"The twenty-first is a digital book. Zola taught HYDRA how to read it. Your bank records, medical histories, voting patterns, e-mails, phone calls, your damn SAT scores... Zola's Algorithm evaluates people's past to predict their future."
Jasper Sitwell[src]

Zola's Algorithm was a program written by Arnim Zola to identify targets for HYDRA by analysing people's data available online, including private data, to predict whether they currently posed a threat for the organization or would in the future. It was used in the framework of Project Insight.


"Project Insight requires insight. So I wrote an algorithm."
"What kind of algorithm? What does it do?"
"The answer to your question is fascinating. Unfortunately, you shall be too dead to hear it."
Arnim Zola and Black Widow[src]

HYDRA scientist Arnim Zola was recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. in the aftermath of World War II thanks to Operation Paperclip. From there, Zola worked to undermine S.H.I.E.L.D. from within and recreate HYDRA with corrupt S.H.I.E.L.D. members. As HYDRA secretly took control of Project Insight, a global peacekeeping program relying on three Helicarriers, Zola designed an algorithm that would serve HYDRA's purpose. By analyzing large amounts of personal data, the algorithm assessed potential threats to HYDRA who could then be eliminated en masse.

HYDRA eventually decided to enact its endgame and reveal itself to the world in an attempt to take control over it, executing an attack on Nick Fury and another on Captain America. HYDRA moles assigned to Project Insight hijacked the Insight Helicarriers, which were launched in the air. Once they reached working altitude, Zola's algorithm was deployed under orders of Captain Russo and identified thousands of targets to be eliminated, including Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Maria Hill, Stephen Strange, Bruce Banner and President Matthew Ellis.

However, HYDRA's plans were thwarted by the combined efforts of Captain America, Maria Hill and Sam Wilson, which resulted in the destruction of the Helicarriers and, possibly, the destruction of Zola's algorithm.[1]


"Target saturation reached. All targets assigned."
Insight Helicarrier system[src]

Zola's Algorithm was able to review large amounts of personal information and to process it in a very short time in order to assess whether an individual was a potential threat to HYDRA. The algorithm analyzed data from various subjects: financial records, medical histories, voting patterns, phone conversations as well as all electronic messages.


When deployed by the Insight Helicarriers, Zola's Algorithm could not identify more than 715,854 targets at a time.

Identified Targets

When first activated during the Battle at the Triskelion, Zola's Algorithm identified thousands of targets, including the following:

  • Lt. Deborah Adams
  • Gen. Julian Addelman
  • Jerod Allen
  • Ofcr. Daniel Amendan
  • Lt. James Anderson
  • Col. Stephen Ashley
  • Dr. Bruce Banner
  • Gen. Anthony Benson
  • Gen. Rachel Berni
  • Lt. Marcus Bledsoe
  • Steven Blinn
  • Ofc. William Blinn
  • David Bowers
  • Lt. Ronald Brinkley
  • Robert Brodeor
  • Lt. Robert Brody
  • Thomas Brody
  • Maj. Barbara Brown
  • Davis Brown
  • Gen. Jason Brown
  • Pvt. Marcus Campbell
  • Lt. Paul Campbell
  • Lt. Michael Carrot
  • David Chalmers
  • Karen Chan
  • Micael Clock
  • Austin Collibe
  • Ofcr. Kimberly Collins
  • Lt. Sally Collins
  • Jeff Dansworth
  • Gen. Martin Davis
  • Pres. Matthew Ellis
  • Craig Faldspar
  • Chandler Fletcher
  • Elizabeth Franz
  • Lt. Aran Frebowitz
  • Christina Frennel
  • Lt. Kevin Garcia
  • Pvt. Jennifer Gast
  • Fred Gnomon
  • Pvt. George Greenwall
  • Gen. Joe Gregory
  • Gen. Anthony Grey
  • Roberta Gronsatti
  • Jeremy Hammers
  • Joseph Harrison II
  • Gen. Betty Hatch
  • Warron Heiwall
  • Lt. Kenneth Hernandez
  • Gen. Alfred J. Higgens
  • Maria Hill
  • Col. Mark Hill
  • Hiro Honoua
  • Jeremy Irons
  • Col. Fred Jackson
  • Lt. Christopher Johnson
  • Lt. James Jones
  • Sebastian Jones
  • Stone Jones
  • David Jurgens
  • Col. Kenneth Keghley
  • James Kenburg
  • Col. George Kho
  • Richard Lim Klein
  • Gen. Wendy F. Klein
  • Alex Kolinsky
  • Lt. Aaron Kublainer
  • Hun Le
  • Pvt. Ryan Lewis
  • Lt. Daniel Light
  • Michael Lindon
  • Tram Lo
  • Linoa Long
  • Col. Richard Lopez
  • Lt. Sasha Lopez
  • Ofcr. Brandon Mallett
  • Eric Mansfeld
  • Lt. Charles Mansfield
  • Paula Marinez
  • Henry Marker
  • Gen. Sandra Martin
  • Eduardo Martinez
  • Lt. Jose Martinez
  • Lt. Nate Matthews
  • Patricia Mackenna
  • Gen. Mary Miller
  • Alex Millhouse
  • Lt. Joseph Moore
  • Brianna Morkland
  • William Morreston
  • Lt. Kris Mortimer
  • Lt. Sharon Mui
  • Ofcr. James Nelson
  • Lt. Pippin Ohanna
  • Gen. Preston Quan
  • Jennifer Pernbaum
  • Col. Scott Phillips
  • Gen. Steven Phillips
  • Jorge Pistano
  • Gregory Platt
  • Lt. Scott Plussard
  • Shigery Podhzoi
  • Molly Probst
  • Maj. Gerard Purkin
  • Col. Ben Radcon
  • Taylor Renee
  • Lt. Philioe Robierto
  • Cptn. Steve Rogers
  • Lt. Margaret Rutheford
  • Maria Sandberg
  • Lt. Claus Schindling
  • Claire Sei
  • Anderson Shapiro
  • Lt. Laura Smith
  • Maj. Thomas Smith
  • James Solder
  • Lt. Caleb Sophia
  • Christopher Sorensen
  • Lt. Nancy St. James
  • Anthony Stark
  • Gen. Frank Stephens
  • Pvt. Carter Stevenson
  • Dr. Stephen Strange
  • Paul Struper
  • George Sturgeon
  • Lt. Brian Taylor
  • Brian Tellalian
  • Lt. William Thompson
  • Daniel Thomson
  • Tonya Timmens
  • Lt. Jr Townsed
  • Jeffrey Welker
  • Jeremy White
  • Cptn. Mark White
  • Col. Charles Wilson
  • Wes Woon
  • Lt. Paul Wright
  • Ki Wu
  • Lt. Benjamin Young
  • Lt. Helen Young


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