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"Aldrich Killian. We actually met the guy back in... where were we in '99? The science conference?"
"Um... Switzerland."
Happy Hogan and Tony Stark[src]

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country located in Central Europe.


Birth of Arnim Zola

"Correction: I am Swiss."
Arnim Zola[src]

Switzerland is the birthplace of Arnim Zola, who went on to become one of the most prominent scientist working for the Third Reich, HYDRA and later S.H.I.E.L.D.[1]

As he was a prominent figure in Nazi Germany during World War II, many people, including Steve Rogers wrongly attributed Zola's citizenship as German.[2]

Engineering Conference

An international Engineering Conference was held in Geneva on May 5, 1934. Howard Stark and Abraham Erskine met during the Conference, and would not meet again until Stark took part in a mission to rescue Erskine in Germany as a member of the Strategic Scientific Reserve.[3]

Escape of Abraham Erskine

On September 14, 1939, Doctor Abraham Erskine, his wife Greta, and their sons Klaus and Marlene, boarded a train heading to Geneva in hopes of avoiding a group of anti-semitic laws known as Nuremberg Laws that Adolf Hitler would approve the following day in Nuremberg.

They could not arrive, as Johann Schmidt intercepted the train at the German/Swiss border, as he wanted to coerce Erskine into turning his research to them. Erskine ended up as prisoner in Castle Kaufmann, while his family was sent to a concentration camp in Dachau.[3]

World War II


During World War II, the Nazi deep science division HYDRA had two bases in Switzerland.[4]

Night Fondue

"Agent Carter, if we're not in too much of a hurry, I thought we could stop off in Lucerne for a late night fondue."
Howard Stark to Peggy Carter[src]

In 1943, Steve Rogers, hearing about the events in Azzano and the imprisonment of the soldiers that battled HYDRA, decided to rescue the prisoners alone. Agent Peggy Carter of the Strategic Scientific Reserve supported his decision and offered to fly him from Italy to Austria in a plane piloted by Howard Stark.

While on the plane, Stark offered Carter to stop at Lucerne for a late night fondue, an offer Rogers wrongly guessed was some kind of sexual proposition.[1]

Science Conference

Bern, Switzerland. 1999

"It started in Bern, Switzerland. 1999. The old days. I never thought they'd come back to bite me. Why would they?"
Tony Stark to Bruce Banner[src]

On December 31, 1999, Tony Stark was invited to Bern in order to give a lecture on integrated circuits as the head speaker at the Bern 2000. Stark was able to give his lecture despite being heavily drunk, later defined as being both edifying and unintelligible, depending on the asked person. Having finished the lectures, Stark returned to the ensuing party where he flirted with Maya Hansen while his bodyguard, Happy Hogan, tried to keep people from approaching Stark. Ho Yinsen and the Bern 2000's guest in Bern, Doctor Wu, briefly greeted Stark before leaving, and were both mocked due to his drunken state.

Aldrich Killian first encounters Tony Stark

Stark and Hansen were approached by Aldrich Killian, founder of a privately-funded think tank called Advanced Idea Mechanics, or A.I.M., and great admirer of their work. Killian snuck into their elevator while pitching A.I.M., offering to recruit both Hansen and particularly Stark. To get away from Killian, Stark lied to him and told Killian to wait on the roof of the building for them to talk. As celebrations for the New Year started, Killian realizing Stark had left him on the roof alone, and considered suicide. However, believing that no one knew he was even there made Killian realize that anonymity was the rule he would follow to achieve his goals.

Tony Stark working with Maya Hansen

Meanwhile, Stark reviewed Hansen's Extremis project in her hotel room, with Hogan accidentally triggering one of Hansen's test plant's Extremis-induced regeneration by breaking one of its branches. Stark and Hansen entered her bedroom and continued discussing her research while flirting with each other. At that moment, the guests gathered in the building started shouting to celebrate the New Year that arrived.

The morning after their one-night-stand, Stark immediately left Hansen behind in Switzerland without saying goodbye, just leaving her a note while she was working.[5]

Lloyd Rathman's Accounts

Lloyd Rathman, Senior Partner and director of wealth management for Kester, Dyer and Rathman LLP, settled a private corporate bank account in the International Bank of Geneva.

Skye used Rathman's private corporate I.D. in the bank to investigate international criminal T. Vanchat's financials, in order to track the Centipede Project as they kidnapped Phil Coulson.[6]

S.H.I.E.L.D. Trauma Zentrum

S.H.I.E.L.D. Trauma Zentrum

"You're saying there's nothing to be done?"
"I'm saying you need to call her family and get them here as soon as possible."
Phil Coulson and Jazuat[src]

Skye was taken to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Trauma Zentrum in Zürich inside a Hyperbaric Chamber, arriving two hours after she was shot twice in the stomach at close range by Ian Quinn. Jemma Simmons informed Doctor Jazuat of Skye's status and what was done to stabilize her. Jazuat and her team began to operate on Skye immediately to attempt to save her life.

Meanwhile, Phil Coulson tried to contact Nick Fury to learn more about the procedures used to resurrect him, in order to apply them on Skye and save her life, but Fury was nowhere to be found.

The rest of his his team blamed themselves on Skye's status, as Leo Fitz thought she should not have let her try to apprehend Quinn by herself, and Grant Ward saying that his responsibility as Skye's Supervising Officer was to protect her. However, Melinda May dismissed their thoughts, saying that the only one to blame was Quinn, the man who shot her.

Doctor Jazuat let Coulson and the rest of his team know that despite the best efforts of the surgeons who operated on her, the shots caused a great damage to Skye's internal organs, and she was being kept on life support. Jazuat told Coulson he should decide how long was she going to be kept in that situation, and advised him to call her family and made them travel to Switzerland as soon as possible. As Coulson and the team were Skye's only family, Jazuat told them she was very sorry for the whole situation.

May could not hold back and returned to the Bus to beat Ian Quinn for almost killing Skye, but Coulson decided to travel to Bethesda in order to put Skye through the same procedures used to resurrect him, transporting Skye into the Bus inside a Medical Pod.[7]

Robbery of Gasel Bank

The Flag Smashers rob Gasel Bank

In 2024, the Flag Smashers robbed Gasel Bank in Switzerland. USAF member Joaquin Torres arrived and tried to stop one of the Flag Smashers named Dovich, but was knocked out.

Joaquin Torres with Swiss medical units

After the attack, Swiss medical units arrived to help injured civilians, including Torres.[8]



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