Alexander Goodwin Pierce

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Alexander Goodwin Pierce
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceNick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 (August 1988)
Created byBob Harras (writer)
Paul Neary (artist)
In-story information
Team affiliationsS.H.I.E.L.D.
Secret Warriors
Notable aliasesAnthony Duranti

Alexander Goodwin Pierce is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, usually as a supporting character in stories featuring the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. as an agent.

A re-imagining of the character as a Hydra agent is portrayed by Robert Redford in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Publication history[edit]

The character, created by Bob Harras and Paul Neary, first appeared in Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 (August 1988).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Alexander Pierce was born on Long Island, New York. He majored 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.[1] After escaping death in an ambush at HYDRA's Hong Kong base, Pierce accompanied Nick 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.[2]

He later appears as the leader of one of Nick Fury's secret independent teams following Secret War (Pierce's being Black; recon), the Secret Warriors.[3]

Other versions[edit]

Mutant X[edit]

In other media[edit]



  • Robert Redford portrays Alexander Pierce in the 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier.[5] This version is the Secretary of the fictional World Security Council, Nick Fury's close friend, and the Winter Soldier's handler. The leader of a Hydra cell within S.H.I.E.L.D., he masterminds Project Insight as an effort to recognize and apprehend criminals and terrorists prior to misdeeds via Helicarriers. In actuality, Pierce's plan intends to carry out mass assassinations of citizens recognized as a threat to Hydra based on Arnim Zola's algorithm to force the world into submission. Pierce's plan is foiled by loyal S.H.I.E.L.D. agents; the Falcon stops Project Insight and Steve Rogers fights the Winter Soldier atop Hydra's corrupted Helicarriers, Pierce tries to escape with Natasha Romanoff as a hostage before being gunned down by his former friend, uttering "Hail Hydra" as his last words.
  • Redford reprises the role in the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame.[6] Following the Battle of New York, Pierce sends his Hydra cell's agents to get Loki's Scepter while Pierce himself tries to take custody of Loki and the Tesseract, arguing that the Tesseract belongs to S.H.I.E.L.D. and opposes the matter with Tony Stark and Thor.


  1. ^ Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #3
  2. ^ Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #6
  3. ^ Secret Warriors #11
  4. ^ Mutant X #1
  5. ^ "'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' filming begins". Marvel. April 8, 2013. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  6. ^ Hood, Cooper (April 27, 2019). "Every Character In Avengers: Endgame". Screen Rant. Retrieved April 28, 2019.

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