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"I was a god. I did what no other scientist since Erskine was able to do. But mine was going to be different."
―Wilfred Nagel[src]

Doctor Wilfred Nagel was a scientist who had recreated the Super Soldier Serum after being recruited by HYDRA and the CIA. Nagel was confronted by Falcon and Winter Soldier while continuing his work, before being shot and killed by Baron Zemo to prevent more of the serum from being reproduced.

Biography

Working for HYDRA

"I was brought into HYDRA's Winter Soldier Program to pick up their work after the five failed test subjects in Siberia. When HYDRA fell, I was recruited by the CIA."
―Wilfred Nagel[src]

Dr. Wilfred Nagel was recruited by HYDRA to join the Winter Soldier Program and recreate the Super Soldier Serum[1] after they deemed the version they acquired from Howard Stark[3] as a failure. For an unspecified number of years, Nagel worked on the serum under HYDRA's orders. However, HYDRA disbanded before Nagel could finish his work.[1]

Recreating the Serum

"Before I was able to complete my work, I turned to dust. Then when I returned, it was five years later, program had been abandoned, so I came here. The Power Broker was more than happy to fund the recreation of my work."
―Wilfred Nagel[src]

After HYDRA was disbanded, Nagel was recruited by the CIA to continue his work on recreating the Super Soldier Serum. Nagel was able to make significant strides in his endeavors, as the CIA possessed the blood samples of a super soldier named Isaiah Bradley. By 2018, Nagel managed to isolate the trace elements of serum in Bradley's blood to recreate the original serum, but modified it so that its users did not undergo any physical changes.

However, before he could synthesize his work, he was turned to dust as a result of Thanos' Snap. Five years later, he was restored to life in the Blip, only to find out that the CIA had terminated their super soldier program. Nagel then fled to Madripoor, where the Power Broker provided him with the resources to synthesize the serum. By 2024, Nagel successfully created twenty vials of the serum, although they were stolen by Karli Morgenthau and the Flag Smashers. When Morgenthau's friend Donya Madani fell ill to tuberculosis, Morgenthau reached out to Nagel for help, but he refused.[1]

Found and Executed

Nagel being questioned by Sam Wilson

"You seem like a pretty smart guy. So you better become conversational real quick."
"How about a counter proposal? Make me a better offer and I’ll talk."
Sam Wilson and Wilfred Nagel[src]

Nagel was working in his hidden laboratory in the docks in Madripoor listening to music when he was found by Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and Helmut Zemo. Initially reluctant to speak, he was threatened at gunpoint by Barnes, intimidating Nagel enough to comply. He informed them of his history of working with HYDRA and the CIA.

Nagel exposits information about his serum

He compared his work to the likes of Abraham Erskine, explaining how he used blood samples from an American super soldier and isolated trace elements of the serum to create a modernized, subtle and nuanced variation. Nagel further revealed his employment with the Power Broker, where his funding was sourced after the Blip. Nagel revealed that he was able to produce twenty vials of the serum, which were subsequently stolen from him by Karli Morgenthau and the Flag Smashers.

Nagel gets shot and killed by Helmut Zemo

Nagel revealed that he got a call from Morgenthau asking to help a woman named Donya Madani, but explained that he refused to help her. When Sharon Carter came inside to warn them about incoming bounty hunters from Low Town descending upon them, Zemo shot Nagel in the chest to prevent more of the serum being produced, killing him. His lab was subsequently destroyed by a rocket launcher, erasing the rest of Nagel's work.[1]

Personality

"She called and asked if I could help someone named Donya Madani. Poor woman has tuberculosis. Typical of overpopulation in displacement camps like that."
"Well, what happened to her?"
"Not my pig. Not my farm."
―Wilfred Nagel and Sam Wilson[src]

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Abilities

"They had blood samples from an American test subject with semi-stable traces of serum in his system. After much labor, I was able to isolate the necessary compounds in his blood."
―Wilfred Nagel[src]
  • Master Scientist: Nagel was an extraordinarily talented scientist, who was able to recreate the Super Soldier Serum through trace elements found in Isaiah Bradley's blood. Unlike most other attempts to replicate Abraham Erskine's serum, Nagel was able to perfect it so that its user did not suffer from any side effects, while also modifying the concoction so that its user gained superhuman abilities without undergoing changes to their physicality.

Equipment

Weapons

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  • Handgun: To be added

Other Equipment

"No clunky machines or jacked up bodies. Mine was going to be subtle, optimized, perfect."
―Wilfred Nagel[src]
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Facilities

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Relationships

Allies

Enemies

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

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