Alexander Goodwin Pierce

Alexander PierceToday, let’s see together one of the new entries in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Academy-winner actor and director Robert Redford, who plays a S.H.I.E.L.D. head, Alexander Pierce. The portrayal of the character, in the movie, seems to be at least ambiguous, and it’s not excluded (quite the opposite) that he’ll have some villainous role in the plot. However, this is not Pierce’s first live action appearance, since he was portrayed, in a much younger version, by Neil Roberts, in the tv movie Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. In here, he was a S.H.I.E.L.D. rookie who accompanied Nick Fury and Countess De Fontaine in a mission against Viper and her Hydra. So, is he young or old? Let’s see together who Alex Pierce is in the comics.

Alexander Goodwin Pierce was born in Long IslandNew York, from an unknown family. As a young adult, Pierce entered S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, and majored in Civilian Surveilance, proving to be one of the best future agents of his generation. He then served in S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Accounting Department, where he was noticed by the director himself, Nick Fury. Fury recognized in the young man a great talent as an operative and as a spy, and, most of all, an idealism that matched his own: Pierce strongly believed in S.H.I.E.L.D., and was sure to be protecting the world while serving in the organization. Seeing a younger self in Pierce, Fury took him away from the Accounting Department, and assigned him to an undercover mission in SohoManhattan. Pierce became a sleeper agent under the alias of Anthony Duranti, spying on the reborn terrorist association Hydra and decoding their dispatches, reporting directly to Fury. In that alexanderpiercecomics1period, Madame Hydra, the supreme head of the Nazi terrorists, succeeded in one of her best plans, allying herself with Arnim Zola: they created the Deltites, artificial duplicates of human beings, and used them to substitute key figures in S.H.I.E.L.D. one after the other, until Fury got completely surrounded. The Deltites discredited Fury to the eyes of the S.H.I.E.L.D. commission and to the public opinion, presenting him as a deranged old man who had lost sense of reality and had become a menace for the whole world. Under the threat of arrest, Fury became a fugitive, and collected a small number of agents he considered faithful to him and to his S.H.I.E.L.D., among these Alex Pierce, who became his right-hand man. Together, Fury and Pierce started attacking some S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities in order to collect informations about what happened to his once-faithful men, and in this operations Pierce acted as a contact between the rogue director and Tony Stark, who was trying to help.

Finally, the information they collected in a communications station in Philadelphia, actually leaked intelligence dropped in by Madame Hydra, led them to Hong Kong. However, this was clearly a trap, and Madame Hydra was waiting for them with an army of Hydra agents. The situation would have been catastrophic if not for Pierce, who, with an act of pure bravery and stupidity, charged the terrorists with a suicidal front attack, breaking their formation. The act proved successful, and not only Fury and Pierce managed to flee, but they also kidnapped Madame Hydra…who fell in love with the young agent, impressed by his bravado. The two agents were reached on the Himalayas, and taken to the S.H.I.E.L.D. satellite, where they got imprisoned. Madame Hydra’s infatuation with Pierce proved to be strong, as she helped him and Fury escape from their cells, and destroy the satellite along with all the Deltites (all but one, Red, who escaped and hid herself on Earth). Back on the surface, S.H.I.E.L.D. was officially dismantled, Fury disappeared once again, Madame Hydra (who now called herself Viper) was arrested, and Pierce became the custodian of the abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D. alexanderpiercecomics2Central. While there, the agent kept receiving love letters from Viper, letters that slowly consumed his mental health, making him believe to be a cold-blooded killer disguised as a hero. Pierce joined Fury once again when, after the attack of the Death’s Head Commando, he joined Countess De Fontaine and Al MacKenzie in their search for the ex director. The trio found him, and convinced him to be the leader of a new S.H.I.E.L.D.; after defeating the Death’s Heads, Pierce became an officer of the new organization, always in Fury’s consideration. That until Viper escaped prison, kidnapped him, and, using the already existent conditioning from her letters, brainwashed him and forced him to join her in the new Hydra led by Yellow Claw. Wanting to settle debts, Fury freed him from the mind control, and Pierce was finally reintegrated as one of Fury’s most trusted officers.

Alexander Goodwin Pierce is an extremely well-trained agent, a master marksman and martial artist and a good strategist. He feels a deep and total loyalty towards director Fury, who reciprocated his trust more than once, to the point of making him the field commander of Team Black, formed by the most dangerous recruits of the Secret Warriors, like the telepath Ellis Love or the powerhouse Ahmed Noor. Pierce’s only and major weakness is an emotivity hardly kept under control, a deep and secret rage that brings him to reckless and crazy actions on the field, and exposes him to the influence of mind manipulators such as Viper.

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  1. […] Reinhardt‘s) flashback, we see two agents freeing him in his old age following the orders of Alexander Pierce, at the time an undersecretary: one of the two agents is Hauer, portrayed by Lou Ferrigno […]

  2. […] replace him as well, he was saved by former director Nick Fury, now a rogue agent, and his protege Alexander Pierce. Mackenzie started fighting along with Fury and his unofficial team to take down the now corrupted […]

  3. […] in chrisis, divided between a good faction at Nick Fury‘s orders and a bad one acting under Alexander Pierce…it’s likely Rumlow will work for the latter). Now, let’s see together who one of […]

  4. […] on von Strucker’s trails. Werner, however, managed to capture some key agents: Al MacKenzie, Alexander Pierce and Network Nina. He brainwashed Pierce and used him against Nick Fury, while he used […]

  5. […] Fury’s personal army, along with Team Black (assigned to Hydra specifically and led by Alexander Pierce) and Team Grey (assigned to Leviathan and led by Fury’s son Mikel). Fury personally […]


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