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"It's a crushing disappointment, really. No one has made it past this stage of our experiments with alien enhancements. Well, no one other than the twins, of course. Von Strucker has them in Sokovia. It would be so nice if they were not our only viable subjects."
―List to Sunil Bakshi[src]

Doctor List was a scientist and one of the prime figureheads of HYDRA. Originally working for S.H.I.E.L.D., he broke ties with that organization around the time of the Battle at the Triskelion. As the right-hand man of Baron Strucker, he led HYDRA's experiments with Loki's Scepter and on the enhanced people. In the aftermath of Daniel Whitehall's untimely death, List's actions inadvertently led to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s discovery of the exact position of Strucker's Sokovian base. List was killed by Iron Man when the Avengers, alerted by S.H.I.E.L.D., attacked Strucker's base.


Double Agent


List joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and eventually became a member of its science department,[2] secretly being a HYDRA member. Eventually, he became the leader of Baron Strucker's science division and his personal representative at the meetings of HYDRA's leadership.[3]

Obtaining Loki's Scepter

"Evidence secure. We're en route to Dr. List."
Jasper Sitwell to Alexander Pierce[src]

Following the Battle of New York, Alexander Pierce had Jasper Sitwell and Brock Rumlow along with his STRIKE unit go to the Stark Tower after Loki was apprehended by the Avengers to retrieve the Scepter so List could study it. Rumlow and Sitwell were given the Scepter by Black Widow so they could take it back to S.H.I.E.L.D. Sitwell then informed Pierce that they had the Scepter and were on a route towards List.[4] However, the Scepter was taken to the S.H.I.E.L.D. S.T.A.T.I.O.N., until Mark Smith and Mark Basso finally brought it to Sokovia so List could continue his study.[2]

Working in Sokovia

"How fast can you get to work, Dr. List?"
"Immediately, Herr Strucker."
Baron Strucker and List[src]

Baron Strucker had List stationed at the research facility in Sokovia during its civil protests to wait for the arrival of the Scepter. When it arrived, List used the scepter to activate Chitauri Guns for usage. Ultimately, he was asked to learn how that energy interacted with human beings. List approached the protesters in Sokovia's streets and convinced them to receive power equal to the Avengers. He told the protesters that if they consented, he would make sure they could end the constant revolutions. Among those who volunteered were the twins Wanda and Pietro Maximoff; they were particularly fascinating to List because he wanted to document how their relationship affected the possibility of their gaining power.[2]

Uprising Aftermath

List speaks to Baron Strucker

"It's over. Fury has released everything to the public."
"Everything he knows about."
"Herr Strucker, if they get word of our work here, if they find out we serve HYDRA..."
―List and Baron Strucker[src]

List was performing his own experiments with Loki's Scepter. Though almost all of his human subjects had died during the experiments, the Maximoff twins managed to survive, each gaining extraordinary abilities. After the destruction of Project Insight and exposure of HYDRA's infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D., List became paranoid over the possibility of their work being discovered, but Baron Strucker assured him their work would continue.

List and Strucker discuss the Maximoff Twins

Strucker assured List that HYDRA would distract Captain America and the Avengers with their other facilities while they continued their own work. List asked what to do with the deceased volunteers and Strucker ordered them to be buried deep where they would never be discovered. List and Strucker then discussed what was to be done with Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. Strucker stated the Avengers would meet them and be horrified in this new age of miracles.[5]

Fighting S.H.I.E.L.D.

Round Table Discussion

List at a meeting with the Heads of HYDRA

"Von Strucker would like this mistake to stop happening, so I'm going to make it simple – S.H.I.E.L.D. will take this victory as a chance to move against us. Come aboveground. Whomever can remove S.H.I.E.L.D. from the landscape permanently will win Whitehall's position. Does that sound fair?"

Representing Baron Strucker, List went to a meeting with the leadership of HYDRA to decide who would replace Daniel Whitehall as the American commander following his untimely demise. Included in the discussion were the Baroness, the Sheikh, the Banker and Octavian Bloom. List told the others that the person who destroyed S.H.I.E.L.D. would replace Whitehall. In the meantime, he would take a look at Whitehall's research of arcane artifacts to see if there was anything useful within it for HYDRA's future experiments.[3]

Assassination of HYDRA Leaders

List talks to Octavian Bloom and Sunil Bakshi

"We can't have in-fighting at a time of transition."
"We agree, and we promise to smooth this over as best as we can."
―List and Octavian Bloom[src]

That evening, List received a phone call from Octavian Bloom, who had been in contact with Sunil Bakshi, who earlier that day had nearly been assassinated. List assured him that he nor Baron Strucker had placed a kill-order on him or Bakshi, making Bloom turn against the other three members of HYDRA's council and have them executed. However, as it soon turned out, the whole story about the power struggle within HYDRA's ranks was concocted by S.H.I.E.L.D. to trick HYDRA into destroying their own members in one devastating blow.[3]

Hunt for the Enhanced

List studies the corpse of Ethan Johnston

"We have found incidents of photon intensity so great that particles can exist simultaneously in two spaces over great distances."
"But for something to be in two places concurrently..."
"No, no, no. This is a Quantum Entanglement bridge. We think it was created by a powered person, one we intend to capture."
―List and Sunil Bakshi[src]

When HYDRA successfully captured a powered being called Ethan Johnston, who had been teleported by the eyeless man they were hunting, List took control of the experiments, leading to Johnston's eventual death after hours of surgery and torture. List was frustrated that they had been unsuccessful in finding Quantum Entanglements within Johnston's DNA, ordering Paula to then take Johnston's corpse away.

List greets Sunil Bakshi before their meeting

When Sunil Bakshi called for a meeting with List, he arrived along with a bodyguard known as Deathlok. List asked Bakshi how he had escaped after Daniel Whitehall had been killed, which in turn had led to the deaths of the other heads of HYDRA, which included Octavian Bloom, during a recent S.H.I.E.L.D. raid, suggesting that Bakshi was responsible for their assassinations. Bakshi told him that he was not responsible, noting that List himself was a more likely culprit, and then that revealed he had been held captive by the United States Armed Forces, but lied, saying that he was rescued by Deathlok.

List discusses Deathlok with Sunil Bakshi

Turning his attention towards Deathlok, Bakshi reminded List of how HYDRA had funded John Garrett and Project Deathlok to transform Peterson into the ultimate killing machine. Bakshi then offered to trade Deathlok for a chance to work at Baron Strucker's base in Sokovia, calling it a sign of good faith between them. List happily accepted as he was excited by the concept of experimenting on Deathlok's artificial enhancements so he could be replicated and provide himself and Strucker with an army of new Deathlok Soldiers to fight against the Avengers.

List explains his theories about the Inhumans

Having found himself confident in trusting Bakshi again, List began to explain to Bakshi his theories on the enhanced individuals based on his experiments and how to track them, the teleporter was located by his tracking devices. List ordered Deathlok and Bakshi to his location in order to find anybody connected with him and bring them back for experimentation. After a short battle involving several enhanced individuals including Calvin Zabo, the team were able to capture both Lincoln Campbell and Deathlok, although the teleporter managed to escape during the ensuing chaos.[1]

Attack on the Arctic Facility

List and Sunil Bakshi discuss the experiments

"Strucker's most pleased with our progress. And he's very anxious to see the subjects with his own eyes."
―List to Sunil Bakshi[src]

List took the pair into the Arctic HYDRA Research Facility before he contacted Baron Strucker to update him on their new situation. List and Sunil Bakshi discussed their upcoming experiments, with Bakshi noting that while Deathlok's enhancements had been created by man, the power of Lincoln Campbell was genetic and within his DNA. When Bakshi repeated Daniel Whitehall's motto of discovery requires experimentation, both List and Bakshi claimed that they greatly missed Whitehall.

List works on Deathlok and Lincoln Campbell

List began the experiments on the pair, removing Deathlok's own eyeball and cybernetic leg while cutting into Campbell's skin to extract samples of his DNA. Seeing the poor state the pair ended up in after just their first round of experimentation, Bakshi noted that he assumed the pair would not survive; As their conversation continued, List casually mentioned that von Strucker was keeping Pietro and Wanda Maximoff within Sokovia. List complained about how he wished the Maximoff twins were not their only subjects to survive the experiments with the Scepter and alien enhancements.

List orders the S.H.I.E.L.D. ship be destroyed

Their conversation was eventually interrupted when a HYDRA guard informed List that they had discovered S.H.I.E.L.D. was approaching on the radar in the Bus, and List ordered them to be shot from the sky. The S.H.I.E.L.D. agents had survived the explosion and attacked the base. Shortly afterwards, List's team came under fire but List managed to escape. S.H.I.E.L.D. was then able to free Deathlok and Campbell before destroying the base. List flew back to Sokovia to regroup with von Strucker and continue their own experiments, focusing their work on the Maximoff twins.[6]

Attack on the HYDRA Research Base

List and Baron Strucker within their base

"Let's show them what we have accomplished. Send out the twins."
"It’s too soon."
"It’s what they signed up for."
―List and Baron Strucker[src]

Not long after List returned to the HYDRA Research Base in Sokovia, the base was attacked by the Avengers[7] who had been given HYDRA's secret location by Phil Coulson[6] and were searching now for both the Scepter and Baron Strucker. As the Avengers easily overpowered their HYDRA soldiers despite their advanced technology, Strucker and List realized that if the Avengers win the battle, their entire work could easily turn to dust.

List attempting to delete all of HYDRA's files

List told von Strucker to send out Pietro and Wanda Maximoff against the Avengers, but he insisted that they were not ready yet, though List noticed that they had attacked anyway. When the base's shields were destroyed, von Strucker ordered his men to continue fighting before telling List he would surrender. As List went to retrieve his data and eascape, he was found by Iron Man who flew into the base and killed List with a repulsor blast. All of List's research data was then hacked by J.A.R.V.I.S., who uploaded it into its system to send copies to Maria Hill under Iron Man's orders.[7]


HYDRA Power Struggle

"Whitehall, Strucker, List. The leadership is gone, man. Usually a head grows back, but not this time. The organization... disintegrated."
Kebo to Grant Ward[src]

Following List's death, Baron Strucker was taken into custody by the Avengers but killed shortly afterwards by Ultron.[7] As a result of List's and Strucker's deaths, HYDRA was left fractured and weak until Grant Ward started a campaign to reunify HYDRA after Kebo informed him about the deaths of List, Strucker and Daniel Whitehall.[8]


"Take the cadaver to the lab. Compare him to the other samples."
―List to Paula[src]

Like most of HYDRA's leaders and scientists, List was completely devoid of morality and ethics, with no problems with performing experiments on human beings with Loki's Scepter, without concern if they died or not, as long as he accomplished with the experiment what he wanted. As such, he had Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, his most promising test subjects, in high esteem, assuring Baron Strucker that the Twins would be able to defeat the Avengers.

Uncaring for the life of others, List agreed with the deaths of most of his fellow HYDRA heads when he, Sunil Bakshi and Octavian Bloom were led to believe that there was a power struggle within HYDRA's ranks, not wanting to wait to find out who among the suspected figureheads was actually guilty and who not. However, when it was about his own life, List truly cared: when Project Insight was failed and HYDRA's infiltration onto S.H.I.E.L.D. was exposed, List became extremely paranoid at the possibility of getting discovered.


  • Genius-Level Intellect: List has one of the smartest minds in HYDRA. Primarily used for research and science, List and Baron Strucker were tasked with experimenting on volunteers to create super powered weapons.
"I intend to find out if Whitehall's obsession with arcane artifacts was fruitless or if, indeed, it did produce something that we at HYDRA can use for our future."
  • Master Scientist: List was one of HYDRA's high-ranking scientists, working directly under Baron Strucker. List was able to make advancements in the weaponry of HYDRA through research he did on the Scepter and, when asked by von Strucker, was successful in doing human trials which ignited superpowers in Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. List decided to continue Daniel Whitehall's research into the Diviner for creating weapons of mass destruction. He was able to create instruments that could track Gordon and did experiments on Mike Peterson and Lincoln Campbell.
  • Bilingualism: List was fluent in his native German, as well as English.






Appearances for List

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