Real Name: Baron Wolfgang von Strucker
(Earth-730834) human technology user (likely German citizen - see
Occupation: HYDRA leader, terrorist
Group Membership: HYDRA
Affiliations: HYDRA agents (Agent
Tiger 7, others)
Enemies: Avengers (Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Scarlet
Witch, Tigra, Wasp, Wonder Man), S.H.I.E.L.D. and its agents (Major
Nick Fury, Agent
Sitwell, others), renegade HYDRA agents (Agent Fox
Widow, others), basically all humans
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Supreme Hydra
Base of Operations: HYDRA base on Okami Island
First Appearance: Avengers United They Stand#2
Powers/Abilities: The megalomaniacal Baron
Strucker is a racist terrorist ready to engage in mass murder on a
global scale. He is a technological genius, rebuilding his body to live
longer. He has become reliant on an exoskeleton to facilitate movement
for his frail body, as well as requiring a chemical-vitamin cocktail.
As HYDRA leader, he was armed with personal weapons such as the
blast-emitting Satan Claw glove, and directed weapons research and
development, including the lethal Ragnarocket
missile to deliver the Omega-Pulse, which would kill every human except
those in his Vibranium-shielded island base. He demanded absolute
loyalty from HYDRA agents, but his mania caused some agents to doubt
(Avengers United They Stand#2 (fb) - BTS) - Baron
Strucker served as a German Nazi general in World War II. Aging,
Strucker rebuilt his body to extend his lifespan and added an
exoskeleton that gave him strength and enabled him to continue walking.
At some point, he gained control of the terrorist organization HYDRA
and advanced weaponry like the personal blast-emitting glove, the Satan
Claw. He made plans for the complete extermination of homo sapiens to make way for "homo hydra" using the lethal
Omega-Pulse launched from his Ragnarocket missile, set to save only
those HYDRA agents on his base. Strucker became aware of a small number
of renegade HYDRA agents against his plans, including the Black Widow.
Meanwhile, Colonel Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. received a serious eye
injury from HYDRA.
(Avengers United They
Stand#2) - Inside the Vibranium-reinforced HYDRA base on Okami Island,
Strucker (now aged 103) dealt with the traitorous Agent Fox 29,
assigning Agent Tiger 7 to kill him in a trial by combat. Tiger 7
failed and Fox 29 punched Strucker, but the leader killed the renegade
with the Satan Claw, although this exposed Strucker's frail body and
mechanical exoskeleton. Meanwhile, Nick Fury called in the Avengers
(Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Tigra, Wasp, Wonder Man), who linked
up with turncoat agent the Black Widow to infiltrate the base. Intense
fighting broke out and Strucker launched the Ragnarocket before the
Avengers could reach him, claiming everything was going to plan and
refusing to answer how to disarm the bomb. Enraged, Tigra ripped apart
Strucker's exoskeleton while Wonder Man stopped the Ragnarocket.
S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived to apprehend the villain and he was taken to a
secure prison ward. Without his exoskeleton, he was bedridden on a
vitamin and chemical cocktail he was already dependent on and was set
to continue in this broken state for about two more decades due to his
earlier body modifications.
Comments: Created by Ty Templeton, Eric Lewald, Jason Armstrong & Scott Koblish.
Strucker doesn't reveal what separated homo hydra from homo sapiens; it seems it would be from the 1,200 HYDRA agents protected from the lethal Omega-Pulse, but would there be any genetic difference as such? Hoping to lure in super-powered individuals, did he intend to use their DNA/skills/technology to mutate HYDRA agents?
Strucker's Satan Claw appeared to be deadly on the
exposed chest of Agent Fox 29, but just stunned Hawkeye, likely
indicative of the Avenger's armor.
It's unknown if Germany allowed him to retain citizenship given his Nazi past and overt terrorist links.
The island's name "Okami" usually translates to
"wolf" in Japanese, so it's a safe bet that it's located in the
(northwest) Pacific Ocean.
Profile by Grendel Prime.
Baron Strucker of Earth-730834 has no known connections to:
Agent Fox 29
Agent Fox 29 resisted Baron Strucker's mad plan to
wipe out humankind and was accused of treason. He chose trial by combat
as a defense and pleaded with assembled fellow HYDRA agents to little
effect. Fox 29 quickly disarmed his opponent, Agent Tiger 7, of his
carbon whip and used that to bring down Strucker's floating platform.
But Strucker used his deadly Satan Claw to blast Fox 29's exposed
torso, killing the agent.
--Avengers United They Stand#2
Agent Tiger 7
Baron Strucker chose loyal HYDRA Agent Tiger 7, an
expert with the carbon whip, to engage in deadly trial by combat with
Agent Fox 29, who had been accused of treason. However, Fox 29 deftly
disarmed the larger Tiger 7, and Tiger 7 apparently fell to his death.
--Avengers United They Stand#2
The Ragnarocket was the HYDRA-branded launch vehicle
to send the Omega-Pulse weapon 50 miles into the atmosphere for
detonation. The Avengers were too delayed battling HYDRA agents to stop
Strucker launching it, but Wonder Man jumped and clung to its side.
Unable to stop the missile, he instead ripped out its Omega-Pulse
payload, dumping it into the ocean, thereby preventing the weapon's
detonation. The damaged Ragnarocket missile then came apart and fell
blazing into the sea.
--Avengers United They Stand#2
Avengers United They Stand#2, p3, pan5 (main image)
p15, pan2 (headshot)
p22, pan5 (hospitalized)
p2, pan3 (Agent Fox 29 headshot)
p2, pan6 (Agent Fox 29)
p2, pan4 (Agent Tiger 7)
p18, pan1 (Ragnarocket)
p15, pan1 (in full HYDRA uniform)
Avengers United They Stand#2 (December, 1999) - Ty Templeton & Eric Lewald (writers), Jason Armstrong (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
First updated: 08/17/2020
Last updated: 08/17/2020
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