Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in west-central Europe. The country consists of 16 states, and its capital and largest city is Berlin. From 1949 to 1990, the country was divided in two, forming East Germany and West Germany.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Birth of Abraham Erskine
- 1.2 Birth of Werner Reinhardt
- 1.3 Third Reich
- 1.4 World War II
- 1.5 Nuremberg Trials
- 1.6 Last Visit
- 1.7 Cold War
- 1.8 Gorani Insurance
- 1.9 Skirmish in Germany
- 1.10 Wanted List
- 1.11 Hidden Vault
- 1.12 Steel Serpent's Sales
- 1.13 Sokovia Accords
- 1.14 Joint Counter Terrorist Centre
- 1.15 Peter Parker's Arrival
- 1.16 Clash of the Avengers
- 1.17 Peter Parker's Departure
- 1.18 Helmut Zemo's Imprisonment
- 1.19 Flag Smasher Campaign
- 1.20 "Nick Fury" in Europol
- 2 Appearances
- 3 References
- 4 External Links
Birth of Abraham Erskine
Birth of Werner Reinhardt
Rise of Adolf Hitler
- "So many people forget that the first country the Nazis invaded was their own. You know, after the last war, they... my people struggled. They... they felt weak... they felt small. Then Hitler comes along with the marching, and the big show, and the flags, and the, and the..."
- ―Abraham Erskine to Steve Rogers[src]
The devastation caused by World War I greatly destabilized Europe. Adolf Hitler managed to raise to power given the political and economic instability in Germany, and a lingering resentment over the terms imposed by the Versailles Treaty following the Great War.
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. Johann Schmidt, a university researcher in the field of physics, interrupted Hitler, saying that the old ways should not be disposed, 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.
Night of the Long Knives
On June 30, 1934, Ernst Kaufmann and other leaders of the Sturmabteilung were hosted at the Hanselbauer Hotel in Bad Wiessee. In order to gain support from the Wehrmacht for his regime, Adolf Hitler ordered the assassinations of all higher officers of the SA, in a purge that later became known as the Night of the Long Knives.
Johann Schmidt, having become Heinrich Himmler's protege, told Kauffmann that the only way the German Army would support Hitler's regime was if Kaufmann's stormtroopers were eliminated, and as Himmler and the Schutzstaffel shared Schmidt's interest in Norse mythology, Schmidt would take leadership of Kaufmann's weapons program. Schmidt assassinated Kaufmann by throwing a knife into his throat as the other leaders of the Sturmabteilung were killed.
In June 1934, Johann Schmidt led a takeover in the SA Weapons Testing Ground in Kummersdorf, where troops loyal to Ernst Kaufmann and the Sturmabteilung shoot the members of the Schutzstaffel on sight, as they had not received orders of that the Sturmabteilung was dismantled following the Night of the Long Knives. As the troops had been handpicked by Kaufmann and were loyal to him to the death, Schmidt decided to kill all the soldiers in the facility. He came across scientist Arnim Zola, who was working on developing an Exo-skeleton battle armor, to make a soldier stronger. On the other hand, Schmidt wanted to transform soldiers themselves into weapons, and he informed Zola that all his budget was going to be rerouted for that project, something Zola, fearing for his life, agreed to.
On September 14, 1935, Abraham Erskine, his wife Greta, and their sons Klaus and Marlene, boarded a train to Geneva in hopes of avoiding a group of anti-Semitic laws known as the Nuremberg Laws that Adolf Hitler would approve the following day in Nuremberg. Upon arriving to the German/Swiss border, the train was stopped by Johann Schmidt. Schmidt's troops began looking for Erskine, and, although his wife begged him not to, Erskine turned himself in to avoid other people suffering because of him. Erskine was taken to Schmidt's presence, where they discussed Erskine's attempt to leave the country at the last time, given his research at the university went so well he was reluctant to leave it. Schmidt had been monitoring Erskine's progress in a project that increased the molecular density of cellular fibers through synthetic proteins of his own devising. However, a warning of the announcement of laws against Jews that would happen in Nuremberg, and given his wife's Jewish heritage, made Erskine decide to leave the country for the well-being of his family. Schmidt disregarded the purpose of those laws, as he was not interested in Nazi ideology, and his only goal was to create an actual "superior man" that would be a race unto himself. For that goal, he coerced Erskine into helping him, but threatening the lives of his wife and sons, that were sent to a concentration camp in Dachau.
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.
Birth of the Red Skull
By 1940, Johann Schmidt had moved to Ernst Kaufmann's castle, now abandoned after Kaufmann was murdered by Schmidt during the Night of the Long Knives. Schmidt tested Abraham Erskine's Super Soldier Serum upon himself, and spent the following two days secluded in a room suffering the side effects of the serum as, according to Erskine, the serum was not ready yet. Schmidt' maid, Eva, tried to bring food to Schmidt, who angrily threw a wardrobe against the door in a feat of the strength granted by the serum, demanding to be alone to contemplate the meaning of his fate.
In the dungeons, Arnim Zola visited a chained Erskine, to announce that the failure of the "Übermensch" soldier program would grant Zola an opportunity to provide a technological alternative for Schmidt's goals. Erskine answered that it was not the serum who failed, as Schmidt was the one who failed at being human. Zola mocked that the disfigurement inflicted upon Schmidt would result in an order of execution against Erskine, and against his family held in Dachau. Eva came looking for Zola, as the dinner was served, and all the dinner guests fell unconscious, Zola included. Eva seized the opportunity to free Erskine, revealing herself as Peggy Carter of the British Secret Intelligence. Carter cleared the path, killing some of the men who were not unconscious. Erskine asked to free his family from the concentration camp in Dachau, but Carter informed him that his family died in 1937, in a typhus outbreak that killed thousands of inmates. Schmidt never informed Erskine of the deaths to continue using the family as leverage. Erskine, enraged, tried to kill Schmidt in revenge for the deaths of his wife and sons, but Carter convinced him that the best way to get revenge on Schmidt and HYDRA was to take his serum to the Allies, as Schmidt's strength was now unbelievable, and a direct confrontation would result in a meaningless death. Erskine and Carter ascended to the roof of the castle, where a plane extracted them. Colonel Chester Phillips and Howard Stark greeted Erskine and welcomed him to join the Strategic Scientific Reserve.
In March 1942, Johann Schmidt and his HYDRA division went rogue, separating themselves from the Nazi regime and intended to nuke the capitals of all countries that resist his conquest, including Berlin, even though by that time, German troops had conquered many countries in Europe.
In 1944, John McGinnis ordered his men to steal samples of the Midnight Oil, designed by Howard Stark, intending to use it to keep soldiers awake for days. McGinnis deployed the gas over the Soviet 478th Rifle Division in order to help them take the city of Finow from German troops. However, the gas caused symptoms such as anger, hallucinations and psychosis, making the Soviet soldiers brutally slaughter each other. Johann Fennhoff managed to use a gas mask to protect himself, and survived the whole massacre. Fennhoff found his own brother brutally killed in the battlefield, with his eyes having been removed from his face, and pieces of his flesh having been bitten off. A Wehrmacht squad led by Ernst Mueller arrived at Finow, finding the massacred bodies of the members of the Soviet 478th Rifle Division. Despite the things he had done during the war, Mueller could only describe the event as a massacre, with the bodies having being piled high and ripped apart. Not knowing the truth about the event, Mueller thought the ones who attacked the Russian soldiers had already left the scene during their arrival, and the United States Army blamed the Mueller for massacre.
Howard Stark's Arrival
The following day, Howard Stark took a plane and landed in Finow, in order to witness the effects of Midnight Oil, and was horrified by the brutality of the massacre. Stark confronted John McGinnis and started a fight, despite the fact that McGinnis was physically superior to Stark, and McGinnis retaliated by easily knocking Stark out.
The End of the War
On April 30, 1945, in his bunker in Berlin, Adolf Hitler appointed Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz, the Commander-in-Chief of the Wehrmacht, 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. On May 9, 1945, Wilhelm Keitel had to sign the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany at Soviet headquarters in Berlin.
Wilhelm Keitel was arrested and tried at the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg, ending up being sentenced to death and hanged at the Nuremberg Prison. Keitel spent twenty-five minutes struggling for his life until he ultimately died on the gallows. Ernst Mueller was apprehended and sentenced to death for his role as a Nazi regiment leader during World War II, accused of murder, extermination, enslavement and deportation, among other crimes.
Roger Dooley arrived at Nuremberg in order to speak to Ernst Mueller about the truth behind the battle in Finow, where allegedly all the members of the Soviet 478th Rifle Division were slaughtered, despite at least two of its members, Leet Brannis and Sasha Demidov, were related to the theft of Howard Stark's technology. Dooley was taken to Mueller's room, where two soldiers were measuring him for the noose, and Mueller received Dooley joking about the fact, subsequently apologizing for his "gallows humor." Dooley showed him two pictures, one of Brannis and of Demidov, and asked if he knew them. Mueller seemingly did not recognize them, as he asked if they were German. Dooley revealed they were Russians, and reportedly died during the battle of Finow, though he omitted that they survived the battle. Mueller acknowledged he was in Finow, and seeing Mueller was not going to answer anything about it, Dooley offered to help him "escape." Dooley explained how Wilhelm Keitel was hanged the day before, agonizing for 25 minutes before he finally died, as they did not take into account the condemned's weight when designing the gallows and the noose, only its height. Dooley opened a hidden compartment in his watch and offered Mueller a breath mint, claiming it was a Cyanide Pill that would grant him a painless death and would deny his enemies the satisfaction of watching him die. Mueller accepted Dooley's offer, and explained that there was no battle in Finow; once the German forces arrived, they found a massacre, with bodies piled high and ripped apart, and whoever was responsible for it was long gone. Dooley did not believe Mueller's story, but Mueller claimed he had no reason to lie, as he recognized he had killed men, women and even children, but nobody died by their hands at Finow. Seeing that he could not obtain more information from Mueller, he gave him the pill and left the cell.
Nazi Germany's surrender after 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.
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. A few days later, the HYDRA laboratory was infiltrated by Hank Pym, a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist who was 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 Howard Stark and Peggy Carter that Pym would be a great operative for S.H.I.E.L.D.
Fall of the Berlin Wall
Tony Stark came to Germany for a business meeting with the representatives of Gorani Insurance, a company which backed most of his foreign factories, in order to negotiate new rates for their insurance policies. While he was driving through the Autobahn, Stark encountered a road blockade. The police was searching for thieves who stole impressionist paintings worth over a hundred million dollars from the Maltese Museum, and they had to check all cars, including Stark's, finding a Repulsor Gauntlet for his new armor, and delaying him long enough to worry Pepper Potts on the other side of the phone. Stark next encountered a beautiful woman, helping her to change a flat tire on her car. Though he asked her for her phone number, she did not give it to him, instead prompting him to wait until fate brought them back together. Upon returning to his car, Stark came across the lair of thieves who stole the paintings, recognizing the red SUV described by the police. He got close to investigate, finding the paintings, but the thieves opened fired in order to make him flee. Though he was not carrying the whole armor, he had still had the Repulsor Gauntlet in his trunk, and he used it to attack and capture all the thieves. One hour later, Stark arrived at the meeting with the representatives of Gorani Insurance, where he once again encountered the woman he met on the highway, and discovered that she was Evetta Gorani, the vice president of the company. The president, Michael Gorani, congratulated Stark for the recovery of the paintings, which saved them over one hundred million dollars. In light of the events, Gorani assured that Stark would find the new rates for Stark Industries quite pleasing, while Stark was more worried about obtaining Evetta Gorani's phone number.
In 2012, Loki traveled to Stuttgart to find Heinrich Schafer, a scientist with access to a warehouse containing Iridium, an element Erik Selvig needed to stabilize the interdimensional portals created by the Tesseract. Loki attended a gala where Schafer went as a guest, and personally attacked him to create a diversion while Clint Barton raided the secure installation where Iridium was contained. Loki used a device to transport Schafer's eye to Barton's location, and opened the warehouse using the eye to pass a retina scanner. The other guests, frightened by the attack, came out to the streets, trying to escape from Loki, but he surrounded them with a series of illusions of himself. Loki demanded the crowd to kneel before him. A elderly man challenged him, telling him that there have always been men like him. Loki prepared to kill the man, but his attack was deflected by Steve Rogers, sent by S.H.I.E.L.D. after having located Loki at Stuttgart.
Rogers challenged Loki, supported by Natasha Romanoff in a Quinjet, who ordered Loki to surrender. Rogers fought Loki to allow the crowd to escape, but Loki proved to be superior to Rogers. Tony Stark then arrived and knocked Loki down with a single shot, threatening to fire with all his weapons if he dared to make a wrong move. Outnumbered, Loki allowed himself to be captured.
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers argued inside the Quinjet about Loki's capture, when a thunderstorm caught them by surprise. Thor then landed on the Quinjet. As Stark opened the cargo door of the Quinjet, Thor subdued Stark and Rogers and took Loki into his custody. Stark flew to chase them and Rogers took a parachute to follow.
Thor and Loki landed on a hill, where Thor told Loki that everyone believed him dead and had cried for his loss. Thor warned Loki that Earth was under his protection, but Loki sarcastically congratulated him, saying that he thought himself to be superior. However, Thor told Loki that he did not understand ruling, but Loki stated that he had seen other worlds, having watched the true power of the Tesseract. Thor plead with Loki to come home together, but Loki told him he didn't know where the Tesseract was. Before Thor could threaten Loki, Stark arrived and knocked him off the hill.
Battle in the Black Forest
Thor threatened Tony Stark and started fighting him, while Loki watched amused. It was only until Steve Rogers' intervention which made them stop. Rogers tried to persuade Thor into dropping Mjolnir to demonstrate his intentions of helping thwart Loki, but angered, Thor attacked Rogers. Rogers' shield absorbed the attack, but created a strong shockwave that knocked Thor to the ground. Realizing the destruction that had been caused to the forest, Thor stopped fighting and returned with Rogers and Stark to the Quinjet.
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 was able to kill at least three agents with the Clairvoyant's guidance, killing an agent in Berlin.
HYDRA's leader Wolfgang von Strucker had a secret vault buried in the town of Zepkow. The vault contained numerous mysterious artifacts, including a piece of the Monolith that was used by the Inhumans to banish HYDRA's ancient Inhuman leader to the planet Maveth thousands of years ago. Six months after Strucker's death, Gideon Malick entered the vault, followed by Grant Ward. Though Ward wanted to kill him, Malick showed him Strucker's piece of the Monolith and told him the legend of HYDRA's origin and its true purpose. They eventually agreed to join forces so they could destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. and finish Project Distant Star Return.
Steel Serpent's Sales
In 2016, the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre apprehended Bucky Barnes, as well as Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, and T'Challa, and brought them to the headquarters in Berlin. In the building, Barnes was incarcerated inside a containment cell while Rogers, Wilson, and T'Challa met with Everett Ross and Sharon Carter who informed them that they had to stay there and were not allowed to leave. The Centre also confiscated Rogers' shield, his uniform, and Wilson's EXO-7 Falcon.
In order to determine the mental condition of Barnes, the Centre hired Theo Broussard to interrogate him. During the interrogation by Helmut Zemo who pretended to be Broussard, a power outage caused a blackout of the Centre and Barnes freed himself. Zemo then used Winter Soldier Book and forced Barnes to tell him everything about his service to HYDRA, especially the mission in 1991 and the squad of Winter Soldiers.
While Zemo left the facility, Barnes attacked Wilson and Rogers, before escaping. Tony Stark, Natasha Romanoff, Carter, and T'Challa tried to stop him, only to fail. Eventually, Rogers stopped Barnes and went into hiding with him and Wilson. After the escape, the Centre sent helicopters to search for the fugitives.
Peter Parker's Arrival
In the hotel room, he shared a neighboring room with Hogan. This caused Hogan to become irritated at times as the walls were thin and he could hear when Parker got too loud.
However, Tony Stark evacuated the airport, alerting Rogers and his team to Stark's presence. Rogers jogged out onto the runway towards the helicopter, which was then quickly disabled by Stark as he, James Rhodes, T'Challa, and Natasha Romanoff approached Rogers. Rogers attempted to convince them that Barnes was innocent, however, Stark grew impatient and ordered Peter Parker to web Rogers' hands and steal his shield.
Wilson soon located the Quinjet that Stark had used and informed Rogers, who then gave the signal to Barton. Barton fired an arrow at the webbing, freeing Rogers as Lang revealed himself to be hiding on the shield and managed to take Parker by surprise, hitting him and retaking the shield. Stark turned around to the source of the arrow, locating Barton and Maximoff via scan as Rhodes announced Wilson and Barnes' position.
A battle between the two factions of the Avengers had began. Rogers' team realized that this wasn't the real fight and that he needed to be in Siberia for the real one. Barton chimed in, telling Rogers that if they want to win, some of them would have to lose. Using a diversion made by Lang as Giant-Man, Rogers and Barnes rushed to the Quinjet before they were halted by Romanoff who decided to help him by betraying her side. She used her Taser Disk to stop T'Challa while Rogers and Barnes hopped inside the Quinjet.
Piloting the Quinjet, Rogers left the hanger entrance before leaving, despite T'Challa's best efforts to stop him. Rhodes and Stark began following the Quinjet, with Wilson not far behind. Wilson began peppering Rhodes with missiles and he responded by requesting Vision to disable Wilson's thrusters so he would be forced to safely glide down to the ground.
Vision fired a beam at Wilson who quickly dodged it and it disabled Rhodes' armor instead, destroying the Arc Reactor. Unable to control his armor, Rhodes began to plummet to the ground. Both Wilson and Stark flew down in an effort to save Rhodes, but he slammed into the ground. F.R.I.D.A.Y. informed Stark that Rhodes was still alive and a medical team was on way. Wilson landed and told Stark that he was sorry, but Stark blasted him. While Rhodes was taken away for treatment, Wilson, Barton, Maximoff, and Lang were arrested by Thaddeus Ross and taken out of Germany.
Peter Parker's Departure
Peter Parker returned to the hotel in Berlin and filmed himself talking excitedly about the recent fight. However, he became too loud and Happy Hogan walked in from his neighboring room to tell Parker that the walls were thin. The next morning, Hogan and Parker were met by Tony Stark at his private jet and together, they left Germany.
Helmut Zemo's Imprisonment
Flag Smasher Campaign
In 2024, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes went with Joaquin Torres in a U.S. Air Force aircraft to Munich. After they arrived, Torres gave Wilson the signal to jump and when it was Barnes' turn, he jumped out without any gear.
Wilson and Barnes tracked the Flag Smashers in an abandoned warehouse and went after them, after they escaped in eighteen wheeler trucks. Barnes opened the door to one of the trucks only to be tricked by the leader of the group, Karli Morgenthau, and was kicked out. Morgenthau then destroyed Redwing and fought against Wilson and Barnes, until John Walker and Lemar Hoskins arrived to assist. After Barnes fell off the truck, Wilson flew in and picked him up, tumbling into a nearby field. Walker and Hoskins were soon defeated and the Flag Smashers escaped.
Wilson and Barnes walked on the road towards the nearest airfield, but were invited to ride with Walker and Hoskins. After initially refusing, they hopped onto the vehicle and rode with them until Walker made light of their relationship with the former Captain America and they walked the rest of the way.
Barnes and Wilson traveled to Berlin to the Berlin Correctional Facility the facility that Helmut Zemo had been moved too. Barnes went inside Zemo's cell and told him about the Flag Smashers and the Super Soldier Serum, before orchestrating a prison riot allowing for Zemo's escape. They met in a nearby building and Barnes told Wilson that they needed Zemo in order to help them. They then went to Zemo's garage, where Zemo collected his belongings, and to Zemo's private jet, meeting Zemo's butler Oeznik, before entering the jet.
Meanwhile, Walker and Hoskins went back to Munich and interrogated Rudy, a Flag Smasher ally, at his café. Not receiving any information, they went to Berlin to the Berlin Correctional Facility and found out that Zemo had escaped.
"Nick Fury" in Europol
In the summer of 2024, Peter Parker, in the Stealth Suit, went to Berlin to meet with "Nick Fury". After arriving to the meeting place, Parker was trapped in illusions. After leading Parker onto a railway, Quentin Beck revealed himself and watched as a train plowed into Parker.
|Appearances for Germany|
In chronological order:
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.08: The Things We Bury
- Captain America: First Vengeance
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 7.02: Know Your Onions
- Agent Carter: 1.08: Valediction
- Agent Carter: 1.04: The Blitzkrieg Button
- Agent Carter: 1.05: The Iron Ceiling
- Daily Mail - The hater of Britain now rules
- A short footage of the signing ceremony appears in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Ant-Man Prelude
- Sometimes the Marvel Cinematic Universe alludes to events which happened in our world, and it is assumed they happened on the same dates in the universe.
- Iron Man 2: Fist of Iron
- The Avengers
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.14: T.A.H.I.T.I.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.08: Many Heads, One Tale
- Iron Fist: 1.07: Felling Tree with Roots
- Captain America: Civil War
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: 1.02: The Star-Spangled Man
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: 1.03: Power Broker
- Spider-Man: Far From Home