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 Wolfgang von 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.
List joined S.H.I.E.L.D. and eventually became a member of its science department, secretly being a HYDRA member. Eventually, he became the leader of Wolfgang von Strucker's science division and his personal representative at the meetings of HYDRA's leadership.
Obtaining Loki's Scepter
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. Mark Smith and Mark Basso then brought the Scepter to Sokovia so List could continue his study.
Working in Sokovia
Wolfgang von 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.
- "What about the volunteers?"
"The dead will be buried so deep their ghosts won't be able to find them."
- ―List and Wolfgang von Strucker
Two years after obtaining the Scepter from STRIKE, List was performing his own experiments with it. Though almost all of his human lab rats had died during the experiments, the Maximoff twins did manage to survive, each gaining extraordinary abilities. After the destruction of Project Insight and the exposure of HYDRA's infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D., List became paranoid over the possibility of their work being discovered, but Strucker assured him their work would continue.
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.
Round Table Discussion
Representing Wolfgang von 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.
- "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
That evening, List received a phone call from Octavian Bloom, who had been in contact with Sunil Bakshi, who early that day had almost been assassinated. List assured him that he nor Wolfgang von 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.
Hunt for the Enhanced
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.
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.
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 Wolfgang von 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 Baron von Strucker with an army of new Deathlok Soldiers to fight against the Avengers.
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.
- "I doubt they'll survive."
"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."
- ―Sunil Bakshi and List
List took the pair into the Arctic HYDRA Research Facility before he contacted Wolfgang von 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 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.
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.
Not long after List returned to the HYDRA Research Base in Sokovia, the base was attacked by the Avengers who had been given HYDRA's secret location by Phil Coulson and were searching now for both the Scepter and Wolfgang von 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 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 escape, Iron Man flew into the base and found List attempting to retrieve all his paperwork. Stark shot List with a repulsor blast, killing him. All of List's paperwork 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.
HYDRA Power Struggle
Following List's death, Wolfgang von Strucker was taken into custody by the Avengers but killed shortly afterwards by Ultron. 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.
- "Our world is much more complicated now, after the tragic death of Doctor Whitehall and the ensuing bloodbath that it caused. Tell me, Mr. Bakshi, exactly how did you manage to escape unscathed?"
"What are you implying, Doctor?"
"Well most of HYDRA's leaders were wiped out in one fell swoop, but not you. I was just curious if you might know anyone involved..."
- ―List and Sunil Bakshi
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 Wolfgang von 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.
- Master Scientist: List is one of HYDRA's high-ranking scientists, working directly under Wolfgang von 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.
- Arctic HYDRA Research Facility: List commanded the facility and operated the experiments, such as the genetic power contained with Lincoln Campbell's DNA. While discovering other types of experiments, List discovered S.H.I.E.L.D. was approaching on the radar and ordered his team to attack the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents before escaping.
- HYDRA Research Base: List had been assigned to work here under the orders of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, his superior. On the base, List studied Loki's Scepter and experimented its power with many test subjects, including Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, his most promising. However, the research base ended up becoming List's death place when the Avengers attacked the base during the War on HYDRA: while trying to retrieve his paperwork, Iron Man fatally blasted him.
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Behind the Scenes
- Henry Goodman was uncredited for his appearance in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode Aftershocks, he was mistakenly credited as "Dr. Levy."
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude - This Scepter'd Isle
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.11: Aftershocks
- ↑ Avengers: Endgame
- ↑ Captain America: The Winter Soldier Mid-credits Scene
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.18: The Frenemy of My Enemy
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.19: The Dirty Half Dozen
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Avengers: Age of Ultron
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.22: S.O.S. Part Two