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"I'd love to have you in Berlin."
Talos to Spider-Man[src]

Berlin is the capital of Germany. From 1949 to 1990, the city was divided into East Berlin and West Berlin after Germany had split in two, and were reunified as one following the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

History

Viola's Trip

On February 12, 1931, HYDRA agent Viola traveled to the city of Berlin.[1]

Deutsches Opernhaus

In February 1934, Adolf Hitler attended a representation of Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal at the Deutsches Opernhaus in Berlin. During the ensuing gala dinner, Hitler praised some aspects of the play that linked to his own line of thought, such as celebrating the purity of blood that must be safeguarded, while constructing a new aristocracy based on it.

The actors perform Parsifal at the Deutsches Opernhaus

Hitler was interrupted by Johann Schmidt who said that the old ways should not be disposed of, as they could prove to be more than they appeared. After apologizing, Schmidt revealed that Wagner's music had influenced his work just as it "inspired" Hitler to set Germany back on a path of greatness. Hitler asked for the link between Wagner and physics, and Schmidt answered that the "magic" from the Norse mythology that Wagner adapted into his operas could simply be the oldest science ever known. Intrigued by Schmidt's ideas, Hitler asked Ernst Kaufmann to arrange a lunch between Hitler and Schmidt to discuss the ideas.

Schmidt asked Kaufmann to continue his research in his division, however, he was displeased with Schmidt's interruption, and warned him not to come near Hitler again. However, Heinrich Himmler overheard Schmidt's theories, and took him under his wing.[2]

World War II

Beginning of the War

In 1939, Nazi Germany led by Adolf Hitler began the World War II, intending of creating a German Empire. Germany was considered the center of Axis powers after the official outbreak of the war, with its capital, Berlin, housing the headquarters of the Nazi Third Reich government, the German Armed Forces and the Schutzstaffel.[3] By March 1942, Berlin became the target of Allied air raids. In one particular raid, the city was hit with 350 2-ton bombs.[4]

HYDRA Desertion

Berlin marked as one of the HYDRA's targets

"Berlin is on this map!"
"So it is."
Hutter and Johann Schmidt[src]

In 1943, Johann Schmidt and his HYDRA division went rogue, separating themselves from the Nazi regime. According to one of HYDRA's maps, Berlin was among the European cities planned to be invaded following the destruction of the United States, despite the fact that German troops had conquered many countries in Europe.[3]

In 1945 Wolfgang Brenner discovered Schmidt's apparent demise at the hands of Captain America, and sent a telegram from Berlin to Werner Reinhardt to inform him of Schmidt's death and the approach of the Allied troops.[5]

The End of the War

Wilhelm Keitel, signing the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany

On April 30, 1945, in his bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler appointed Karl Dönitz as his successor. Hitler then committed suicide in order to evade capture after Nazi Germany's defeat. The Nazi propaganda attempted to present his death as a heroic fall in the struggle against Bolshevism.[6] On May 9, 1945, Wilhelm Keitel had to sign the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany at Soviet headquarters in Berlin.[7]

Cold War

Berlin Divided

Nazi Germany's surrender at the end of World War II led to the country and its capital city of Berlin being split in two as well, with East Germany administered by the Soviet Union while West Germany was administered by the Western Bloc. The Berlin Wall was created to separate East Berlin and West Berlin.[7]

Infiltration into East Berlin

The Soviet patrol led by a HYDRA officer on the streets of East Berlin

"We're sending a covert op into East Berlin."
Howard Stark to Hank Pym[src]

During the 1980s, HYDRA was involved in the the Soviet power structures, establishing a secret laboratory in East Berlin. They continued their memory suppression experiments from World War II with the goal to create an army of brainwashed soldiers who would follow every order. Their human lab rat managed to escape but was quickly caught by the Soviet Armed Forces patrol near the Berlin Wall.

A few days later, the laboratory was infiltrated by Hank Pym who was sent by S.H.I.E.L.D. to investigate and sabotage the reverse-engineering an old piece of HYDRA technology. Using the Ant-Man Suit, Pym managed to ruin the laboratory, destroy the Memory Suppressing Machine, free the prisoner and knock down all the guards before returning to the United States of America.[8]

Fall of the Berlin Wall

On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall was torn down, reunifying the city of Berlin. This led to the reunification of Germany, and played a significant role in bringing an end to the Cold War.[9][7]

Wanted List

"Let me assure you it wasn't luck that led me to your partner's black sedan in Berlin or that he'd open the door for a redhead or those two agents in Morocco. Do you think it was just a roll of the dice that my people found them in that riad? No, it was the Clairvoyant."
Ian Quinn to John Garrett[src]

John Garrett and his team were tasked with apprehending Ian Quinn following the kidnapping of Franklin Hall and his seeming death in Malta. However, Quinn's men were able to kill at least three agents with the Clairvoyant's guidance, killing an agent in Berlin inside his own sedan.[10]

Elektra's Murders

Traveling across the globe, Elektra visited Berlin where she killed a lawyer.[11]

Relocated

"CIA has you stationed over here now?"
"In Berlin, Joint Terrorism Task Force."
Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter[src]

Sometime before the ratification of the Sokovia Accords, the CIA stationed Sharon Carter at the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre in Berlin, under the command of Everett Ross.[12]

Avengers Civil War

Capture of Winter Soldier

Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers in Berlin

"So, what happened to the real Broussard?"
"He was found dead in a Berlin hotel room."
Tony Stark and F.R.I.D.A.Y.[src]

In 2016, following the confrontation in Bucharest, GSG 9 apprehended Winter Soldier, as well as Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, and T'Challa, and brought them to the JCTC Headquarters in Berlin. They were approached by CIA agents Everett Ross and Sharon Carter. Tony Stark was present also, as he was overseeing the aftermath of the incident.

Winter Soldier escapes Joint Counter Terrorist Centre

The United Nations contacted Theo Broussard to interrogate Barnes; however, he was secretly murdered and replaced by Helmut Zemo. Zemo arrived at the JCTC building where he used the Winter Soldier Book to enthrall Barnes, ordering him to reveal the existence of the HYDRA Siberian Facility before having him kill the JCTC operatives. As the power around the base was cut out, Barnes confronted the Avengers and remaining JCTC operatives, while Zemo escaped. Barnes then fought Stark, Romanoff, Carter, and T'Challa, before he was apprehended by Rogers.

Steve Rogers helps Bucky Barnes

Rogers and Wilson brought Barnes to an undisclosed location where he told Rogers and Barnes about HYDRA's Winter Soldier Program. He suggested that Zemo was going to reactivate the other Winter Soldiers. Rogers and Wilson then contacted Carter, who met with them and gave Rogers his shield and Wilson his EXO-7 Falcon.[12]

Peter Parker's Trip

Peter Parker in Berlin

"Nobody's actually told me why I'm in Berlin. Or what I'm doing. Something about... Captain America... going crazy?"
Peter Parker[src]

Preparing for the fight against Captain America, Happy Hogan brought Peter Parker in the private jet to Berlin. As Hogan booked the suite at Kurhotel Ströszek, Parker spent his time exploring the city and vlogging. Returning to the hotel, Parker found the Spider-Man Suit that Stark designed for him. Equipped with the new suit, Parker and Stark flew to Schkeuditz where Rogers' team was found.[13]

Incarceration of Helmut Zemo

Helmut Zemo at Joint Counter Terrorist Centre

Apprehending Helmut Zemo, T'Challa handed him to the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre led by Everett Ross, on account for Theo Broussard's murder and the bombing of the United Nations. Zemo was incarcerated inside the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre Building in Berlin.[12]

Liberation of Helmut Zemo

Helmut Zemo at Berlin Correctional Facility

By 2024, Helmut Zemo had been moved from the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre to the Berlin Correctional Facility.[14]

Bucky Barnes speaks with Helmut Zemo

Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes arrived at the Correctional Facility so that Barnes could speak with Zemo in hopes to learn more about the Flag Smashers. Barnes met with Zemo in Zemo's cell with a glass wall separating them and Barnes told Zemo about the Super Soldier Serum. Zemo became interested and Barnes orchestrated a prison riot, allowing Zemo to break free to join them.

Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson discuss Helmut Zemo

Afterwards, Barnes met with Wilson and told him what he had done. Wilson wasn't happy that Barnes didn't inform him but reluctantly agreed once Zemo arrived. They then went to Zemo's garage where Zemo collected his belongings needed for helping them.

Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson go to the jet

Zemo then took Barnes and Wilson to his private jet where they were met by Oeznik, Zemo's butler. After getting on the jet, they departed for Madripoor.[15]

Ambush in Berlin

Spider-Man swings into Berlin

"I need my suit, and I have to go to Berlin, and talk to Mr. Fury in person."
Peter Parker to Michelle Jones[src]

In mid-2024, Talos and Soren, impersonating Nick Fury and Maria Hill, departed to Berlin to cooperate with Europol. When Peter Parker discovered that Quentin Beck, in fact, was a fraud, he went to Berlin in his Stealth Suit to tell 'Fury' about Beck's lie.

Mysterio tricks Spider-Man

However, Beck learned about it and used his illusion technology to trick Parker and attacked him using Stark Industries Combat Drones. Tricking Parker, Beck convinced him to tell him that his friends were aware of Beck's lie as well. Beck then generated an illusion, having Parker hit by a bullet train on its way to the Netherlands.[16]

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