- Years have passed since I've lost almost everything here... Well, now... I'm not gonna keep sitting here and wait, just to let that happen again...
- -- Captain America
- -- Captain America
During the dark days of the 1940s that was the Second World War, a covert U.S. Military experiment turned the courageous Steven Rogers into the first Super-Soldier, Captain America. Throughout the war, Cap and his partner and best friend, Bucky Barnes fought alongside infantry and with a group of heroes known as the Howling Commandos. Weeks to months nearing the end of the war, Captain America and Bucky were both presumed dead in an explosion. Decades later, Rogers was found trapped in ice by S.H.I.E.L.D. and was successfully revived in the modern world of the 2000s. In his return, the legendary Captain America would then later go on to be one of the most important members of the Avengers as well as a leader of the team.
The Chitauri Conflict
Before the Invasion, Captain America seemed to have the same history with his Earth-61615 counterpart, up until the diabolical Asgardian God of Mischief Loki was able to fool the successfully the Avengers and the rest of Earth's mightiest heroes like him, during the significant Battle of New York into fighting his mirage or illusion, while the villain continues to his to spread the chaos caused by his single-minded and bloodthirsty army coming through the wormhole created by the Tesseract. As a devastating consequence to his effective strategy, the invasion of the timeline itself was prolonged for more than a few weeks, longer than it was supposed to be.
Seeing as the situation have gotten even worse than before, the Star-Spangled Soldier and the rest of heroes within the reaches of New York have no other choice but to help the citizens of every city in the country as they continue defending them from the incoming attacks. During the whole week of the massive Chitauran fleet's assault on North America, Spider-Man was one of the heroic street vigilantes who risked their very lives in helping the people of Queens and Manhattan in evacuating them into safety from the incoming arrivals of more extraterrestrial ships, throughout the wide city of New York.
Secret War on Hydra
Despite living happily within retirement for a brief time in their homes, other heroic retirements of several enhanced individuals were proven to be short-lived as they were eventually recruited by Steve Rogers into officially aiding him and the rest of the rebanded team to bring down the re-emerging legacy of the Nazi organization Hydra, having their existence secretly revealed as a parasite that grew inside of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s community since the Operation Paperclip, thanks to the posthumous efforts given by Ultron, and with it, they were also tasked and were obligated to take the terrorists down and find out more truth behind its survival within only two days as they possibly could, before all of it's deepest secrets, along with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s clandestine schemes and projects, would be dragged as well, and would be also exposed to the entire world.
As a consequence of Loki's effective strategy during the Battle of New York, the invasion timeline was prolonged for almost an entire week, longer than it was supposed to be (in other realities). Though this event might not have affected Zola and the legacy of Hydra itself drastically, the aftermath of the invasion put the presence and the core mission of Hydra inside S.H.I.E.L.D. in jeopardy, since the artificial intelligence Ultron had found out about the secrets and lies Hydra had kept since Hydra has infiltrated the S.H.I.E.L.D. during Operation Paperclip, and because of it, Ultron duplicated and decrypted all those files, sending them to Hank Pym and Tony Stark, before his untimely and selfless death to save the universe from the hands of Loki's mysterious benefactor. The files were also designated to be released to the public, something that Ultron had done intentionally to expose the lies S.H.I.E.L.D. was not even aware of yet.
Though most of Hydra's superiors and sleeper agents felt on edge and panicked now that their existence would be exposed in the next few days, Zola was the only one among the high council who was able able to come up with a back-up plan, using the recent dilemma to their advantage. With it, Zola prepared to execute the secret algorithm he had written and formulated as a last resort, in preparation for the "war" that he had always expected would arrive. While the others among Hydra had expected a war against S.H.I.E.L.D. that would be great and destructive, Zola had accurately predicted that they would actually be facing a war so "secret," the whole world wouldn't even know it would occur in the first place.
Facing the New Supreme
Only a few days after the victory of the Avengers over the Chitauri Conflict when Pym and Stark had first discovered the encrypted files left by Ultron, Zola decided to infiltrate the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarriers as he activated Project Insight. Thankfully, at the last second, Tony Stark was able to shut down the operation's protocol by making all the Helicarriers target and fire on each other, causing the vehicles to crash into the ocean, costing the lives of everyone who were inside at the time, with the exception of Director Nick Fury, Agent Maria Hill, and a few others.
As a result of his destructive actions, Nick Fury, along with select S.H.I.E.L.D. members, decided to help the Avengers take down Hydra's re-emerging forces even without the awareness of the United Nations or the U.S. Government, as well as preventing the secret files from being exposed to the world within the next two days. In the next few hours after Zola appeared, more and more of Hydra's bases of operations were discovered and attacked by the Avengers, courtesy of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s assistance, confirming his theory regarding Hydra reluctantly waging a devastating secret war with the Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Since Zola's consciousness had unlimited access to cyberspace, he was able to provide easy passage into the agency for most of the Hydra sleeper agents around the world, finally igniting the anticipated secret war against the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D.'s loyal forces, unleashing his own forces to combat the heroes and defend their existence and legacy. For the next twenty-four hours, the Avengers still triumphed over Hydra's forces, despite the countless number of loyal operatives who tried to stop them from exposing their secret bases and apprehending them.
The Madbomb Incident
Eventually, Zola's main base of operations in Camp Lehigh was discovered and attacked by S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers on the beginning of the second day, only a few hours before the files were set to go public, leading to his apparent defeat at their own hands, or so they thought. Zola then hysterically mocked Pym about Ultron, telling him that there was one thing that the artificial intelligence never found out in those secret files. Cornered by Nick Fury himself and Earth's Mightiest Heroes inside his main headquarters, Zola was about to launch his so-called last resort against them, only to be interrupted by the previously imprisoned Schmidt, who was reluctantly freed by Captain America, in hopes of helping them win against Zola.
Instead of activating Zola's algorithm, Schmidt instead activated another operation protocol by the code-name of "Madbomb," much to Zola's horror upon realizing what his former leader just did. Unbeknownst to the heroes of New York, the Madbomb Protocol was a missile containing a mysterious, fatal biological weapon recently designed by Zola after the first contact was made with the Chitauri, several days earlier. In Schmidt's words, since he was no longer a head of Hydra, then no one else should be, proclaiming that it was time for him to destroy what he has created. With no other way for Zola to undo Schmidt's actions, Zola could only stare at the sky in terror, with the heroes still clueless as to what would happen next. Iron Man flew out of the camp and tried to chase down the missile immediately, but his efforts to disarm it still failed, causing the missile to crash on its designated target, the city of Newark.
As the missile dropped into the middle of the city on a rainy day, it took the lives of hundreds due to the explosive blast, before subsequently releasing the weapon, which was a mysterious "techno-virus" caused by a strange form of radiation called "fear rays." Out of the 277,140 people living within the city, 193,200 were unfortunately infected by the techno-virus, rendering the selected population unbelievably and permanently insane and ravenous within the next fifty minutes, as the virus slowly festered on their bodies, terrifying the heroes, who didn't know what exactly they should do next. What was even worse, was that due to the effects of the Madbomb Protocol, Zola was forced to escape his damaged computer system and a major portion of the cyberspace in the process, transferring his consciousness once more, into a techno-organic mutated body he had been keeping in a laboratory located inside another secret base near the virus-infested Newark.
In the wake of the devastating attack in Newark, Zola eventually came to a pragmatic realization, that despite the fact that his algorithm ultimately failed due to the Red Skull's actions, he could still very likely accomplish his overall mission to dominate the entire world with one last opportunity, and with the help of his remaining tech and equipment, he could still rapidly increase the spread of the flesh-eating techno-virus to the rest of the globe within a day. According to Zola, if Hydra's legacy would be deemed to die on that same day, then he'd rather let it die with the rest of all life on the planet.
He then left the ruins of his heavily demolished laboratory, now merged with his techno-organic form, which he dubbed the "Siegsoldat-X." Before he could activate the machine right outside his lab that would help spread the techno-virus, a critically-injured Steve had arrived at the scene. He came to finally confront him alone, asking Zola to help them restore the people who were infected back to their normal state and warning him to end his assault, once and for all, or he and his team would force him to. Factually but sadistically, Zola sadly informs Rogers that there was no hope left in saving the infected, confirming that those who have already succumbed to the virus would end up perishing, revealing that the extraterrestrial virus was something they first found in the rotting carcasses of the Outriders, the mindless and bloodthirsty race that Loki had previously commanded during the Chitauri Conflict.
Feeling both heavily broken and enraged at the same time, Rogers vowed to take Zola down as he angrily charged at the enormous cyborg, when several Hydra agents loyal to Zola came to his aid. While Zola tried to activate the machine, Rogers engaged all of them in combat alone, just to get to Zola. During the clash between Rogers and the Hydra loyalists, Rogers single-handedly bested the soldiers, until he came face-to-face with Zola's best mercenary, the cybernetically-augmented Winter Soldier, who unintentionally revealed his identity to be Rogers' old best friend, Bucky Barnes, who was presumed to be KIA since World War II. Rogers tried to fight off Bucky, but he was too emotionally conflicted, causing the legendary Avenger to lose his calm.
As the duel between the two super-soldier continued, Zola was close to completing the machine, and was preparing to activate it when the Iron Avenger himself showed up in front of him to interrupt his work, much to Zola's distress. Zola's alien physiology and strength gave him the advantage against Iron Man by beating him to a pulp, severely damaging his armor. The attack was then followed by Ant-Man, Wasp, and even Scarlet Witch, only for the three to be extremely weakened by his sonic device tech known as the ESP Box, easily knocking them out in the process.
As the heroes neared defeat, however, the dark skies darkened even more, along with lighting starting to flash and thunder starting to roar. Then a lighting strike hit the middle of the battleground near Zola, striking the machine even before he had gotten the chance to activate it, frying it to a crisp. As the fog cleared, none other than the God of Thunder himself, Thor, was revealed, now holding another, more powerful weapon he dubbed "Stormbreaker." Seeing how his plan's last hope of succeeding was ruined in an instant, Zola went into an impulsive fit of rage and tried attacking the God of Thunder, only to realize that he was inferior to and outmatched by the Asgardian prince.
Trapped inside his own hologram and thus knowing he and Hydra itself had been defeated, Zola was now overwhelmed with fear. Little did Zola realize, a massive group of the ravenous infected, whom he was partly responsible for creating, started sensing Zola's body as something they could feast on to fill their hunger. They charged towards him and ruthlessly tore his techno-organic body apart, leaving his hologram to be slowly crushed within the ongoing stampede. In his final moments, the mad scientist reluctantly accepted his own failure as a leader of Hydra, and his consciousness slowly malfunctioned, and he accidentally activated the self-destruct protocol within his torn body, detonating a powerful explosion, killing the infected crowd, along with Zola's consciousness, finally ending the two-day secret war against Hydra for good.
A Tormenting Recovery
Even after Arnim Zola's defeat and Hydra's apparent destruction at the hands of the heroes of New York, the devastating aftermath of the Madbomb Incident left the rest of the world on edge after suffering a heavy loss, putting the public perspective of the Avengers in a new light after finding out all of the backstory, and causing them to rethink if the United Nations, along with other peace-keeping organizations, should keep sponsoring them as a public heroic organization. In the meantime, the U.N. have yet to make a decision whether they should continue sponsoring the heroes, but with more maintenance and supervision from the agency, or they should eventually dismantle the initiative.
After the battle in which S.H.I.E.L.D.'s image and reputation was heavily damaged as a peace-keeping organization, all of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra's classified files were still exposed on the Internet, a decision collectively agreed upon by the Avengers to honor Ultron's memory for showing them the truth even before he was gone. As a result, the agency was disavowed by its commanding governments, who decided to consequently shut it down. Additionally, other authorities have declared to the public that they were continuing their search for former Hydra sleeper agents, including its founder and former leader Red Skull, among other operatives who have escaped custody from the authorities, labeling them as wanted fugitives. Unable to cope with the repercussions of the events, a grief-stricken Steve dropped the mantle of being Captain America, believing that he lost the right to it at the very second he failed to save the lives on Newark.
Death of a Comrade
Only a day after the web-slinger's death, the public was now well aware on the revelation that Peter Parker was indeed Spider-Man's secret identity. The perpetrator, revealing to be a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent by the name of Parker Robbins, whose family had unfortunately perished during the events of the briefly-intense Secret War on Hydra which led to the subsequent downfall of Hydra, was hearing Peter's heroic sacrifice. The vengeful villain even tried to commit suicide out of guilt, but his actions were stopped in time by the reformed Avengers and handed over to the authorities for his imprisonment.
All of New York City, along with some of countless visitors who came from across the globe (including his fellow ally heroes and those who once despised him alike, along with Peter's closest friends, Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborn, Flash Thompson, Liz Allan, and few more others), mourned for Spider-Man's passing, and Tony Stark planned a large funeral for Peter and Felicia at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, which was visited by more than millions of people who came to commemorate his memory, both as Peter Parker and Spider-Man, with Felicia being remembered as both Felicia Hardy and the Black Cat. Visiting the funeral with Sharon and his fellow Avengers, a deeply-saddened Steve greatly paid respects for his fallen friends and comrades and honored him for his selfless sacrifice, knowing that Peter Parker will be remembered as one of the greatest heroes in history. However, time didn't last as long as Peter's courage would be the final force that pushed and greatly inspired Steve into escalating his recovery from trauma during the Madbomb Incident years ago and fearlessly wear the cowl and mantle of Captain America once more.
The Rise of Courage
Following the events of Spider-Man and Black Cat's deaths which were caused by the Hood's vengeful campaign against the heroes of the United States, Steve rose from retirement in pursuit of returning as Captain America in order to prevent more tragedies from occurring once more, despite the fact the possibility of the once great Avengers being banded back together, were simply hopeless at that point. In his journey towards reclaiming the Captain America mantle, Steve would unfortunately have to face some few yet major complications before he could get the chance to return into becoming the same embodying symbol of peace and liberty he once was a long time ago. Starting to notice that the national agent John Walker slowly descend into the delusional darkness after in years as the substitute and candidate of the Captain America mantle, Steve was called by his best man Sam Wilson (Falcon), and his on-and-off lover Sharon Carter (S.H.I.E.L.D.'s former Agent 13) for his help. Knowing that his complicated relationship with the current United States Government had strip him of any assuring alliances with them, Steve knew that he and his allies are on their own, at least in the meantime as they uncover the psychology of the slowly deranged John Walker.
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