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"It's not a world of spies anymore, not even a world of heroes. This is the age of miracles, Doctor. There is nothing more horrifying... than a miracle."
―Wolfgang von Strucker to List[src]

Baron Wolfgang von Strucker was one of the leaders of HYDRA, and one of the last in Europe during the War on HYDRA. He trained alongside Hale and Jasper Sitwell at the HYDRA Preparatory Academy, passing his tests and becoming a personal student of Daniel Whitehall and later played an important part in overseeing the beginning of the Project Destroyer of Worlds, which in turn led to the creation of the new soldiers for HYDRA including the Absorbing Man. Having become a sleeper agent within S.H.I.E.L.D., von Strucker recruited for HYDRA's cause those who became unsatisfied with the way the agency was led, while also raising his son Werner von Strucker whom he deemed to be a disappointment to their cause and not a suitable leader.

In the aftermath of the Battle of New York, von Strucker's HYDRA cell secretly took possession of the Scepter which was confiscated by STRIKE thanks to the help of Alexander Pierce. Over the next two years, von Strucker and List used the Scepter's powers to experiment on many human volunteers in HYDRA Research Base, aiming to create an army of enhanced people who would serve HYDRA. Around the time of the Battle at the Triskelion, von Strucker deserted S.H.I.E.L.D., but as the continuing conflict raged, he eventually became one of the last few surviving heads of HYDRA. His base of operations was discovered and attacked by the Avengers, leading to his capture and apprehension, before he was killed in his cell by Ultron. His death reduced HYDRA to just a few disorganized cells, with each one being led differently by its respective leaders, who disputed about HYDRA's future.


Early Life

HYDRA Preparatory Academy

"Imagine a man with the density of lead, with the volatility of cesium. The possibilities are endless. Can someone name another substance suitable for infusion? Yes, Mr. von Strucker."
"Why not use Red Skull's Tesseract? It's the greatest power source we've ever had."
"Intriguing. Looking to our past for inspiration."
Daniel Whitehall and Wolfgang von Strucker[src]

Strucker as a student at the HYDRA Academy

Wolfgang von Strucker was born in a family of German barons which had a large influence in HYDRA. He attended the HYDRA Preparatory Academy and gained popularity among students due to his family name. As he was approaching graduation he attended a guest lecture on his last day given by one of the current HYDRA heads, Daniel Whitehall.

He listened as Whitehall introduced the Particle Infusion Chamber to the class, intended to be used to create their own super soldier stronger than Captain America and asked for a suggestion. Von Strucker suggested using the Tesseract which was used by Red Skull which Whitehall acknowledged. But his idea was criticized by Hale as it would blow their cover within S.H.I.E.L.D. and suggested using elements from the outer space which Whitehall appreciated for her forward thinking.

This made von Strucker jealous. Next day in the gym, von Strucker had his friends play a prank on Hale for revenge. It agitated Hale to the point where she attacked von Strucker and was in turn badly assaulted by his friends. Von Strucker graduated and was assigned to work on the Particle Infusion Chamber.[3]

Head of HYDRA

Secret Life

"My father, so rarely, let me see any of his world."
Werner von Strucker[src]

Von Strucker kept his professional life, as a member of HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D., separated from his personal life and his son Werner. Though he made sure that Werner was very well financially supported, von Strucker did not share his business with him, concerning HYDRA.[4] Von Strucker had some overlapping interests with Hale who became a HYDRA undercover agent within the United States Air Force and often visited him, even though she actually hated him. During one such visit, von Strucker beat Werner after Hale's daughter, Ruby Hale, hit her head while playing with Werner. This wasn't the only time von Strucker beat his son.[5]

Von Strucker eventually became good friends with Gideon Malick who considered him a great man. Malick was also the only other HYDRA head that von Strucker's son Werner knew about.[6] Von Strucker also made some business with the black-market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue.[2] Over the years, he became the leader of the European faction of HYDRA.[7] Von Strucker's involvement with Project Destroyer of Worlds and his experiments with the Particle Infusion Chamber resulted in Carl Creel attaining the ability to absorb any element and turn his skin into that same material.[5]

Hidden Vaults

"Strucker has many vaults. I know them all."
Grant Ward[src]

Von Strucker had many vaults hidden around the world, filled with numerous mysterious artifacts. As one of the five most powerful leaders of HYDRA, von Strucker knew the legend of HYDRA's origin and its true purpose. The vault in Zepkow, Germany contained a piece of the Monolith that was used by the Inhumans to banish Hive to the Maveth thousands of years ago, and which HYDRA hoped to use to bring him back to Earth to conquer it.[8]

Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

"Baron Strucker. HYDRA's number one thug."
"Technically, I'm a thug for S.H.I.E.L.D."
Captain America and Wolfgang von Strucker[src]

As one of the high-ranking members of HYDRA within S.H.I.E.L.D., von Strucker was charged with various science projects, including advanced weaponry. After the Battle of New York, von Strucker desired the Scepter of Loki, the God of Mischief.[9] As such, Alexander Pierce had Jasper Sitwell along with Brock Rumlow and his STRIKE unit go to the Stark Tower after the battle's end and they were given the Scepter by Black Widow.[10] With the Scepter acquired, von Strucker began to study it in the S.H.I.E.L.D. S.T.A.T.I.O.N. facility. After a HYDRA mole inside that facility informed von Strucker that one of the scientists working on the Scepter, Mark Smith, was a potential HYDRA recruit, von Strucker decided to recruit Smith personally. Following the successful recruitment of Smith into HYDRA, von Strucker ordered him and another HYDRA mole to retrieve the Scepter. Smith and his HYDRA colleague retrieved the Scepter and transported it to the HYDRA Research Base in Sokovia.[9]

Von Strucker's scientists began to power weapons using the Scepter. Although List considered the weapon's results to be remarkable, they were not to von Strucker's satisfaction; he ordered List to recruit human volunteers among the rioters of Sokovia to get the results he desired. Many of the volunteers died in the experiments while the only two survivors, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff, gained extraordinary powers as a result.[9] Despite all the progress HYDRA made with the Scepter, they only managed to "scratch the surface", according to von Strucker, because he believed the jewel in the Scepter was hiding many more secrets.[11]

Out of the Shadows

The End of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Strucker looking at the Scepter

"HYDRA. S.H.I.E.L.D.. Two sides of a coin that's no longer currency."
―Wolfgang von Strucker to List[src]

Von Strucker established the research base in Sokovia and was informed of the destruction of the Triskelion, and the revelation of all of HYDRA's secrets inside S.H.I.E.L.D. by List. Von Strucker remained calm as Nick Fury had revealed to the public only the secrets he knew about and HYDRA's work with the Scepter remained unknown. Von Strucker told List that he would sacrifice a few facilities to keep their enemies off their scent for now.

Strucker and List observe the Maximoff twins

List asked von Strucker about what he intended to do with the volunteers for their experiments, and von Strucker ordered their bodies to be buried deep in the ground. List then asked him about the only surviving volunteers, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff. As they watched the twins display their newfound superpowers, von Strucker replied that the Avengers would sooner or later meet them, and that with the age of spies and heroes at an end, in the age of miracles, nothing is more horrifying than a miracle.[1]

HYDRA's Crisis

"Since Strucker is overseas, I assume you report to someone else."
"That's correct."
Grant Ward and Sunil Bakshi[src]

Grant Ward knew that von Strucker was overseas, so he asked Sunil Bakshi who the American leader of HYDRA was. He learned that Daniel Whitehall was that person.[12] Von Strucker was not able to attend the biannual meeting of HYDRA leaders held at the mansion of Octavian Bloom; he sent List in his place instead. Von Strucker, through List, sent his condolences on the death of Daniel Whitehall and expressed his wish to see Sunil Bakshi in the position formerly held by Whitehall. Von Strucker also advised the other HYDRA leaders to stop underestimating S.H.I.E.L.D..[13]

When Phil Coulson arranged for the remnants of HYDRA leaders to kill each other, von Strucker became one of the last high commanders of HYDRA. List confirmed to Bakshi that von Strucker was in Eastern Europe.[14] Sometime later, von Strucker was called by List who informed him that he managed to capture Mike Peterson and Lincoln Campbell, two enhanced individuals who could become a great asset to HYDRA and von Strucker was pleased with the news.[15]

Attack on the HYDRA Research Base

Strucker talks to Doctor List during the raid

"We will not yield. The Americans send their circus freaks to test us. We will send them back, in bags. No surrender!"
"No surrender!"
"I am going to surrender. You will delete everything. If we give the Avengers the weapons, they may not look too far."
―Wolfgang von Strucker and HYDRA Soldier[src]

Von Strucker ordered his cell to work on research of the Scepter, a Leviathan's corpse and the Chitauri Guns, successfully reverse-engineering the Chitauri tech to be used by HYDRA's troops in the form of the HYDRA Exo-Suits and greatly upgrading HYDRA's arsenal. Using the power of the Scepter, HYDRA scientists had even experimented with A.I., from which they designed advanced mechs. However, von Strucker's actions also attracted the attention of the Avengers due to Phil Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D.'s interference.

Strucker learning the Avengers have arrived

Just when von Strucker and List were on the verge of their greatest breakthrough, the Avengers assaulted the HYDRA Research Base. Von Strucker ordered his men to deploy the HYDRA Tanks against the attackers. Though List wanted to send out the Maximoff twins, von Strucker claimed they were not ready to fight. Believing that his men could still hold the attackers, von Strucker decided to continue the fight, which caused heavy damage in Novi Grad.

Strucker ordering his men to keep fighting

However, Iron Man destroyed the base's energy field, shutting down the force field around the main building, leaving von Strucker and his men practically defenseless. Von Strucker decided to surrender, ordering List to delete all the data they had collected. Von Strucker intended to give the Avengers HYDRA's weapons, hoping to keep them too occupied to find the secret laboratory where he and List did the majority of their work and where the Scepter was located. His last order to his men was to keep resisting the Avengers.

Strucker is confronted by Captain America

When the Avengers broke into the base, von Strucker was confronted by Captain America. Von Strucker offered no resistance, saying that he knew when he was beaten. When Captain America asked von Strucker about the survivors of HYDRA's experiments, Wanda Maximoff appeared, using her powers to throw him down the stairs. Captain America quickly recovered and knocked out von Strucker by hitting him in the chest with his shield.[2]

Imprisonment and Death

Strucker murdered inside his cell by Ultron

"What's this?"
"A message. Ultron killed Strucker."
Tony Stark and Steve Rogers[src]

Later, von Strucker was apprehended by NATO and imprisoned in the penitentiary facility. While von Strucker was incarcerated, Ultron found him and demanded to know where he could locate Vibranium. Once von Strucker informed him that he could get it from Ulysses Klaue, Ultron murdered von Strucker by hitting his head hard against the wall, painting the word "PEACE" on the prison wall with von Strucker's own blood - a direct message to the Avengers.[2] Von Strucker was confirmed dead on WHiH World News five days later.[16]


HYDRA Power Struggle

"Your father kept you in the dark and then died a meaningless death, leaving you a HYDRA face with no answers. I know what it's like to come from a complicated family. HYDRA's fractured, in pieces. We're gonna rebuild it, the right way. By force."
Grant Ward to Werner von Strucker[src]

Despite his death, von Strucker was still remembered by his successors as one of HYDRA's greatest leaders. Von Strucker and List's deaths left HYDRA fractured and weak, until Grant Ward started a campaign to reunify HYDRA, for which he recruited von Strucker's son, Werner von Strucker.[4] In his attempt to discover Strucker's hidden vault, Ward made an alliance with Gideon Malick and attempted to return Hive from Maveth to Earth.[8]


"Don't worry, I know when I'm beat. You'll mention how I cooperated, I hope."
―Wolfgang von Strucker to Captain America[src]

Like all of HYDRA's leaders, von Strucker had little to no morality at all. He was perfectly fine with performing experiments on human beings, not worrying about how many of them would die, as he believed that the results gathered from the experiments would contribute to HYDRA's cause. He was also unconcerned about the civilian casualties in Novi Grad during the Attack on the HYDRA Research Base.

According to Gideon Malick, von Strucker understood that protecting assets was more important than flaunting them, as he would never foolishly put an untested young operative in play without proper training. However, in the opposite, Hale claimed that von Strucker was one of the reasons why HYDRA went off the rails. Nevertheless, von Strucker was regarded by many, like Kebo, as one of HYDRA's greatest leaders, yet they felt his death was meaningless.

During his adolescence, von Strucker proved himself to be an arrogant and over-confident individual with a tendency towards bullying and misogyny. His heritage as a von Strucker and devotion to the glory of HYDRA's past made him relatively popular amongst the student body of the HYDRA Preparatory Academy as well as the HYDRA leadership as he was pre-selected to eventually become a head of HYDRA. He and his clique would often harass less popular students such as Jasper Sitwell and Hale by demeaning them in a variety of manners.


"Concentrate fire on the weak ones. A hit can make them close ranks."
―Wolfgang von Strucker[src]
  • Expert Tactician: von Strucker was an expert strategist. When Project Insight failed in its objective and HYDRA's existence was revealed to the world, von Strucker quickly decided to sacrifice a few HYDRA bases to keep the Avengers from discovering the location of his Sokovian base so he and List could continue with their research of the Chitauri tech and the Scepter undisturbed. When his base was attacked by the Avengers, he ordered his soldiers to concentrate their fire on the weaker Avengers, hoping to force them to close ranks so they could be all attacked at the same time.



  • Handgun: As a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and a HYDRA operative, von Strucker always carried a handgun which served as his personal side-arm.

Other Equipment

"What we have... is worth more than any of them ever knew. We've only scratched the surface and already..."
―Wolfgang von Strucker to List[src]

Baron Strucker closely observes the Scepter

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Strucker and List inside of their fortress






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