Madame Hydra

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Madame Hydra is the name of several different supervillains in Marvel Comics. It is a name given to a top female operative of Hydra.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Ophelia Sarkissian[edit]

Sixth Madame Hydra[edit]

Madame Hydra
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 (Aug 1988)
Created by Bob Harras
Paul Neary
In-story information
Team affiliations Hydra

The sixth Madame Hydra was created by Bob Harras and Paul Neary, and debuted in Nick Fury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #3 (Aug 1988). Madame Hydra received an entry in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Update '89 #4, under the heading "Madame Hydra VI".

This operative of Hydra impressed her superiors enough that, after only a short time in the organization, they promoted her to the level of Madame Hydra VI (The identities of Madames Hydra I through V, who rank above her, are unknown). One of her first missions as Madame Hydra was to capture Nick Fury and deliver him to the Deltites, a group of artificially created duplicates which were taking over S.H.I.E.L.D. After failing in her mission and discovering that the Deltites were manipulating her, she allied with the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents against the takeover. She was later turned over to federal authorities and was found to be criminally insane, and sent to Arnold Sanitarium for psychiatric treatment (the same sanitarium that Bigfoot was later imprisoned in).[1]

Valentina Allegra de Fontaine[edit]

Valentina Allegra de Fontaine succeeded Viper as Madame Hydra where she wears an elaborate tentacle headdress and elaborate Hydra robes.[2]

Elisa Sinclair[edit]

Elisa Sinclair has appeared in Captain America's implanted memories that Red Skull's clone and Kobik placed in him to make Captain America think that he is a Hydra sleeper agent. She is depicted as an ancient being with magical powers that had an extensive reach.[3]

In the present, Elisa intercepts Taskmaster and Eric O'Grady's Life Model Decoy counterpart Black Ant who were on their way to present evidence of Captain America's brainwashing to Maria Hill.[4] After keeping Taskmaster and Black Ant alive and persuading them to become her personal guards, Elisa then collects a new Hydra High Council consisting of herself, a new Kraken, Gorgon, Hive, Viper, Baron Helmut Zemo, Arnim Zola, and Doctor Faustus.[5]

During the "Opening Salvo" part of the Secret Empire storyline, Elisa reunites with Captain America after he overthrew Red Skull for leadership of Hydra.[6] While in her study room following Hydra's takeover of the United States, Elisa uses her magic spells to counter every one of Doctor Strange's attempts to bring down the Darkforce dome that is surrounding Manhattan. While having tea with Captain America, Elisa is informed of Captain America's suspicion about Baron Zemo and Doctor Faustus' disloyalty. Elisa brushes off the suspicion and tells Captain America that they plan to assemble the Cosmic Cube in order to restore Earth to their vision.[7] Elisa later gives Captain America the updates on the members of Hydra's Avengers. She tells him that Scarlet Witch has become unhinged due to her being possessed by Chthon, Vision is still kept under Hydra's control through Arnim Zola's A.I. Virus, and Odinson is still praying to Odin about his troubles like Jane Foster being trapped in an alternate reality. As Captain America prepares to leave, Elisa tells Captain America that he has become like a son to her.[8] During Hydra's attack on the Underground's base at the Mount, Elisa detects an unusual amount of energy in the Mount and rushes in. Madame Hydra arrives and teleports Captain America away at the last second as the Tony Stark A.I. explodes where it destroys the base and Madame Hydra.[9]

Other versions[edit]

Heroes Reborn[edit]

In the Heroes Reborn reality, Madame Hydra is a terrorist leader. Not much was known about her other than the fact that she answered to Hydra's leader Mandarin, who was actually a robot built by Doctor Doom.[10] She was later killed in battle against Iron Man.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nick Fury Vs. S.H.I.E.L.D. #6
  2. ^ Secret Warriors #3
  3. ^ Captain America: Steve Rogers #2
  4. ^ Captain America: Steve Rogers #12
  5. ^ Captain America: Steve Rogers #14
  6. ^ Captain America: Steve Rogers #16
  7. ^ Secret Empire #1
  8. ^ Secret Empire #5
  9. ^ Secret Empire #6
  10. ^ Iron Man Vol. 2 #1
  11. ^ Iron Man Vol. 2 #10

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