  • Enhanced Healing: He was able to heal broken bones and torn muscles "in a day," while bullet and knife puncture wounds healed in "a matter of minutes." He had also become naturally immune to deadly poisons and illnesses.[1]
  • Disease Resistance: Red Skull was immune to all Earthly diseases, infections, and disorders, and he had never been ill. He was impervious to gas attacks, poisons, and nerve-toxins of any kind and completely resistant to diseases like anthrax, smallpox, and HIV. His immune system was so powerful that "a half a pint of tetrodotoxin" showed no ill effects.[1]
  • Alcohol Immunity: Red Skull was virtually immune to intoxication by consuming alcohol.[1]
  • Enhanced Aging: The SSS dramatically slowed the aging process due to extensive regeneration of healthy cells, though showing his true physical appearance was impossible as a result of his having cut his own face off.[5]
  • Enhanced Senses: Red Skull's senses had also been augmented. He could hear, see, and smell things better than humans.[1]
  • Enhanced Mental Process: His mental acuity had been greatly enhanced, allowing his mind to process information quickly, giving him an accelerated learning aptitude, a knack for quickly analyzing multiple information streams, such as threat assessment, and rapidly respond to changing tactical situations. He possessed an eidetic memory, meaning that he never forgot anything and had perfect recall, could speed read, and utilized high deductive reasoning skills. At his home military base, he was able to easily outsmart the people who worked there by using his cunning strategy to kill them when he turned seventeen.[1]

Abilities

Above Average Combatant: Though he didn't learn as many martial arts as his father, Captain America, did, he was still a formidable combat fighter as shown when he brutally injured his father in hand-to-hand combat,[6] and also killed a large group of men.[1]

Strength level

The Red Skull had the strength to defeat Captain America in battle, meaning he was seemingly stronger than his father;[6] however, he was not as strong as Thor or Hulk.[2]

Weaknesses

Exposed Cartilage: The Red Skull used a knife to peel the skin, cartilage, and fat from his head, leaving only the muscle tissue.[1]

Psychopath: Due to his unusual childhood, the Red Skull developed psychopathic tendencies, which at first he choose to hide from his trainers. He then killed everyone on the military base, as well as removing his own flesh from his face.[1]


Equipment

Cosmic Cube: Red Skull had temporarily used a Cosmic Cube to fight the Avengers.[4]

Transportation

A.I.M helicopter.[6]

Weapons

During his career, it was revealed that he had been seen using a pistol to assassinate an infant child whose parents were Nikolai Laskov and his wife, the Red Wasp.[2]

The Red Skull mentioned he was 64 years old before he died.[4]

  • With several flashbacks of Captain America's past, no mention was ever made of a son, and it was later revealed that not even he knew he had a son.[citation needed]

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