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Zemo states that he got it from the S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra info that Black Widow released online in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Councilman Rockwell: [to Natasha who is on the computer] What are you doing? Alexander Pierce: She's disabling security protocols and dumping all the secrets onto the Internet. Natasha Romanoff: Including HYDRA'...


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This answer contains spoilers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and Agents of SHIELD. "Cut off one head and two more shall take it's place". One of the problems of fighting Hydra is that whenever you oust one of their leaders, a power vacuum forms in which one or more other versions of Hydra will form. We've seen ...


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Consider that an agent's death might be preferable to capture not only for the organization, but for the agent themselves. It's the same reason why it's not unheard of for criminals to choose to kill themselves rather than surrender to police. People do this even when there's no greater organization to protect; they just don't want to spend the rest of their ...


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Whoever can wrest power and hold it is in charge of whatever they can claim and call Hydra. That is the way the organization has always worked. Think of it as a terrorist organization with powerful and often autonomous sleeper cells. "Cut off one head and two will take their place," is the axiom of Hydra because it is formed of such powerful and often ...


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TL;DR: It's quite likely that there are multiple HYDRA factions at this point. By the events of Ant-Man, HYDRA is pretty fractured with most of their real leaders gone. Their de-facto leader had been Baron von Strucker, who was There are most likely several different factions of the group by this point, with only one faction being led by Grant Ward. It's ...


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Hydra is not an organized crime outfit. In the comics it was created as an ideological foe for SHIELD, an organization of fanatics who combined inspirations from the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazis, the Communists, religious cults, terrorists and THRUSH from the Man from UNCLE. Their goal is not to make money. It's to unite the world under their rule, turning it ...


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As per the movie universe, Hydra had some earlier roots, but before an in WWII they were a department of the Nazi Schutzstaffel which refused to surrender. In the real world many Nazis were fanatical enough to suicide at the end of the Third Reich, either because they didn't want to live in a world where they had lost or because they feared prosecution. ...


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With apologies for using Wikipedia here. One of the Nazi members, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, quickly seized control of the Hydra organization and restructured it to be dedicated to world domination through terrorist and subversive activities on various fronts, resulting in a global neo-fascist New Order. To this end, Baron von Strucker used his personal ...


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