the young Steve Rogers first came into contact with Hydra when he was six years old in 1926; after his mother, Sarah was introduced by a high-ranking member, Elisa Sinclair into a local charity community which served as a front for Hydra. When Elisa had Sarah's abusive husband, Joseph murdered, Sarah attempted to leave with Steve in order to save his life. Elisa confronted her before she had the chance, and Sarah seemingly died in the ensuing skirmish when she hit her head. Steve was then abducted to a private school which in fact was a Hydra training facility called The Keep. Elisa vouched for him, claiming he was the one they had been looking for.
Due to Steve's indomitable will and incorruptable hope, Hydra's earliest efforts at indoctrination (weaponizing) failed. Because of this, he was regularly placed in solitary confinement and forced to watch reeducation films. In spite of his considerably brilliant academic abilities, Steve's poor physical condition and proneness to illness caused him to be rejected by both his instructors, most notably Dr. Fenhoff, and his pawns. In 1934, during one of Steve's many attempts to escape from The Keep, he was convinced to stay by Daniel Whitehall, Kraken, who encouraged Steve to prove himself and embrace Hydra's beliefs, to value collectivism over individualism and to pursue the leadership of the strong. A year passed by and Dr. Fenhoff became to accept Steve due to his exhibition of leadership and dedication to Hydra's cause. Steve additionally met who would become his best and only friend, Helmut Zemo.
In Other Media
- The HYDRA version of Captain America was featured in Diamond Select's Minimates line as part of a two-pack with Ironheart.
- A Lego minifig of the HYDRA Captain America was available as a San Diego Comic-Con 2016 exclusive.
- Funko produced a HYDRA Captain America Pop! bobblehead as a Hot Topic exclusive. The figure was a repaint of the Civil Warrior figure from the Marvel Contest of Champions video game.
- The HYDRA version of Captain America was featured in Hasbro's Marvel Universe line.
- Hydra Supreme was included in a Marvel Legends two-pack from Hasbro, alongside Arnim Zola.