The Kidnapping of Howard Stark was Johann Fennhoff's successful mission to abduct Howard Stark from the Strategic Scientific Reserve in order to force him to deploy Midnight Oil over thousands of people in New York City.
Johann Fennhoff swore revenge on Howard Stark for the death of his brother by the Stark invention Midnight Oil during the Battle of Finow. During his revenge plot, Fennhoff had the inventions of Stark stolen, but they were recovered by Strategic Scientific Reserve Agent Peggy Carter and collected by the New York Bell Company Office branch of the organization.. Among the collected were canisters of the gas; Dottie Underwood learned that the gas was in the collection when she saw a picture of it when she infiltrated Carter's room in the Griffith Hotel. Fennhoff used his power of hypnotism to gain the containers and used the death of Chief Roger Dooley to distract the agents as he escaped. To test the virility of the gas, Fennhoff had Underwood test it in a theater.
During the investigation of the cinema theater, Stark went to the SSR and told them everything he knew about his relationship with Fennhoff, the Battle of Finow, and Midnight Oil. Stark desired to be used as bait to lure Fennhoff into the open, despite the protests of Carter. The SSR set up a public press conference to exonerate Stark of being a suspect in traitorous activity, with the New York City Police Department helping with security. Unbeknownst to everyone, Officer Pike was under the thrall of Fennhoff.
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