Wolfgang von Strucker

Baron StruckerNow that Captain America: The Winter Soldier has come out in the US as well, we can speak about the post-credits scene: after both HYDRA and S.H.I.E.L.D. disband, Nick Fury says some HYDRA cells are still active somewhere in Europe. Just to confirm this, we spot a German man with a monocle speaking about a new era coming: he possesses Loki‘s sceptre, and holds prisoners two superpowered twins. The man is Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, portrayed by Thomas Kretschman. The character will appear again in Avengers: Age of Ultron as a secondary antagonist. He already appeared in TV movie Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. portrayed by Campbell Lane, but he was only a Nazi old man frozen solid and hunted down by Nick Fury. At the end of the movie, his daughter Andrea von Strucker revives him, and he walks away plotting revenge against S.H.I.E.L.D. In the comics, he’s a well known villain: let’s see together.

The von Struckers were a Prussian noble family, whose manor, following the Franco-Prussian War, was moved to Bavaria. Wolfgang was born at the end of the XIX Century, and was raised as the perfect heir to a family of military leaders: since his first baronstruckercomics1youth, he trained his body and mind in the art of war, and gained many scars in the (accomplished) effort of becoming fencing master of Heidelberg. When World War I engulfed Europe, von Strucker fought on Germany‘s side, imposing himself as one of the most skilled and feared German commanders. When, despite his victorious campaigns, Germany lost the war, von Strucker came back to his castle, later inheriting the title of Baron from his father. When Adolf Hitler rose to power, Baron von Strucker became one of his most trusted commanders, taking the lead of the Death’s Head Squadron and leading it against the Allies‘ forces. Baron Strucker collected a victory after the other, until the Allies put on the field their own heroes: Captain America and the Invaders, Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos, the American superhumans and elite soldiers beat every plan von Strucker tried to conceive. Eventually, Adolf Hitler grew tired of Strucker’s many losses, and ordered him to be executed. Luckily for the Baron, the Red Skull saw some potential in him, and sent him to Japan to find an independent Nazi organization, which would have been led by the Skull in a second moment. Baron Strucker did as he was told, and founded HYDRA, a scientific secret group led by Nazi ideals; however, he decided to lead it himself, excluding the Skull, who (apparently) met his end at the ends of Captain America at the end of the war.

Using the top research he was leading in HYDRA, von Strucker found a way to delay aging, and built for himself a nearly-immortal baronstruckercomics2body. He slowly transformed HYDRA into an international terrorist organization, developing a deadly biotoxin, the Deathspore Virus, to threaten the world. Also his nemesis, Nick Fury, became “immortal” through the Infinity Formula, and kept battling him from the intelligence agency S.H.I.E.L.D. Seeing potential in the enemy association, Strucker had some HYDRA agents infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. and send him intel from the inside, thus mantaining von Strucker always a step ahead of his enemies. The Baron brought his experiments even further, and when his wife Elisbeth became pregnant with twins, he experimented on them while they were still in the woman’s womb: when Andrea and Andreas were born, they manifested superhuman powers from their very infancy. Von Strucker had the twins fueled with Nazi ideals, betting on them for the supremacy of the “true Arian race”. When Captain American was revived and became a member of the Avengers, von Strucker finally revealed himself, and battled his old foe openly: despite the many defeats, von Strucker knew that, as long as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s corruption wasn’t discovered, HYDRA would have never been truly eradicated.

Wolfgang von Strucker is a proud, ruthless man, who only believes in the right coming from strength, and glorifies war as a means to impose his supremacy. Thanks to the many experiments and researches he conducted on his own body, Baron Strucker is nearly ageless, and has increased his physical attributes (strength, agility, speed, stamina, durability); he’s also a master tactician, an excellent hand-to-hand fighter, an exceptional swordsman and a skilled marksman. The Deathspore Virus which infected his body didn’t kill him, but granted him other superhuman abilities, such as the manipulation of the virus itself and a regenerative healing factor. His weapon of choice is the Satan Claw, a metal gauntlet which increases his already impressive strength, and allows him to shoot powerful energy beams. Deeply convinced of the righteousness of the Nazi ideals of racial supremacy, backed by the agent of HYDRA he himself founded, Baron Strucker is one of the most dangerous men alive, a terrorist seeking to restore a long-forgotten regime of terror.

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  2. […] were ordered to kidnap Adolf Hitler himself in Berlin: they infiltated thanks to a mole, but Baron Strucker recognized them, and exposed them. In the following battle, only Nick Fury and Izzy Cohen managed […]

  3. […] for shaping their best agents and developing their best assets. Kraken worked toe-to-toe with Baron Von Strucker, the founder and leader of Hydra, and reached him in Japan, where he founded training houses for […]

  4. […] the Captain America: The Winter Soldier mid-credits scene, Baron von Strucker explains his philosophy regarding the new world to one of his subordinates: the upcoming age of […]

  5. […] He was found decades later by THEM, a team of HYDRA, the Nazi-inspired association founded by Baron Von Strucker: revived, with his mind in a new, stronger cloned body, the Red Skull was ready to bring to the […]

  6. […] life by giving him the means to be put in suspended animation, and later proceeded to help Baron Strucker create HYDRA, a scientific organization led by the Nazis’ ideals. In the years following the […]

  7. […] fought many Nazis, including the infamous Baron Zemo and Baron Strucker, but his nemesis soon became Otto, a flute player chosen as his doppleganger in the […]

  8. […] Parkers were assigned with the mission of saving a Canadian spy, Agent Ten, from the clutches of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, a HYDRA leader, and Baroness Adelicia von Krupp, a rich widow who was financing the Baron. The […]

  9. […] Petrovitch Bezukhov, who raised her as she was his own daughter. When she was still very young, Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker kidnapped her, wanting to sell her to the mystical ninja sect The Hand, since they were looking […]

  10. […] the tv-movie, he was a retired spy called back in action when the daughter of an old enemy of his, Baron Strucker, threatened the entire world with a deadly toxin. Let’s see together who in the comics is […]

  11. […] During his war time, Captain America fought many Nazi criminals, such as his opposite Red Skull, Baron von Strucker, Baron Zemo, the Hangman, mad scientist Arnim Zola and many others; he also gained the trust of […]

  12. […] and the impossibility of peace. While the two of them were in Haifa, a major Nazi criminal, Baron Von Strucker, attacked the city with his Hydra, trying to collect part of his gold back. Revealing their nature […]

  13. […] every other one in history. When the group of volunteers they were working with was attacked by Baron Von Strucker and his Hydra survivors, the two mutants revealed their respective powers and fought together, […]

  14. […] different characters in the comics: the Viper, and Andrea Von Strucker, the mutant daughter of Baron Strucker, a villainess able to kill with her poisonous kiss. Let’s hope that Svetlana […]

  15. […] this time. Grant Ward is trying to rebuild HYDRA from ashes, and he approaches the son of late Wolfgang von Strucker, the last head that was cut: Werner, portrayed by Spencer Treat Clark. At first, it seems Ward […]

  16. […] the perfect candidate for the second phase of the experiment. Kraken summoned the Hydra leader, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, to witness the birth of a new, powerful agent, as he locked the agent, stripped naked, in the […]

  17. […] the money J.T. had stolen wasn’t clean at all, and HYDRA managed to track it back to him. Baron Strucker himself contacted Hellfire, and eventually forced him to become a double agent: J.T. agreed to spy […]

  18. […] of foreigner powers, and in 1941 tha Nazis targeted it in the persons of the Red Skull and Baron Strucker: to protect the country and aid King Azzuri in dealing with the invaders, Captain America, Sgt. […]

  19. […] had noticed her heroism, and had decided to reward her by building for her a bionic arm based on Batron Strucker‘s Satan Claw. Quite unexpectedly, Misty Knight had once again two functioning […]

  20. […] Gabrielle’s brain the coordinates of a secret storage of gold, gold that the war criminal Baron Strucker wanted: along with his HYDRA agents, Strucker attacked the hospital, and kidnapped Gabrielle. […]

  21. […] a fascist ruler who would have sympathized with Hitler. The Führer sent two of his best men, Baron Strucker and Geist, in Egypt, to assist Farouk in an ancient ritual, but the Shadow King ended up […]

  22. […] and Andreas von Strucker were the twin children of Nazi war criminal Baron Wolfgang von Strucker. Wanting to create his personal version of the Nazi übermensch, Baron Strucker sought the aid of […]


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