Cleveland is a city in the state of Ohio.


"Not sure why you wanted to go with the lottery story, sir. It's a tough sell."
"Exactly. Nothing makes people more suspicious than a handsome man offering them free money."
Phil Coulson and Grant Ward[src]

Phil Coulson and Grant Ward traveled to Ohio in order to talk to Laura Hayward, the sister of Brian Hayward, one of the Centipede Soldiers that broke Edison Po out of the Havenworth Federal Penitentiary.

Coulson and Ward drove to the University of Ohio to meet Laura, chatting about women on route, with Coulson revealing his former relationship to a cellist living in Portland, that ended with his death during the Attack on the Helicarrier. Coulson still cared about her, even though he could not reveal his survival.

Coulson was informed by Melinda May and Skye about the identity of Po's only visit in prison, Raina, who, according to Michael Peterson, acted as recruiter for the Centipede Project. Coulson deduced they wanted Po as the leader to the Centipede Soldiers due to his military background in tactical strategy.

Ward approached Laura Hayward as she exited her class, disguised as a member of the Ohio State Gaming Commission, telling her they were trying to contact his brother Brian because he won $50,000 in the lottery. Laura didn't reveal that she was in contact with her brother, and dismissed Ward.

Ward asked Coulson why he wanted to use that story, and Coulson revealed he intended to use a highly suspicious approach so that Laura contacted his brother to warn him, and they could trace the call, locating him in Oakland.[1]

Helmut Zemo located in Cleveland Vasily Karpov, one of the former leaders of the Winter Soldier Program, who was in hiding with HYDRA having been wiped out. Zemo attacked and subdued Karpov before tying him upside down above a sink slowly filling with water. Zemo took the Winter Soldier Book from Karpov's HYDRA files and introduced himself, demanding information about Howard and Maria Stark's assassination, but Karpov refused to speak. Zemo left, taking his belongings while Karpov drowned.[2]

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