Baron Zemo, The Red Skull and more vie for ultimate control!

For years, Hydra has lurked in the shadows of the Marvel Universe, a corrupting influence that taxed even the greatest of heroes. With the group scoring their greatest victory in Secret Empire, we take a look back at the History of Hydra…

Turmoil gripped what once stood as the world’s most fearsome terror group when its creator, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, seemed dead and gone for good. In his wake, some of the worst villains in history lined up to take their turn at trying to forge a Hydra that might withstand any assault, and any inner strife.

First came the Hydra Queen, who rallied former members to join with new soldiers and wash away the taint of the old failures. Captain America put down her insurrection, and though she appeared to be defeated, the Queen rose up again to grasp at the organization’s reins, but to no avail.

Baron Zemo, son of the World War II despot, took up the leadership of Hydra again and schemed to not only infiltrate Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and attack them from within, but to do what once ranked as an unthinkable thing in Hydra: recruit lowly Inhumans to do his bidding. After creating a toxin that would sterilize human beings, Zemo suffered defeat at the hands of the new Captain America, Sam Wilson, and Steve Rogers’ son Nomad.

With no leader, Hydra lost valuable intel on its workings to a deal between Sam Wilson and a genius hacker. This information led Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D, to nearly completely eliminate the group from the face of the planet. The Gorgon, once a high-ranking Hydra leader, directed a cell to kill all super heroes, but he too fell beneath S.H.I.E.L.D.’s unstoppable drive to sever every head and every limb they could uncover.

Captain America: Steve Rogers (2016) #2

Captain America: Steve Rogers (2016) #2

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Enter The Red Skull, arguably one of the catalysts of Strucker’s original impetus to create Hydra. With a wish to re-embrace his former Nazi beliefs, the villain began to assemble yet another new Hydra from white supremacists and other like-minded individuals and instituted outgoing assaults on civilians in public, both in the United States and Europe. Though as heinous a program as ever for the group, the Skull’s real evil manifested in his most devious operation ever: the complete rewriting of Steve Rogers’ personal history to place him not as the world’s greatest champion, but a Hydra agent bent on bringing its goals and tenets to the people of the world.

Whether or not the Red Skull—and Captain America—will finally succeed in the ultimate win for Hydra remains to be seen.

Check Out: CAPTAIN AMERICA #5, ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #16, CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #4, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #56, CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #112

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Various factions scramble for power within the framework of Hydra!

For years, Hydra has lurked in the shadows of the Marvel Universe, a corrupting influence that taxed even the greatest of heroes. With the group scoring their greatest victory in Secret Empire, we take a look back at the History of Hydra…

The History of Hydra stands as one of deep conflict, not only between the organization and the greater world it tried to conquer for generations, but within its own evil ranks. After years of battle with Nick Fury and his ultimate spy system, S.H.I.E.L.D., Hydra scored an incredible victory at the point in time when it added another wrinkle to this war: surprise.

S.H.I.E.L.D.’s longtime director discovered information that revealed his organization’s real taskmaster, Hydra, and its unwitting role in intelligence gathering for the criminal group. Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, Hydra’s on-again-off-again leader, seemed glad of the revelation, and used it as a springboard to reunite the several separate factions of Hydra under his guidance once again. Pulling together Madame Hydra, Kraken, Hive, Gorgon, and Viper as allies to rebuild what he referred to as Hydra’s true existence, he aligned with Norman Osborn’s H.A.M.M.E.R. and got back to the business of subjugating the planet.

Avengers (2010) #24

Avengers (2010) #24

  • Published: March 14, 2012
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 16, 2012
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
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Alas, Nick Fury possessed surprises of his own. When Kraken stood unveiled as Fury’s assumed-dead brother Jake, the super spy himself told Strucker that in fact S.H.I.E.L.D. ran Hydra, not the other way around, and then promptly shot the villain in the head.

Leaderless again, Hydra entered into another period of internal power struggles as its cells attempted to operate independently with players such as Madame Hydra leaching away H.A.M.M.E.R. soldiers to bolster her own forces and its science division, A.I.M. Like many times in the past, a weakened Hydra made for fertile ground in which a true master manipulator could rise up and seize its reins for their own end…

Check Out: SECRET WARRIORS #12, ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #4, NEW AVENGERS #18, AVENGERS #24

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Chaos envelops the hordes of Hydra!

For years, Hydra has lurked in the shadows of the Marvel Universe, a corrupting influence that taxed even the greatest of heroes. With the group scoring their greatest victory in Secret Empire, we take a look back at the History of Hydra…

With its originator dead and its ranks a pale shadow of their former self after many defeats, Hydra’s resurgence after the first great era of the Heroic Age came about due to the machinations of one of Baron Strucker’s enemies: The Red Skull.

The Skull reasoned that a newly resuscitated S.H.I.E.L.D. called for a nascent Hydra to combat its spread and so scientists worked feverishly and even at the cost of their own lives to bring Strucker back from beyond and place him at the helm of the organization. Even with the Baron returned and renewed in his faith, Hydra suffered under a kind of civil war among its various factions, weakening it and keeping it from achieving its past heights of infamy.

At this time a powerful mutant known as The Gorgon appeared on the scene to rule Hydra with Strucker’s wife Elspeth, and together they not only made a pact with the criminal cabal called the Hand, but also created a clone of the Baron who appeared to be executed for his crimes. In reality, Strucker lay in stasis until gaining his freedom and agreeing to an alliance with Baron Zemo, the son of another of his own World War II-era rivals.

Secret Warriors (2008) #2

Secret Warriors (2008) #2

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During the so-called Civil War among Earth’s super heroes, Hydra raided a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier to sweep Spider-Woman, once an operative of the organization, back into their ranks to potentially lead the organization. Ultimately, the Avenger remained true to S.H.I.E.L.D. and brought Hydra’s house down around its collective ears.

Strucker himself battled the alien shape-shifting Skrulls during their widespread attempted takeover of the planet and blocked them from also conquering Hydra for their use on Earth. Following the Skrulls’ overall defeat by the planet’s champions, a congressman named Woodward rose up to seize control of a faction of Hydra and directed a young hero codenamed Hardball to infiltrate the newly formed Initiative, made up of aspiring heroes and seasoned pros. Hardball turned on Woodward and killed him to wrest the leadership of the Hydra cell for his own designs, but failed to hold onto it for long.

With Hydra once again in turmoil and fractured, its ultimate secret lay exposed for one of its most dangerous detractors to find and investigate…

Check Out: WOLVERINE #25, NEW THUNDERBOLTS #17, SECRET WARRIORS #12, CIVIL WAR #17, SECRET INVASION #18, AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE SPECIAL #1, AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE #24

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Baron von Strucker emerges at the forefront of the sinister society!

For years, Hydra has lurked in the shadows of the Marvel Universe, a corrupting influence that taxed even the greatest of heroes. With the group scoring their greatest victory in Secret Empire, we take a look back at the History of Hydra…

At the dawn of the 20th century, the still-evolving Hydra might’ve faded away into obscurity if not for the dark vision and leadership of one man, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, to mold it into the global terror organization that exists today.

With his experience in World War I and his deep facial scarring, Strucker rose above the level of a garden-variety Nazi to take on missions from German leader Adolph Hitler himself until the baron racked up numerous failures in battle against Sgt. Nick Fury and his Howling Commandos. After one major defeat in France, Strucker fled from his fuhrer’s displeasure to forge an alliance with the dreaded Red Skull. This compact led directly to the forming of the modern Hydra.

Strucker traveled to Japan under the Skull’s direction to take control of the Hand, a secretive group of ninjas, and with the invaluable aid of the wickedly inventive Arnim Zola, set Hydra on a path to worldwide domination. He ultimately wrested the role of Supreme Hydra from the man who inhabited it and transplanted the organization to two new bases of operation: Hydra Island and an immense submersible called the Dragon of Death. While Hitler’s war with the Allies progressed, Strucker directed Hydra covertly while he played the part of a loyal soldier to his mad leader.

Always with an eye on seizing power and resources for Hydra, the baron managed to take possession of not only technology from the future, but also alien artifacts from a race known as the Gnobians. With these ill-gotten gains, Strucker attempted to circumvent the dark outcome of the war for Germany and create a kind of sanctuary for himself and Hydra to survive the coming firestorm directed at Berlin. He poured not only his massive personal fortune toward this end, but that of the wealthy Japanese whom he took the reins of the nascent group from. He also designed a way for his superhuman operatives to survive the end of the conflict by placing them into suspended animation. He himself allowed an experimental age-retarding serum to be used on his body, insurance for the decades to come.

And so World War II ended for Hydra, but not in the fashion Baron Strucker wished and planned for…

Check out: SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS #5, CAPT. SAVAGE AND HIS LEATHERNECK RAIDERS #2, NICK FURY: AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, MARVEL UNIVERSE #1, SECRET WARRIORS #1

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Download Ep. 57 to hear writer DJ Doyle talk about the new world order

***SPOILER ALERT: Don’t listen in if you haven’t seen the most recent episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”!***

Last night, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returned with a terrifying introduction to the Framework and a world in which Hydra won. In the latest episode of “This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” we chat with writer DJ Doyle as he walks us through the new world order to this new arc arc.

Download episode #57 of “This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” from Marvel.com! Catch new episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Tuesdays at 10:00 PM ET on ABC.

Go behind-the-scenes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with a new podcast series for the hit show on ABC! Every week we’ll talk with a different member of the cast and production crew as well as Executive Producers examining the twists and turns of the most recent episode, as well as taking a look at the creation process behind this exciting series! Don’t miss “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Tuesdays at its new time, 10:00 p.m. ET on ABC, and catch a new episode of “This Week in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” right here every Wednesday!

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Looking back on the terrorist group’s most dangerous female members!

In CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #14 on March 22, readers—and Steve—come face to face with Madame Hydra, a woman who has defined Cap’s life from behind the scene for years and years. In truth, women have long defined and contributed to the both the successes and failures of HYDRA and its foot soldiers.

As Rogers prepares to encounter one of the people that has crafted his destiny, we take a look at several of the ones who have formed HYDRA’s as a whole.

Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
The so-called Contessa made an incredible impression on Nick Fury when they first met, sending him tumbling in unarmed practice combat on his first day with S.H.I.E.L.D. Since that debut, Fontaine has changed allegiances multiple times being revealed as both a Skrull and then, later, an agent of HYDRA. In the end, however, it appears she remained loyal to Fury and only infiltrated the adversarial organization with his knowledge.

Spider-Woman
Jessica Drew joined HYDRA with idealism in her heart. Sold a false bill of goods by a crafty recruiter, she truly believed the group to be on the side of the angels. Over time, though, she found out the truth of HYDRA’s goals as well as what they had done to her memories and abilities. She would, in time, agree to be a mole for the terrorist group inside S.H.I.E.L.D. but quickly came over to that team’s side, becoming a triple agent. These days, Spider Woman has focused on smaller scale efforts, taking a break from espionage related machinations.

Madame Jasmine
A member of the HYDRA subdivision dealing with the occult—DOA—Jasmine spent most of her HYDRA career tangling with the Nightstalkers. The last time Jasmine appeared in the Marvel Universe, she ended up ingloriously sprawled on the ground in an alley after taking the butt of a gun to the face.

Viper
While many have taken the title “Madame Hydra”—including the Contessa—perhaps no one has laid claim to it as long as Ophelia Sarkissian aka Viper. A member of HYDRA since being taken in by the organization as an infant orphan, Viper has proven the rare true believer who has survived multiple battles, leadership coups, and arrests to return to the group again and again. While predominantly a S.H.I.E.L.D. foe she has often run aground of other heroes like the Avengers and Wolverine, the latter of whom she married. She even ruled Madripoor for a time before being overthrown by Iron Man and Tyger Tiger

Elsie Carson
When Carson’s husband got injured at work, she picked up a job to help with the slack. It turned out that she found that job with HYDRA and while her tasks initially amounted to just errands, she rapidly became more active in the organization until she achieved a promotion to section head. When she encountered Team America she reconsidered her allegiance. However, after she and her family were nearly killed by a HYDRA death squad, Carson decided to swear off all kinds of espionage and disappear off the grid with her husband and children.

Silver Fox
A former lover of Wolverine who seemingly met her end at the claws of Sabretooth, Fox nonetheless resurfaced years later as a HYDRA section leader. She seemed to spend most of her time monitoring Wolverine and other former Weapon X program graduates and derailing any attempts for them to regain accurate memories of their lives. History eventually repeated itself when Fox reached out to her one-time paramour, seeming to be heading towards putting HYDRA behind her, only to be killed by Sabretooth once again.

Man-Killer
After Katrina Luisa Van Horn’s skiing career fell apart due to a chauvinist running her off the slope and badly injuring her, she turned to super villainy to regain control of her body and to make money. While not a major player in HYDRA, she has periodically aided the organization as a freelance hire and even spent a short time as a full agent.

Ms. Fischer
A HYDRA recruiter under the direct direction of Baron Von Stucker, Fischer played a major role in the subjugation of S.H.I.E.L.D. She predominantly posted at the HYDRA base Gehenna in New Zealand and it is believed she survived the Warriors assault on the facility.

Cassandra Romulus
Initially part of a cell marked for deletion by Baron Von Stucker, Romulus readily betrayed her team leader, killing him and earning her former hunter’s attention and desire. They became lovers for a time during which Romulus continued to impress Von Stucker with her physical skill and her boundless ruthlessness. She disappeared years ago and many expect she died, perhaps on a mission or by her lover’s hand after disappointing him, but this has never been proven.

Laura Brown
Born to a HYDRA leader, Laura quickly took to the family business with skill and zeal. However, she quickly grew disillusioned with the mission. This climaxed when Nick Fury headed a raid on the HYDRA base that Brown had been staffing. Rather than kill the S.H.I.E.L.D. Director, she protected him and he returned the favor in short order by allowing her to escape his own troops. On the run while Fury tried to get her immunity from prosecution, Brown had to repeatedly repel HYDRA attempts to murder her. When those attempts failed, her old group changed tactics and instead attempted to frame her as Supreme Hydra. While briefly successfully, this effort, too, Brown eventually overcame and Fury finally secured her immunity and a spot on S.H.I.E.L.D. as an operative.

Scorpion
Thasanee Rappaccini spent her early years as Camilla Black until the deaths of her adopted parents resulted in her learning her biological mother had been one of A.I.M.’s Scientists Supreme. This led her to initially join S.H.I.E.L.D. in the hopes that working with them would lead to her finding her mom. At some point, it seemed she became disillusioned with the group and jumped HYDRA instead, becoming partners and lovers with the mole in the Initiative Program, Hardball. She eventually revealed herself to still be with S.H.I.E.L.D. and just spying on HYDRA when she persuaded Hardball to turn himself in and robbed him of his powers. These days, Black seems to have gone freelance, but this may be yet another instance of her pretending on behalf of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Meet the next level of HYDRA’s woman warriors in CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #14 on March 22!

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Sam Wilson faces off against the hordes of Hydra!

Every day we celebrate Captain America’s 75th anniversary by looking deep into the Marvel Unlimited archives and going through some of Steve Rogers’ most thrilling adventures. Happy diamond anniversary Sentinel of Liberty!

Rick Remender’s CAPTAIN AMERICA might have come to an end with the 25th issue, but he continues the adventures of Sam Wilson as Cap in ALL-NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA with artist Stuart Immonen!

Sam’s first full outing as Captain America surpasses Steve’s by a mile. The original Sentinel of Liberty stopped a pair of Nazi spies called Sando and Omar with some assistance from Bucky. Sam? He teams up with the new Nomad and Misty Knight to halt a Hydra plot to sterilize most of the world using the blood of a young Inhuman.

Oh, and did we mention that this version of Hydra boasts Baron Zemo as leader and the likes of Viper, Batroc, Sin, Taskmaster, Baron Blood, Crossbones, and a variety of other rogues among its members? Making matters even worse, Sam’s partner seemingly dies and the patriotic hero loses himself in Bagalia, a country fully run by villains. Luckily, Misty appears just in time to lend a hand in not just getting him to safety, but also filling him in on some of Hydra’s plans.

Though stretched to his limits and beat-up both physically and mentally by Sin, Sam Wilson proves to everyone that he’s worthy of the name Captain America by persevering, stopping the release of the virus and even trying to help Armadillo in the process.

All-New Captain America (2014) #1

All-New Captain America (2014) #1

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During their battle, Sin tries to convince Sam that her father created him as a way to get close to Steve Rogers and spy on him. She brings up the name Snap Wilson, a nickname that Sam went by back in L.A. where he prowled the streets as a hoodlum before meeting Captain America. However, during his encounter with Sin, Sam explains that that stereotype-filled identity actually came about as a result of the Red Skull trying to cast aspersions on the young hero.

However, the true test comes towards the end when Cap battles Zemo and stops two different sterilization plots in ways that only he could have accomplished. First he commands all the birds he can find to eat a huge swarm of fleas who have sucked the Inhuman’s tainted blood. From there he fights Baron Blood, dragging him into the atmosphere so he freezes instead of spilling even a drop of his also-tainted plasma.

In true Captain America fashion, Sam also learns that Misty Knight lied when she said she worked for S.H.I.E.L.D. when they first met in this story. That bit of intrigue continues to hover in the air as this series segues into the massive, reality-shaking Secret Wars event.

Cap Declassified

Sam Wilson’s ability to communicate with birds often raises questions. In CAPTAIN AMERICA #174, Professor Xavier notes that the power stems from Sam’s “paranormal mind” which may or may not indicate his status as a mutant. Later, in #186, during a battle with the Red Skull, the villain claims that he created the connection during a previous encounter thanks to the Cosmic Cube. This issue also features the Skull’s recounting of the Snap Wilson personality which we now know only existed in the madman’s mind!

Next, CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS 70TH ANNIVESARY SPECIAL celebrates seven decades of our hero with a story by James Robinson and Marcos Martin.

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Captain America declares war on HYDRA in this 90's classic!

It’s time to face facts, true believers – the 90’s were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome!

With that in mind, we’ve pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one bodacious fact at a time! This week we’re singling out CAPTAIN AMERICA #3 by Mark Waid and Ron Garney. Here’s “Museum Piece” by the numbers!

Captain America (1998) #3

Captain America (1998) #3

  • Published: March 10, 1998
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 31, 2014
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24 bullets ready to be fired

Art from Captain America #3

Art from Captain America #3

 

11 giant teeth in M.O.D.A.M.’s giant head

Art from Captain America #3

Art from Captain America #3

 

11 Avengers dodging 1 ricocheting shield

Art from Captain America #3

Art from Captain America #3

 

10 straps on 4 S.H.I.E.L.D. agents

Art from Captain America #3

Art from Captain America #3

 

8 guns pointed at 1 Avenger and 2 kids

Art from Captain America #3

Art from Captain America #3

 

8 defeated HYDRA agents

Art from Captain America #3

Art from Captain America #3

 

7 bullets stopped by 1 shield

Art from Captain America #3

Art from Captain America #3

 

2 gossiping HYDRA agents

Art from Captain America #3

Art from Captain America #3

 

For more of Cap’s war on HYDRA, check out CAPTAIN AMERICA on Marvel Unlimited!

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Check out some new Marvel gear featuring your favorite characters, new artwork and clothes that benefit great causes!

By Alex Lopez

Marvelites! Spring is here and the frost is finally beginning to leave. Is it t-shirt weather yet where you are? It will be soon, and the folks at WeLoveFine have got you covered with a slew of fantastic new Marvel designs from some very talented Mighty Fine designers.

"Tony and Tony" WeLoveFine tee designed by Patricio Oliver

From their ongoing collaboration with Kelly Sue DeConnick, a brand new design featuring Captain Marvel and her #1 fan Kit, dedicated to the notion that “Every Little Girl Flies.” This design is now available for not only men and women, but in kid’s sizes as well — plus, by popular demand, the “Carol Corps” and “Princess Sparklefists” Captain Marvel tees are also now available for youth and toddlers. You can find these new designs at the Kelly Sue DeConnick page. As always, Kelly Sue’s commission on the designs will benefit the Girls Leadership Institute.

"Carol Corps" WeLoveFine tee art directed by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Patricio Oliver recently joined the Mighty Fine Artists program after garnering wins in some of WeLoveFine’s popular artist design contests. His first Marvel contributions are excellent mod-influenced takes on Avengers favorites Iron Man, The Hulk and Thor. Plus, fans of Northstar rejoice, he’s got an awesome new shirt as well!

A two-time Marvel grand prize winner (the Avengers and X-Men contests), Antony Rozwadowski is back with another of his clever minimalist designs based on legendary logos. Check out his juxtaposition of Spider-Man and the Sinister Six!

"Protect Space" tee by WeLoveFine

Plus the Marvel verse has gone Hydra-crazy these days, but artist Cory Freeman reminds us where all the madness began! His “Hail Hydra Skull” is a nifty sinister salute to the face of evil.

Are YOU ready for this summer’s intergalactic adventures? Then Nova Corps wants YOU! Among WeLoveFine’s latest designs are a Nova recruitment poster design by Matthew J. Parsons, a minimal Nova Corps Soldier tee, and more.

Who are your favorite magnificent Marvel ladies? If you’re a fan of Rogue or Ms. Marvel, dig into these new designs from one of WeLoveFine’s latest MFA contributors, Sophie Cappellari.

And whether you are ultra-first-class old school or fond of one of the more recent teams, WeLoveFine has a fine selection of new X-Men designs, too!

Is geek fashion more your speed? WeLoveFine will have a big update of new fashion items including men’s and women’s tops, dresses, leggings and more on the way for spring and summer. For now though? Get your mischief on and make ’em kneel in these amazing gold lamé Loki leggings. Shiny!

You can check out WeLoveFine’s Marvel page for these brand new designs, plus many more of your old favorites!

"Tony and Tony" WeLoveFine tee designed by Patricio Oliver

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Lorraine Cink mourns the death of Uatu in Original Sin and remembers the good times, plus movie, TV and comics news!

Original Sin looms over the Marvel Universe, and The Watcher feels the effects!

Lorraine Cink mourns the loss of her pal Uatu, remembering the good times and recapping his life. Plus the Marvel Minute and much more!

The newest edition of The Watcher is here–watch it now!

The Watcher is Marvel.com’s official news and comedy video series covering comics, movies, TV, games, gear and all things Marvel. Tune in weekly for new episodes.

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