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"It's not a world of spies anymore, not even a world of heroes. This is the age of miracles, Doctor. There is nothing more horrifying... than a miracle."
―Baron Strucker to List[src]

Baron Wolfgang von Strucker was one of the leaders of HYDRA, and one of the last in Europe during the War on HYDRA. He trained alongside Hale and Jasper Sitwell at the HYDRA Preparatory Academy, passing his tests and becoming a personal student of Daniel Whitehall and later played an important part in overseeing the beginning of the Project Destroyer of Worlds, which in turn led to the creation of the new soldiers for HYDRA including the Absorbing Man. Having become a sleeper agent within S.H.I.E.L.D., von Strucker recruited for HYDRA's cause those who became unsatisfied with the way the agency was led, while also raising his son Werner von Strucker whom he deemed to be a disappointment to their cause and not a suitable leader.

In the aftermath of the Battle of New York, von Strucker's HYDRA cell secretly took possession of the Scepter which was confiscated by STRIKE thanks to the help of Alexander Pierce. Over the next two years, von Strucker and List used the Scepter's powers to experiment on many human volunteers in HYDRA Research Base, aiming to create an army of enhanced people who would serve HYDRA. Around the time of the Battle at the Triskelion, von Strucker deserted S.H.I.E.L.D., but as the continuing conflict raged, he eventually became one of the last few surviving heads of HYDRA. His base of operations was discovered and attacked by the Avengers, leading to his capture and apprehension, before he was killed in his cell by Ultron. His death reduced HYDRA to just a few disorganized cells, with each one being led differently by its respective leaders, who disputed about HYDRA's future.

Biography

Early Life

HYDRA Preparatory Academy

"Imagine a man with the density of lead, with the volatility of cesium. The possibilities are endless. Can someone name another substance suitable for infusion? Yes, Mr. von Strucker."
"Why not use Red Skull's Tesseract? It's the greatest power source we've ever had."
"Intriguing. Looking to our past for inspiration."
Daniel Whitehall and Wolfgang von Strucker[src]

Strucker studying at the HYDRA Academy

Wolfgang von Strucker was born in a family of German barons which had a large influence in HYDRA. He attended the HYDRA Preparatory Academy and gained popularity among students due to his family name. As he was approaching graduation he attended a guest lecture on his last day given by one of the current HYDRA heads, Daniel Whitehall.

He listened as Whitehall introduced the Particle Infusion Chamber to the class, intended to be used to create their own super soldier stronger than Captain America and asked for a suggestion. Strucker suggested using the Tesseract which was used by Red Skull which Whitehall acknowledged. But his idea was criticized by Hale as it would blow their cover within S.H.I.E.L.D. and suggested using elements from the outer space which Whitehall appreciated for her forward thinking.

This made von Strucker jealous. Next day in the gym, Strucker had his friends play a prank on Hale for revenge. It agitated Hale to the point where she attacked Strucker and was in turn badly assaulted by his friends. Strucker graduated and was assigned to work on the Particle Infusion Chamber.[5]

Head of HYDRA

Secret Life

"My father, so rarely, let me see any of his world."
Werner von Strucker[src]

Strucker kept his professional life, as a member of HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D., separated from his personal life and his son Werner. Though he made sure that Werner was very well financially supported, Strucker did not share his business with him, concerning HYDRA.[6] Strucker had some overlapping interests with Hale who became a HYDRA undercover agent within the United States Air Force and often visited him, even though she actually hated him. During one such visit, Strucker beat Werner after Hale's daughter, Ruby Hale, hit her head while playing with Werner. This wasn't the only time Strucker beat his son.[7]

Strucker eventually became good friends with Gideon Malick who considered him a great man. Malick was also the only other HYDRA head that Strucker's son Werner knew about.[8] Strucker also made some business with the black-market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue.[1] Over the years, he became the leader of the European faction of HYDRA.[9] Von Strucker's involvement with Project Destroyer of Worlds and his experiments with the Particle Infusion Chamber resulted in Carl Creel attaining the ability to absorb any element and turn his skin into that same material.[7]

Hidden Vaults

"Strucker has many vaults. I know them all."
Grant Ward[src]

Strucker had many vaults hidden around the world, filled with numerous mysterious artifacts. As one of the five most powerful leaders of HYDRA, Strucker knew the legend of HYDRA's origin and its true purpose. The vault in Zepkow, Germany contained a piece of the Monolith that was used by the Inhumans to banish Hive to the Maveth thousands of years ago, and which HYDRA hoped to use to bring him back to Earth to conquer it.[10]

Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

"Baron Strucker. HYDRA's number one thug."
"Technically, I'm a thug for S.H.I.E.L.D."
Captain America and Baron Strucker[src]

As one of the high-ranking members of HYDRA within S.H.I.E.L.D., Strucker was in charge of various science projects, including the research of the Tesseract.[4] After the Battle of New York, Strucker desired the Scepter of Loki,[11] so Alexander Pierce had Jasper Sitwell along with Brock Rumlow and his STRIKE unit go to the Stark Tower after the battle's end and they were given the Scepter by Black Widow.[12] Howsoever, the Scepter was taken to the S.H.I.E.L.D. S.T.A.T.I.O.N. facility where it was studied. After a HYDRA mole inside that facility informed Strucker that one of the scientists working on the Scepter, Mark Smith, was a potential HYDRA recruit, Strucker decided to recruit Smith personally. Following the successful recruitment of Smith into HYDRA, Strucker ordered him and another HYDRA mole to retrieve the Scepter. Smith and his HYDRA colleague retrieved the Scepter and transported it to the HYDRA Research Base in Sokovia.[11]

Strucker's scientists began to power weapons using the Scepter. Although List considered the weapon's results to be remarkable, they were not to Strucker's satisfaction; he ordered List to recruit human volunteers among the rioters of Sokovia to get the results he desired. Many of the volunteers died in the experiments while the only two survivors, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, gained extraordinary powers as a result.[11] Despite all the progress HYDRA made with the Scepter, they only managed to "scratch the surface", according to Strucker, because he believed the jewel in the Scepter was hiding many more secrets.[13]

Out of the Shadows

The End of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Strucker closely looking at the Scepter

"HYDRA. S.H.I.E.L.D.. Two sides of a coin that's no longer currency."
―Baron Strucker to List[src]

Strucker established the research base in Sokovia and was informed of the destruction of the Triskelion, and the revelation of all of HYDRA's secrets inside S.H.I.E.L.D. by List. Strucker remained calm as Nick Fury had revealed to the public only the secrets he knew about and HYDRA's work with the Scepter remained unknown. Strucker told List that he would sacrifice a few facilities to keep their enemies off their scent for now.

Strucker and List observing the Maximoff twins

List asked von Strucker about what he intended to do with the volunteers for their experiments, and Strucker ordered their bodies to be buried deep in the ground. List then asked him about the only surviving volunteers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. As they watched the twins display their newfound superpowers, Strucker replied that the Avengers would sooner or later meet them, and that with the age of spies and heroes at an end, in the age of miracles, nothing is more horrifying than a miracle.[2]

HYDRA's Crisis

"Since Strucker is overseas, I assume you report to someone else."
"That's correct."
Grant Ward and Sunil Bakshi[src]

Grant Ward knew that Strucker was overseas, so he asked Sunil Bakshi who the American leader of HYDRA was. He learned that Daniel Whitehall was that person.[14] Strucker was not able to attend the biannual meeting of HYDRA leaders held at the mansion of Octavian Bloom; he sent List in his place instead. Von Strucker, through List, sent his condolences on the death of Daniel Whitehall and expressed his wish to see Sunil Bakshi in the position formerly held by Whitehall. Strucker also advised the other HYDRA leaders to stop underestimating S.H.I.E.L.D..[15]

When Phil Coulson arranged for the remnants of HYDRA leaders to kill each other, von Strucker became one of the last high commanders of HYDRA. List confirmed to Bakshi that Strucker was in Eastern Europe.[3] Sometime later, Strucker was called by List who informed him that he managed to capture Mike Peterson and Lincoln Campbell, two enhanced individuals who could become a great asset to HYDRA and Strucker was pleased with the news.[16]

Attack on the HYDRA Research Base

Strucker talks to List during the raid

"We will not yield. The Americans send their circus freaks to test us. We will send them back, in bags. No surrender!"
"No surrender!"
"I am going to surrender. You will delete everything. If we give the Avengers the weapons, they may not look too far."
―Baron Strucker and HYDRA Soldier[src]

Strucker ordered his cell to work on research of the Scepter, a Leviathan's corpse and the Chitauri Guns, successfully reverse-engineering the Chitauri tech to be used by HYDRA's troops in the form of the HYDRA Exo-Suits and greatly upgrading HYDRA's arsenal. Using the power of the Scepter, HYDRA scientists had even experimented with A.I., from which they designed advanced mechs. However, Strucker's actions also attracted the attention of the Avengers due to Phil Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D.'s interference.

Strucker learning the Avengers have arrived

As Strucker and List were on the verge of their greatest breakthrough, the Avengers assaulted the HYDRA Research Base. Strucker ordered his men to deploy the HYDRA Tanks against the attackers. Though List wanted to send out the Maximoff twins, Strucker claimed they were not ready to fight. Believing that his men could still hold the attackers, Strucker decided to continue the fight, which caused heavy damage in Novi Grad.

Strucker ordering his men to keep fighting

However, Iron Man destroyed the base's energy field, shutting down the force field around the main building, leaving Strucker and his men practically defenseless. Strucker decided to surrender, ordering List to delete all the data they had collected. Strucker intended to give the Avengers HYDRA's weapons, hoping to keep them too occupied to find the secret laboratory where he and List did the majority of their work and where the Scepter was located. His last order to his men was to keep resisting the Avengers.

Strucker is confronted by Captain America

When the Avengers broke into the base, Strucker was confronted by Captain America. Strucker offered no resistance, saying that he knew when he was beaten. When Captain America asked Strucker about the survivors of HYDRA's experiments, Wanda Maximoff appeared, using her powers to throw him down the stairs. Captain America quickly recovered and knocked out Strucker by hitting him in the chest with his shield.[1]

Imprisonment and Death

Strucker overhears Ultron arriving nearby

"What's this?"
"A message. Ultron killed Strucker."
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers[src]

Later, Strucker was apprehended by NATO and imprisoned in the penitentiary facility.[1] While Strucker was incarcerated, he overheard some noise coming from outside of his cell, which he assumed to be HYDRA having come to rescue him. However, Strucker was shocked to discover that it was actually Ultron who had found him.[17] Ultron had then demanded to know where he could locate Vibranium, which Ultron needed for his plans.

Strucker murdered inside his cell by Ultron

Once Strucker had informed Ultron that he could get a massive supply of Vibranium from Ulysses Klaue, Ultron had then murdered Strucker by hitting his head hard against the wall, painting the word "PEACE" on the prison wall with Strucker's own blood - which was meant as a direct message to the Avengers, who he knew would be looking into this.[1] Strucker was confirmed dead on WHiH World News five days later.[18]

Legacy

HYDRA Power Struggle

"Your father kept you in the dark and then died a meaningless death, leaving you a HYDRA face with no answers. I know what it's like to come from a complicated family. HYDRA's fractured, in pieces. We're gonna rebuild it, the right way. By force."
Grant Ward to Werner von Strucker[src]

Despite his death, Strucker was still remembered by his successors as one of HYDRA's greatest leaders. Strucker and List's deaths left HYDRA fractured and weak, until Grant Ward started a campaign to reunify HYDRA, for which he recruited Strucker's son, Werner von Strucker.[6] In his attempt to discover Strucker's hidden vault, Ward made an alliance with Gideon Malick and attempted to return Hive from Maveth to Earth.[10]

Strücker Watch

"They say a man is never fully dressed without two important accessories, his special lady... and his Strücker."
―Commercial Announcer[src]

In 2023, Wanda Maximoff used chaos magic to create a sitcom reality which broadcast an advertisement about a HYDRA watch named after Strucker.[19]

Personality

"Don't worry, I know when I'm beat. You'll mention how I cooperated, I hope."
―Baron Strucker to Captain America[src]

Strucker was known to be callous about the loss of human life, as he fine with performing experiments on human beings, not worrying about how many of them would die, as he believed that the results gathered from the experiments would contribute to HYDRA's cause. He was also unconcerned about the civilian casualties in Novi Grad during the Attack on the HYDRA Research Base.

According to Gideon Malick, Strucker understood that protecting assets was more important than flaunting them, as he would never foolishly put an untested young operative in play without proper training. However, in the opposite, Hale claimed that Strucker was one of the reasons why HYDRA went off the rails. Nevertheless, Strucker was regarded by many, like Kebo, as one of HYDRA's greatest leaders, yet they felt his death was meaningless.

During his adolescence, Strucker proved himself to be an arrogant and over-confident individual with a tendency towards bullying and misogyny. His heritage as a Strucker and devotion to the glory of HYDRA's past made him relatively popular amongst the student body of the HYDRA Preparatory Academy as well as the HYDRA leadership as he was pre-selected to eventually become a head of HYDRA. He and his clique would often harass less popular students such as Jasper Sitwell and Hale by demeaning them in a variety of manners.

Abilities

"Concentrate fire on the weak ones. A hit can make them close ranks."
―Baron Strucker[src]
  • Expert Tactician: When Project Insight failed in its objective and HYDRA's existence was revealed to the world, Strucker quickly decided to sacrifice a few HYDRA bases to keep the Avengers from discovering the location of his base in Sokovia, so he and List could continue with their research of the Chitauri tech and the Scepter undisturbed. When his base was attacked by the Avengers, he ordered his soldiers to concentrate their fire on the weaker Avengers, hoping to force them to close ranks so they could be all attacked at the same time.
  • Expert Scientist: Strucker was in charge of a project that gave volunteers extraordinary abilities. Along with List, HYDRA gave powers to some people through research of the Scepter and Chitauri tech. They gave Pietro Maximoff his enhanced speed powers and unlocked Wanda Maximoff's latent chaos magic abilities.
  • Bilingualism: Strucker was fluent in his native German, as well as English.

Equipment

Weapons

  • Handgun: As a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and a HYDRA operative, Strucker always carried a handgun which served as his personal side-arm.

Other Equipment

"What we have... is worth more than any of them ever knew. We've only scratched the surface and already..."
―Baron Strucker to List[src]
  • Scepter:

    Strucker observing the Scepter

    The Scepter was stolen for Strucker by Mark Smith and allowed him to perform experiments for HYDRA on people, such as Wanda and Pietro Maximoff.
    • Mind Stone: Strucker rand tests on the Mind Stone inside the Scepter and exposed various volunteers to it, including Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, who were the only two who survived exposure to the stone. Wanda had the abilities of the Scarlet Witch activated within her, and Pietro gained super strength, so Strucker continued studying the Maximoffs.
  • Monolith: Strucker had kept a shard of the Monolith hidden inside his family vault, where he was regarded as one of HYDRA's greatest weapons, as he would allow HYDRA to free Hive and take over the world. As with the other items kept in the vault, Strucker kept it secret and safe until his death, at which point Gideon Malick and Grant Ward took possession of it.

Facilities

Relationships

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Appearances for Baron Strucker

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Trivia

Behind the Scenes

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