All hail HYDRA. Since its live action debut in Captain America: The First Avenger, HYDRA has been a constant threat to the MCU going forward, despite being seemingly deceased at various times. The Red Skull introduced us to a new type of villainous organization that could even put Adolf Hitler to shame. Now, with the new Captain America: Civil War in release, audiences will surely get to know more about HYDRA and what went into warping Bucky Barnes into the ruthless Winter Soldier.
As with the rest of the MCU, HYDRA comes straight from the comics, and again, is a recurring source of conflict for the heroes in the pages, and not just Captain America. However, the MCU has a drastically different depiction of that organization from the comics. While naturally they have the same foundation complete with their little "Hail HYDRA" tagline, they have almost nothing else in common (as is to be expected with movie adaptations).
Because most of you have only gotten a taste of HYDRA's true strength from the Marvel movies, you might be shocked to hear about what they've done throughout the comics. They've done horrible things that have even threatened the very existence of every hero to date, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
So be prepared for the worst and get your vibranium shields in hand as we examine one of the most diabolical groups in fictional history. Here are 11 terrible things that you didn't know about Marvel's HYDRA.
11 Baron Von Strucker Was the Original Leader
10 Ties with Hitler
9 Long-Term Plans
8 The Greek Monster
7 They Made Their Own Avengers
6 Baron Zemo Was Another Leader
5 They Were the Reason SHIELD Was Created
4 Crashing a Fantastic Wedding
3 They've Operated for Thousands of Years
2 They Resurrected and Brainwashed Wolverine
1 Death Oath Loyalty
This is easily the most horrible thing about HYDRA, but it comes as no surprise. Anybody who wishes to join the organization doesn't necessarily need a particular set of skills, rather they need to be willing to die for the cause, and that goes a long way. They pledge an oath to HYDRA, and if that oath is broken, it is punishable by death. That way, no traitors will ever be in HYDRA's midst, and those that are will be instantly taken care of. Besides, if they kill one of their own, two more will take his place, right?
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