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"Who are you? What is your purpose?"
"Once upon a time it was to bring forth HYDRA's domination. But you ended that, so now I suppose my objective... is to end you."
Ultron and Arnim Zola[src]

Doctor Arnim Zola is a former HYDRA scientist that they used to help develop their super soldier program. After Ultron gained the Infinity Stones, and set off to wipe out all life across the universe, Black Widow and Hawkeye found Zola, and downloaded him into an arrow, in order to infect and shut down Ultron. The arrow was later shot at Ultron, allowing Zola to destroy him and take control. However, now inside the Ultron body, Zola fought Erik Killmonger for the stones, leading to Doctor Strange trapping both of them in a time bubble, locking them in a pocket dimension for eternity.


Cheating Death

"Arnim Zola was a HYDRA scientist who infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. in its infancy. Before he died in '72, he uploaded his brain to a series of data banks."
Black Widow to Hawkeye[src]

A HYDRA scientist recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. as part of Operation Paperclip, Arnim Zola received a terminal diagnosis in 1972 and passed away, but his mind was transferred into a complex computer system on Camp Lehigh, where he remained from that point onward, aiding his fellow HYDRA allies undetected.

In 2014, Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff found a data bank with Zola's analog consciousness at Camp Lehigh. However, this data bank was destroyed, leaving only one left in Siberia to supervise the Super Soldier Serum experiments held there.[1]

Changing Sides

Arnim Zola is discovered by Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton

In 2015, following the Ultron Offensive, Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton traveled to the HYDRA Siberian Facility and found the last remaining copy of Zola's mind. Zola identified the pair and was immediately informed about HYDRA's fate, with Romanoff and Barton requesting his help to stop Ultron, the one responsible for destroying the world HYDRA was supposed to conquer. While Zola refused at first, he quickly changed his mind when Barton threatened to drop liquid over the last computer in the world containing his memory.

Arnim Zola as an Ultron Sentry

With Zola now on their side, Romanoff tricked some Ultron Sentries into coming to their location, and once the Sentries arrived, Barton shot the arrow containing Zola's consciousness into one of the Sentries, transferring Zola into the Sentry so he could hack the Ultron "hive mind" and shut down Ultron once and for all. However, the Sentries soon overwhelmed them and Barton sacrificed himself so Romanoff could escape with Zola. Once outside the facility, Zola assured Romanoff that he tried to erase Ultron, but couldn't due to him having left their universe.[1]

Destroying Ultron

Arnim Zola kills Ultron

After Natasha Romanoff joined the Guardians of the Multiverse when they came to her universe to stop Ultron, Zola finally fulfilled his goal of avenging HYDRA. With Captain Carter's help, Romanoff shot the arrow containing Zola's consciousness into Ultron's eye. Downloading into Ultron, Zola made his presence known to the android and specified his intentions to delete him for destroying the world HYDRA should have conquered. Zola then hacked Ultron's system and finally deactivated him.

Arnim Zola and Erik Killmonger battle for the Infinity Stones

However, Erik Killmonger took the armor and the Infinity Stones for himself, failing to convince the others to use the Stones to "fix" their respective universes. As Killmonger prepared to kill the Guardians, Zola resurfaced and told Killmonger his intentions to use the Infinity Stones for himself due to now having Ultron's body. Killmonger refused and Zola engaged him in a tug of war for the Stones. Realizing that their mission was never meant to stop Ultron but to separate the Stones, knowing what to do, Doctor Strange used the Time Stone to freeze Zola and Killmonger in time and The Watcher encased them in a pocket dimension. The Watcher then told Strange that he must make the sacrifice to stand watch over the pocket dimension, observing Zola and Killmonger in their reality bubble for all eternity, from the Mirror Dimension and ensuring that they would never escape, a task which Strange accepted.[2]


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Powers and Abilities


  • Synthezoid Physiology/Mind Stone Enhancement: To be added
    • Superhuman Strength: To be added
    • Superhuman Durability: To be added
    • Superhuman Speed: To be added
    • Superhuman Agility: To be added
    • Superhuman Stamina: To be added
    • Superhuman Reflexes: To be added
    • Computer Interaction: To be added
    • Telekinesis: To be added


  • Genius-Level Intellect: To be added
  • Master Scientist: To be added
  • Master Engineer: To be added
  • Bilingualism: To be added





  • Zola's head being projected on Ultron's torso after he takes over his body is a reference to Arnim Zola's regular appearance in comics, where he is shown as a robot body with a screen displaying Zola's head on its chest.


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