Joseph Bauer was the leader of the Momentum Labs private think tank and the husband of Doctor Lucy Bauer. When he and his wife discovered the Darkhold, they experimented with the book with eventually led to an explosion that seemingly killed his wife and the other scientists. Bauer was attacked by Eli Morrow who blamed him for the deaths, putting him into a coma. Eventually Bauer was awoken by his wife, who had become a ghostly figure seeking the book, who infected him with fear which eventually killed him.
Using the Book of Sins
Years ago, Lucy and Joseph Bauer found the Darkhold buried in the basement of an abandoned house, the family home of the person who had killed the book's previous owner. They excitedly opened the book, only to see that the pages were all blank. When words began to appear on the pages, they soon realized they were each seeing the words in their first language - Lucy in English and Joseph in German - as if the book was reading them.
Together, they worked on a machine that defied the laws of physics. The machine blew up, "killing" everyone except for Eli Morrow and Joseph, whom Morrow put into a coma because he blamed him for what happened.
Reunion with Lucy and Death
Lucy eventually found Joseph in his hospital bed. She stuck her fingers into his head to wake him from his coma, demanding to know where the book was.
Joseph's encounter with the ghost of his wife left him in the same paranoid condition as Melinda May and Chen. Before he died, Joseph told Phil Coulson that he had buried the book in the same place he found it and that it was too late for them to get it before Lucy.
- Multilingualism: Bauer could speak German and English very fluently.
- Lucy Bauer † - Wife and Killer
- Momentum Labs
- Fifth Street Locos - Employees
- Eli Morrow - Former Colleague turned Attempted Killer