"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]

Berlin is the capital of Germany.


Deutsches Opernhaus

Deutsches Opernhaus Berlin

The actors perform Parsifal at the Deutsches Opernhaus

In February 1934, Adolf Hitler attended a representation of Richard Wagner's opera Parsifal at the Deutsches Opernhaus in Berlin, with all the audience waiting to see Hitler's reactions before applauding the performance. 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.

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, leader of the special weapons division, to continue his research in his division, but Kaufmann, displeased with Schmidt's interruption, was threatened and warned not to come near Hitler again. However, Heinrich Himmler, head of the Schutzstaffel, overheard Schmidt's theories, and took him under his wing.[1]

World War II

Beginning of the War

In 1939, Adolf Hitler began a conflict later denominated World War II, with the intention of creating a German Empire that would last for a thousand years. 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.[2]

By March 1942, Berlin became the target of Allied air raids. In one particular raid, the city was hit with 350 2-ton bombs.[3]

HYDRA Desertion

Targets map

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 and intended to nuke the capitals and major cities of all countries that resist his conquest, including Berlin, even though by that time, German troops had conquered many countries in Europe.[2]

The Telegram

In 1945, when he learned about Johann Schmidt's apparent demise at the hands of Captain America, Wolfgang Brenner sent a telegram from Berlin to Werner Reinhardt to inform him about their leader's death and the approach of the Allied troops.[4]

The End of the War

Keitel surrender

Wilhelm Keitel, signing the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany

On April 30, 1945, in his bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler appointed Karl Dönitz, the Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht, as his successor. Hitler then committed a 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.[5] On May 9, 1945, Wilhelm Keitel had to sign the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany at Soviet headquarters in Berlin.[6]

Cold War

Soviet soldiers

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

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

During the Cold War, Berlin was divided by a barrier called the Berlin Wall. The eastern part of the city was controlled by the Soviets, while the western part was controlled by the NATO. During the 1980s, HYDRA managed to secretly infiltrate 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.[7]

A few days later, the laboratory was infiltrated by Henry Pym, a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist who sent by his superiors to stop, what they thought to be Soviet radicals, from reverse-engineering an old piece of HYDRA technology. Using his size-changing Ant-Man Suit, Pym managed to ruin the laboratory, destroy the Memory Suppressing Machine, free the prisoner and knock down all the guards. The mission in Berlin convinced Pym's superiors Howard Stark and Peggy Carter that Pym would be a great operative for S.H.I.E.L.D.[8]

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 black sedan.[9]

Elektra's Murders

Elektra, a member of the Chaste, visited Berlin during her travels where she killed a lawyer.[10]

Capture of the Winter Soldier

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

The moment Captain America, Winter Soldier, Falcon and Black Panther were apprehended by the Joint-Terrorism Task Force and James Rhodes they were all immediately transported to the force's headquarters in Berlin.

Peter Parker's Trip

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

Happy and Tony take Peter Parker to Berlin, while arrived before the days of the Clash of the Avengers. he spends his time exploring the city and vlogging. and later Happy escorted him to the Airport.

Incarceration of Helmut Zemo

Helmut Zemo, the man responsible for the Bombing of the Vienna International Centre and for orchestrating the Avengers Civil War, was incarcerated in the Task Force's Berlin headquarters following his apprehension by Black Panther.

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