Designation: Freelance Agent (***L7 Security Clearance***)
Criminal Record: None
Powers: Thanks to the “super soldier” treatment he received in the 1940s, the Captain’s physical abilities have been enhanced to the peak of human potential.
Abilities: The Captain is a master of hand-to-hand combat, military strategy, tactics and leadership.
Unique Weapons: A bulletproof, nearly indestructible shield made of the energy-absorbing metal Vibranium that the Captain also uses as a thrown weapon.
Known History: Born on the Fourth of July, to working-class immigrant parents. Both of his parents died when he was still fairly young. When the Second World War happened, Rogers was as eager to enlist as any young patriotic American, but he couldn’t pass the physical exam. He caught the eye of a General Chester Phillips who was looking for test subjects for what was then a new and experimental super-soldier program being developed by escaped German scientist Abraham Erskine. Though the process was successful, a Nazi spy’s bullet ended Erskine’s life and left Rogers as America’s only super-soldier. He took his duty seriously and became this country’s mightiest weapon against the Axis powers: Captain America.
The Captain was believed killed in a final battle with his archnemesis, Hydra founder Red Skull , at war’s end, but was only frozen in cryogenic suspension until recently. Fortunately, the Captain has returned to the battle for freedom against the modern threat of international terrorism.
Observations: “He’s an ally of S.H.I.E.L.D. – one of the best, in fact. He’s one of those people who wants you to be … well, not like him, necessarily, but better than you are.” — Maria Hill
“I don’t represent a political party or a particular point of view. I may wear the flag, but I don’t serve the government. Not in any official capacity, anyway. The only thing I’ve served -- that I’ll ever serve -- is The Dream.” — Captain America
Classification: International Terrorist (***flagged on DHS watch list***)
Criminal Record: Wanted in Germany on a variety of felonies, including assault, torture, murder and attempted murder; wanted internationally for terrorist activities
Abilities: Melee combat and weapons specialist
Known History: The thirteenth Baron Zemo of Leipzig is the son of one of Red Skull’s top researchers at Hydra, the Nazi special weapons division. The elder Zemo was killed during a battle with Captain America and his son swore vengeance. Upon inheriting his title, Helmut was instrumental in smuggling Hydra weapons and personnel out of Germany, keeping them out of the hands of the Allies and transforming the organization into the terrorist empire feared the world over today.
The elder Zemo’s crowning achievement for Hydra during the war was Adhesive X, an unbreakable fixative that could stop men and machinery in their tracks. During battle with Captain America in modern times, a vat of Adhesive X was upended atop the current Baron’s cowl, affixing it permanently to his face. This distinguishing characteristic should allow agents to identify Helmut with ease.
Observations: “Recent intel suggests increasing friction between Zemo and Viper as to who actually runs the organization. Zemo represents the old guard as a direct link to its Heil-Hitler days.
“Viper, on the other hand, is the favorite of the Young Turks who want to throw off Hydra’s Neo-Nazi trappings and take the fight directly to the established heroes and international institutions like the UN and, well, S.H.I.E.L.D.
“S.H.I.E.L.D.’s hope is that these tensions ultimately tear the organization apart. But like its namesake, Hydra has been maddeningly resistant to conventional death.” — Jasper Sitwell
“Helmut’s father embodied the worst aspects of European aristocracy: arrogant, overconfident, and with near-total contempt for his quote-unquote inferiors. He raised his son to carry on in his footsteps. I’ve tried to persuade Helmut that he can follow his own path, but he’s shown no inclination to listen. The Zemos seem to think the world is theirs by birthright.
“Makes me grateful my dad worked in a garage in Brooklyn, to be honest with you.” — Captain America (Steve Rogers)