Alexander Goodwin Pierce is a fictionalcomic book character appearing in books published by Marvel Comics, usually as a supporting character in stories featuring the U.S. espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D., of which Pierce is an agent.
Alexander Goodwin Pierce was born in Long Island, New York. He majors at S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy in civilian surveillance, and serves in the Accounting Department before becoming a sleeper agent working in decoding dispatches from HYDRA.[volume & issue needed] When S.H.I.E.L.D. is taken over by the Deltites, Nick Fury becomes a renegade and fugitive and recruits Pierce to help him defeat Madame Hydra and the Deltites and take back the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization.[volume & issue needed] Together they perpetrated a series of break-ins at S.H.I.E.L.D. installations, including a Communications Station in Philadelphia; the information they acquired was carefully leaked and inaccurate.[volume & issue needed] Pierce functioned as a contact between Nick Fury and Tony Stark before accompanying Fury to Hong Kong following false leads in search of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s stolen Helicarrier Power Core.[volume & issue needed] After escaping death in an ambush at HYDRA's Hong Kong base, Pierce accompanied Fury to the Himalayas, along with their prisoner, Madame Hydra. Unable to withstand the bitter cold, they were seized by the Deltites and brought to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s orbiting satellite. Aided by Madame Hydra, Pierce and a group of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents escaped and took part in the battle that led to the destruction of the Deltites.[volume & issue needed]
Following the subsequent disbanding of S.H.I.E.L.D., Pierce served as caretaker of the skyscraper that once served as its headquarters.[volume & issue needed] He was then contacted for help by Nick Fury aid him and his allies in vanquishing the Death's Head Squad.[volume & issue needed] He later joins the new version of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury has organized.[volume & issue needed] Pierce subsequently serves as the sometimes personal aide and bodyguard to Fury.[volume & issue needed]
He later appears as the leader of one of Nick Fury's secret independent teams, the Secret Warriors.
In the 2014 Marvel Studios film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Alexander Pierce is a senior leader within S.H.I.E.L.D. and is played by actor Robert Redford. The leader of the HYDRA cell operating within S.H.I.E.L.D., he masterminds Project Insight, the development of three new Helicarriers intended to carry out a mass assassination of all citizens recognized as a threat to HYDRA by an algorithm developed by Arnim Zola (the right-hand man of HYDRA founder Red Skull), in order to allow HYDRA to force the nation into submission. When Nick Fury becomes suspicious of Project Insight, which has been disguised as an effort to recognize and apprehend criminals and terrorists prior to their misdeeds, Pierce commands the Winter Soldier to eliminate Fury. His plan is foiled by Fury, Captain America, Black Widow, the Falcon and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents loyal to them. He is killed by Fury, and his dying words are "Hail HYDRA".