Hydra is a criminal organization dedicated to the achievement of world domination through terrorist and subversive activities on various fronts, resulting in a fascist New World Order. Its extent of operations is worldwide, always attempting to elude the ongoing counter-espionage operations by S.H.I.E.L.D. Hydra is funded by Baron Strucker’s personal fortune, based on his recovered hoard of Nazi plunder from World War II, and funds established by the original leaders of the Japanese secret society that became Hydra.
In order to become a member of Hydra, an individual must be a legal adult willing to submit to a thorough investigation of the applicant’s personal background and to swear a death-oath of loyalty to Hydra and its principles.
Hydra’s level of technology is as highly advanced as that of any on Earth, based in part on technology of the alien Gnobians discovered by Baron von Strucker in 1944. Hydra uses various advanced experimental vehicles and devices in its activities, and various conventional military vehicles, seacraft, aircraft, pistols and standard concussive force blasters, and conventional communications equipment.
PREPARED BY JASPER SITWELL
To: Department of Defense
From: Jasper Sitwell
An executive summary of the criminal organization Hydra:
It is evident that Hydra first formed as a science and technology research group inside the Third Reich. The Red Skull claimed to be the founder, but more credible sources say he wrested control from an original leader when he saw its potential for turning exotic science into personal power. He did create a ruthless and secret security corps to protect their research. History might have turned out far worse if it continued serving the Reich, but as we now know, the Red Skull went rogue and took the group of scientists and soldiers as his personal think tank. Hydra at times was in direct conflict with the SS as well as Allied forces, and ironically (and unintentionally) may have hastened the defeat of the Reich itself.
Following the defeat of the Axis powers and apparent death of the Red Skull, the power vacuum at the top of Hydra was quickly filled by Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, well known to Allied intelligence as a Nazi spymaster. In the chaos of post-war Germany, the whole organization – labs, armories, warehouses of material – vanished without a trace, and some foolishly believed it had disbanded.
Instead, Strucker dispersed the group between several secret bases throughout the world. In its banishment, its overall goal of world domination remained unchanged, but its methods now skewed toward more infamous acts of terror and murder. Some of their greatest outrages – the mass murder of superheroes and villains alike, inter-dimensional invasions, the infiltration of S.H.I.E.L.D. – are so well known they need no further explanation.
The group has evolved through countless changes in leadership, with command control currently resting in the hands of Madame Hydra, a.k.a. Viper. What has remained constant is their goal of world domination, to subjugate all humanity under their own tyrannical rule. Its members still live by the Hydra Oath, which states “Cut off one head and two more shall take its place!” With its research labs powered by both alien and occult technologies, it remains one of the greatest threats to peace and security in the world today.