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"Report to your stations immediately. This is not a drill. We are under attack. We are under attack."
Wolfgang von Strucker[src]

The Attack on the HYDRA Research Base was a confrontation between the Avengers and Wolfgang von Strucker's HYDRA cell that served as the final battle of the War on HYDRA.

Background

"I'm guessing HYDRA doesn't know that Loki's Scepter was the weapon that killed me, but I bet they know it can control minds."
"In their hands, that's catastrophic. Coulson, please tell me you know where it is."
"Sokovia. Pretty sure List is headed there right now."
Phil Coulson and Maria Hill[src]

During an assault on a HYDRA research facilityPhil Coulson downloaded files that revealed the location of Wolfgang von Strucker and his illegal experiments. The files also revealed HYDRA was in possession of the Scepter wielded by Loki during the Battle of New York.

Coulson relayed the information to Maria Hill, informing her that the Scepter was located at a base in Sokovia before suggesting that the Avengers be brought in.[2]

Sometime later, the Avengers agreed to launch a surprise attack against HYDRA and permanently foil their plans.[1]

Attack

The Battle Begins

"We will not yield. The Americans send their circus freaks to test us. We will send them back in bags. No surrender!"
Wolfgang von Strucker[src]
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HYDRA soldiers fire at the Avengers

Upon arriving in Sokovia, the Avengers wasted no time in carrying out their plan, unaware that Strucker was aware of their presence and had alerted his men.

Black Widow and Hawkeye drove through the forest in a stolen Jeep, the latter neutralizing several HYDRA soldiers with his trick arrows.

As the team converged on the perimeter, Black Widow crashed the Jeep and jumped out with Hawkeye before helping Captain America, Thor and Hulk fight off incoming soldiers.

Iron Man attempted to enter the compound only to be repelled by an energy shield. J.A.R.V.I.S. analyzed the shield and mentioned that Strucker's technology was more advanced than the other bases they had raided.

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Wolfgang von Strucker rallies the troops

Inside the compound, Strucker deployed the tanks as List proposed that they send Pietro and Wanda Maximoff as a distraction. Strucker refused, confident that his men were capable of emerging victorious.

Meanwhile, J.A.R.V.I.S. alerted Iron Man that the soldiers were firing on Novi Grad, prompting the latter to send the Iron Legion to prevent any civilian casualties. Despite open hostility, the Legion managed to get several civilians to safety.

Inside the base, Strucker rallied his men with a speech before privately telling List that he planned to surrender and carefully instructing the scientist to erase all data from the base's computers. Before List could take any action, however, the two realized the twins were missing.

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Pietro Maximoff taunts Hawkeye

In the forest, Hawkeye was preparing to fire an explosive arrow at a bunker when he was distracted by Pietro, who used his supersonic speed to taunt the former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent before taking off.

Hawkeye prepared to fire at Pietro only to be shot in the side by one of the bunker's cannons and fatally wounded. Black Widow came to his aid and tended to the wound as Hulk destroyed the bunker.

Pietro, meanwhile, attacked Captain America before making his way back to the base. Captain America relayed the information to Iron Man and followed Pietro as Thor helped Black Widow escort Hawkeye to the Quinjet.[1]

Raiding the Facility

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Iron Man infiltrates the compound

"Strucker's technology is well beyond any other HYDRA base we've taken."
"Loki's Scepter must be here. Strucker couldn't mount this defense without it."
J.A.R.V.I.S. and Thor[src]

Locating a power source in the compound's northern section, Iron Man destroyed it and disabled the energy shield. He proceeded to subdue several soldiers with ease before locating List, who was in the process of deleting his files.

After killing List with a repulsor ray, Iron Man placed the Mark XLIII in automated sentry mode before tasking J.A.R.V.I.S. with copying the remaining files and sending them to Avengers Tower.

Back in the forest, the HYDRA soldiers surrendered and were taken into custody as Black Widow approached Hulk and hummed a lullaby that helped him calm down and transform back into Bruce Banner.[1]

Retrieving the Scepter

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Captain America confronts Strucker

"Guys, I got Strucker."
"Yeah, I got... something bigger."
Captain America and Iron Man[src]

While Iron Man discovered a secret passageway, Captain America confronted Strucker about his experiments only to be attacked by Wanda, who used her powers to throw him down a flight of stairs before fleeing the scene.

Quickly recovering from the attack, Captain America used his shield to subdue Strucker before informing the others of what transpired.

Meanwhile, Iron Man followed the secret passageway until he entered a laboratory housing, among other things, Chitauri armor and weaponry, partially-constructed robots and a Leviathan corpse. Locating the Scepter, he told Thor that he had "eyes on the prize" before moving forward to take it from its resting place. Before he could do so, however, Wanda crept up behind him and used her powers to implant a vision into his mind.

Sensing Wanda's presence, Iron Man turned around only to find he was alone. Suddenly, the Leviathan corpse came to life as Iron Man found himself standing in Chitauri Space, surrounded by his teammates' dead bodies and forced to watch the Chitauri invade Earth.

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Iron Man takes the Scepter

As Wanda and Pietro observed from the shadows, Iron Man snapped out of the trance and, after regaining his bearings, summoned one of his armor gauntlets before taking the Scepter.

Despite Pietro's protests, Wanda allowed Iron Man to leave in the hope that his actions would cause the Avengers' destruction.[1]

Aftermath

"It feels good, yeah? I mean, you've been after this thing since S.H.I.E.L.D. collapsed. Not that I haven't enjoyed our little raiding parties, but..."
"No, but this... This brings it to a close."
"As soon as we find out what else this has been used for. I don't just mean weapons. Since when is Strucker capable of human enhancement?"
"Banner and I'll give it the once over before it goes back to Asgard. Is that cool with you? I mean, just a few days 'til the farewell party."
Iron Man, Thor and Captain America[src]
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The Ultron Program is born

Following the raid, NATO took Strucker and the surviving soldiers into their custody while the Avengers brought the Scepter back to the United States

Deeply affected by his vision, Iron Man became determined to ensure global peace. After discovering an artificial intelligence hidden inside the scepter's gem, he used it to create the Ultron Program.

However, the program became self-aware and convinced itself humanity was responsible for preventing peace. Ultron proceeded to engage in a confrontation with the Avengers before making his way to Sokovia, creating a new body for himself, and reconfiguring the robots to serve as his sentinels.[1]

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