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I am not a recording, fräulein. I may not be the man I was when the Captain took me prisoner in 1945, but I am.
―Arnim Zola to Black Widow


Arnim Zola is a supervillain from Marvel Comics, specifically for Captain America. He is the secondary antagonist of the 2011 live-action film Captain America: The First Avenger and a minor antagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is a Nazi scientist from Switzerland who has survived to the current day by experimenting on himself.

Arnim Zola was created by Jack Kirby.

Background

Physical appearance

Arnim Zola, prior to his brain being uploaded digitally, was a short, squat, blond-haired man wearing spectacles. He frequently wore a Nazi outfit with a fedora as well as a scientist garb when doing scientist work.

After his brain upload, he appeared on monitors as green coding matching his face. The camera that allows him to "see" is right over the screen with the face coding, giving him some slight physical similitude with his comics/EMH versions.

Powers and abilities

  • Genius level intellect: Arnim Zola is a genius in modification and mutations.
  • Cyberkinesis: Due to his brain being uploaded digitally, he had direct access to cyberspace, capable of accessing networks, and even communicating with his agents at SHIELD via the internet to relay target locations. In addition, he also was able to transfer his consciousness to another monitor should one monitor end up damaged, as evidenced by his being relatively unphased by Captain America punching out the monitor he had initially been using.

Appearances

Marvel Animated Universe

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Zola is first seen as one of the prisoners in the Big House when Whirlwind is brought there. He escapes during the breakout.

When Baron Zemo finds out Captain America lives again, he gets Arnim Zola's help to keep Cap's new allies, the Avengers, busy with Doughboys while he faces Cap at Avengers' Mansion.

Afterwards, he is seen with Zemo and the Masters of Evil on multiple occasions.

The Enchantress then goes to Zola to find Zemo. When he refuses he traps her and the exocutioner in a Doughboy, they quickly escape and attack him. He is presumed dead

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Captain America: The First Avenger

Originally from Switzerland, Arnim Zola had worked for HYDRA as the chief weapons designer for its original leader, the Red Skull. However, he was captured by the Howling Commandos aboard a train taking him back to HYDRA's main facility. Although he was implanted with a cyanide tooth pill, he didn't use it, as he wasn't willing to risk his life for Red Skull. In exchange for ensuring his safe return to Switzerland and working with the Allies, for the remainder of the war, Zola supplied to the SSR everything he knew about Red Skull, including the location of his top secret bunker.

Agent Carter

You had a vision, and it didn't come to pass. What is the point of anything now? But given time, and a bit of quiet, new visions will arise. I am familiar with your work on matters of the mind, Herr Doktor. It would give me great pleasure to hear your thoughts on this. Perhaps, there is another way for us to collaborate. I know things seem bleak. But you are, in fact, a fortunate man. You're in prison, yes, but it is an American prison. And America is the land of oppurtunity.
―Arnim Zola to Johann Fennhoff

After World War II, Arnim Zola was sent one of SSR's prisons. One day, he received a new cellmate called Johann Fennhoff. Zola told Fennhoff that he is a big fan of his work. He also gives him a pencil and a paper so they can collaborate, telling him the advantages of the American justice system.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Secretly, Zola managed to retrieve a near-dead Bucky Barnes, whom he had previously experimented on in Italy with a supersoldier experiment in the crevice he fell into during the aforementioned mission to capture him. He then proceeded, alongside what were presumably Soviet soldiers affiliated with HYDRA, to heavily experiment on him, including supplying Barnes with a prosthetic arm and brainwashing him into becoming a high-level, infamous Soviet assassin known only as the Winter Soldier.

During the 1950s, Dr. Zola alongside several former Nazi Scientists, as part of Operation Paperclip, were recruited into aiding in the creation of SHIELD. Zola, seeing an opportunity to ensure HYDRA would be revived within SHIELD without their even suspecting it and continue their goals to eliminate freedom in a subtle manner, managed to recruit several members into HYDRA, ensuring that SHIELD became HYDRA in all but name and dominate the world. Presumably, he was also responsible for the death of Howard Stark. By the 1970s, he was struck with a terminal illness. Despite his body's death, Zola himself did not die: Instead, he had his mind uploaded into several network computers underneath Camp Langley in New Jersey, assuming secret command over both HYDRA and SHIELD via a network of computers. He also hid it deep below SHIELD's original headquarters, already situated below the camp. He orchestrated Operation Insight, which ensured the targeting and elimination of all of HYDRA's enemies in one fell swoop via the digital age.

Captain America, having been thawed out for a few years in the 21st century, eventually discovered alongside former KGB agent Nastasha Romanov, Zola, and HYDRA's role in SHIELD's current actions. He relayed the plans to Captain America, while secretly transmitting their location in an attempt to ensure his death. Presumably, Zola was destroyed for good from the bomb strike, although he failed in having the two killed. Ultimately, his plans with Operation Insight failed, although he still had some HYDRA agents scattered.

What If...?

Arnim Zola was first seen carrying a box with the Tesseract when riding in HYDRA's truck. As he's about to deliver it to its leader, Red Skull, the army are ambushed by Captain Carter. With the army defeated, he was captured by Carter and acquired the Tesseract.

Disney Parks

Iron Man Experience

Arnim Zola is the main-antagonist of this attraction, leading HYDRA in an attack on the Stark Expo in Hong Kong, attempting to steal an arc reactor. Due to this, he and his HYDRA soldiers engage in battle with Iron Man and guests in the, "Iron-Wing" flight-crafts. Ultimately, HYDRA is defeated and the day is saved.

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!

This attraction is set congruently to the events of the Iron Man experience. It is revealed that Zola designed and released an army of minuscule robots which Iron Man called upon Ant-Man and the Wasp to assist in fighting as they try to steal a S.H.I.E.L.D. data-core.

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Films: Marvel Rising: InitiationMarvel Rising: Secret WarriorsMarvel Rising: Chasing GhostsMarvel Rising: Heart of IronMarvel Rising: Battle of the BandsMarvel Rising: Operation ShuriMarvel Rising: Playing with Fire

Television: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesUltimate Spider-ManAvengers AssembleHulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.Guardians of the GalaxySpider-ManM.O.D.O.K.Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur
Books: Ultimate Spider-Man: Why I Hate GymUltimate Spider-Man: Flight of the Iron Spider!Ultimate Spider-Man: Venom!Ultimate Spider-Man: Doomed!Ultimate Spider-Man: Great ResponsibilityUltimate Spider-Man: Great Power
Video Games: Marvel Avengers: Battle for EarthIron Man 3: The Official GameDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Infinity: 3.0 EditionMarvel: Contest of ChampionsMarvel: Avengers AllianceMarvel vs. Capcom series (Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite)

Characters
Heroes: Spider-ManIron ManCaptain AmericaHulkThor OdinsonHawkeyeBlack WidowFalconA-BombRed HulkShe-HulkSkaarWolverinePower ManWhite TigerIron FistNovaMr. FantasticInvisible WomanHuman TorchThe ThingGhost RiderPunisherStar-LordGamoraRocket RaccoonDrax the DestroyerGrootHank PymScott LangWaspVisionCaptain MarvelMar-VellBlack PantherBucky BarnesQuakeDoc SamsonCloak and DaggerDoctor StrangeCrystal AmaquelinSquirrel GirlKa-ZarMedusa AmaquelinBlack BoltTritonMockingbirdAdam WarlockBeta Ray BillMs. MarvelBlack CatSpider-Girl (Petra Parker)Madame WebSpider-GwenSpider-Man (Miles Morales)Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon)Scarlet SpiderBeastBladeMoon KnightCyclopsStormAngelaInfernoBeetleSongbirdTechnoAtlasMeteoriteSpider-WomanRed GuardianDarkstarRadioactive ManUrsa MajorWerewolf by NightMan-ThingFrankenstein's MonsterN'KantuTippy-Toe

Villains: Red SkullMODOKAbominationLoki LaufeysonUltronWhiplashVenomDoctor OctopusLeaderDoctor DoomNighthawkDoctor SpectrumPower PrincessSpeed DemonSuper-AdaptoidAnnihilusDestroyerGrim ReaperCrimson DynamoGreen GoblinLizardTaskmasterSandmanElectroHydro-ManKraven the HunterBaron StruckerRonan the AccuserGalactusThanosViperEnchantressMagnetoMystiqueBaron ZemoNebulaKorathSurturFire DemonsMichael KorvacMaestroMorgan le FayBlack Widow IIBatrocShockerVultureGhostSeekerGrowing ManDormammuDraculaUltimoSandgirlHalaHigh Evolutionary
Other Characters: Nick FuryMaria HillJane FosterJ.A.R.V.I.S.DeadpoolHarry OsbornHoward the DuckCosmo the SpacedogOdin BorsonBen ParkerMay ParkerBetty BrantLiz AllanMuneeba KhanJ. Jonah Jameson

Episodes
Ultimate Spider-Man episode listAvengers Assemble episode listGuardians of the Galaxy episode listSpider-Man episode list
Organizations
AvengersGuardians of the GalaxyS.H.I.E.L.D.Nick Fury's Howling CommandosHYDRAA.I.M.Stark IndustriesSquadron SupremeMasters of EvilThe Sinister SixKreeInhumansFantastic FourWinter GuardDefendersDamage Control
Objects/Weapons
Captain America's ShieldIron Man's ArmorMjolnirPym Particles


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Media
Movies: The AvengersIron Man 3Thor: The Dark WorldCaptain America: The Winter SoldierGuardians of the GalaxyAvengers: Age of UltronAnt-ManCaptain America: Civil WarDoctor StrangeGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Spider-Man: HomecomingThor: RagnarokBlack PantherAvengers: Infinity WarAnt-Man and the WaspCaptain MarvelAvengers: EndgameSpider-Man: Far From HomeBlack WidowShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Upcoming: EternalsSpider-Man: No Way HomeDoctor Strange in the Multiverse of MadnessThor: Love and ThunderBlack Panther: Wakanda ForeverThe MarvelsAnt-Man and the Wasp: QuantumaniaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Fantastic FourBladeDeadpool 3Captain America 4

TV Shows:
Marvel Television: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Agent CarterDaredevilJessica JonesLuke CageIron FistThe DefendersInhumansThe PunisherRunawaysCloak & DaggerHelstrom
Marvel Studios: WandaVisionThe Falcon and The Winter SoldierLokiWhat If...?HawkeyeMs. MarvelMoon KnightShe-HulkSecret InvasionIronheartArmor WarsI Am GrootEchoUntitled Agatha Harkness show
Specials: Marvel Studios: Assembling a UniverseMarvel 75 Years: From Pulp to PopThe Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Cancelled: InhumansNew Warriors
Marvel One-Shots: Item 47Agent CarterAll Hail the King
Books: The Art of Marvel's The AvengersThor: The Dark World: Warriors of the RealmsCaptain America: The Winter Soldier – The Movie StorybookCaptain America: The Winter Soldier: Rescue at SeaThe Story of Marvel Studios: The Making of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Video games: Marvel Avengers: Battle for EarthIron Man 3: The Official GameDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionDisney Infinity: 3.0 EditionMarvel: Contest of ChampionsMarvel: Avengers AllianceMarvel vs. Capcom series (Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite)
Soundtracks: ThorThe AvengersIron Man 3Captain America: The Winter SoldierGuardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 2Black WidowShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Disney Parks
Avengers Campus(Avengers Campus (Disney California Adventure)/Avengers Campus (Walt Disney Studios Park)/Stark Expo (Hong Kong Disneyland)) • Avengers QuinjetAnt-Man and The Wasp: Nano Battle!Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic RewindGuardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!Iron Man ExperienceIron Man Tech ShowcaseIron Man JukeboxMarvel's Mission: Dimensions of DangerSuper Hero HQThe AnnexWeb Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure

Entertainment: Avengers Training InitiativeDoctor Strange: Journey into the Mystic ArtsGuardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!Marvel Heroes UniteMarvel Comic AcademyStark Expo présente : une énergie pour demain!
Restaurants: Pym Test Kitchen
Shops: Expo ShopPavilion GiftsThe Collector’s Warehouse
Firework: Disney Movie MagicILLUMINATE! A Nighttime CelebrationWorld of Color: Celebrate!

Characters
Heroes: Iron ManPepper PottsWar MachineHulkThor OdinsonJane FosterBlack WidowHawkeyeCaptain AmericaPeggy CarterSam Wilson/Falcon/Captain AmericaNick FuryStar-LordGamoraDrax the DestroyerGrootRocket RaccoonMantisScarlet WitchQuicksilverVisionHank PymJanet van DyneHope van DyneScott LangBlack PantherShuriOkoyeNakiaSpider-ManDoctor StrangeHeimdallValkyrieCaptain MarvelMonica RambeauDaredevilJessica JonesLuke CageIron FistRed GuardianMelina VostokoffYelena BelovaShang-ChiKaty ChenMs. MarvelHawkeye (Kate Bishop)Deadpool

Villains: LeaderAbominationWhiplashJustin HammerRed SkullLoki LaufeysonThanosAldrich KillianTrevor SlatteryEric SavinEllen BrandtMalekithAlgrimThe Winter SoldierAlexander PierceCrossbonesArnim ZolaThe OtherNebulaRonan the AccuserKorath the PursuerCollectorUlysses KlaueUltronBaron StruckerWilson Fisk/KingpinKilgraveBaron ZemoCottonmouthBlack MariahShadesDiamondbackKarl MordoKaeciliusBride of Nine SpidersEgo the Living PlanetAyeshaTaserfaceThe VultureShockerTinkererMaximusSurturHelaErik KillmongerGhostSonny BurchYon-RoggDr. Minn-ErvaSupreme IntelligenceEbony MawCorvus GlaiveProxima MidnightCull ObsidianMorgan le FayMysterioAgatha HarknessValentina Allegra de FontaineKang/He Who RemainsTaskmasterGeneral DreykovWenwuDeath DealerRazor FistDoctor OctopusGreen GoblinElectro
Other characters: Phil CoulsonMaria HillJ.A.R.V.I.S.Erik SelvigMaya HansenHarley KeenerOdin BorsonVolstaggHogunFandralSifHappy HoganSharon CarterSenator SternDarcy LewisFriggaBorRhomann DeyYondu UdontaCarinaIrani RaelVice President RodriguezHoward the DuckGarthan SaalCosmo the SpacedogEdwin JarvisCassandra LangStickAncient OneClaire TempleChristine PalmerHoward StarkAunt MayEverett RossBetty BrantMichelle JonesNed LeedsRamondaM'BakuZuriT'ChakaF.R.I.D.A.Y.GooseMar-VellMorgan StarkJ. Jonah JamesonPunisherTrish WalkerJeri HogarthMisty KnightColleen WingKaren PageTina Minoru
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. characters: Daisy Johnson/QuakeGrant WardLeo FitzJemma SimmonsMelinda MayJohn GarrettMichael PetersonFranklin HallAce PetersonChan Ho YinMiles LydonVictoria HandAkela AmadorRainaElliot RandolphIan QuinnLoreleiAudrey NathanAgent KoenigAntoine TriplettMockingbirdAbsorbing ManAgent 33Isabelle HartleyLance HunterDaniel WhitehallCalvin ZaboRobert GonzalesAlphonso MackenzieLincoln CampbellGordonYo-YoGhost Rider (Johnny Blaze)Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes)Holden RadcliffePatriotKasiusSinaraSargeIzelPhil Coulson (LMD)Freddy MalickErnest KoenigViolaSibylNathaniel MalickThomas WardKoraGrillEllen NadeerChristian Ward
Inhumans characters: Black BoltMedusa AmaquelinCrystal AmaquelinKarnakGorgon
Runaways characters: Alex WilderNico MinoruKarolina DeanGertrude YorkesChase SteinMolly Hernandez
Cloak & Dagger characters: Tyrone Johnson/CloakTandy Bowen/DaggerMayhem
WandaVision characters: Sharon Davis/Mrs. HartTodd Davis/Mr. HartRalph BohnerAbilash Tandon/NormHarold Proctor/Phil JonesCommercial ManCommercial WomanDennisSarah Proctor/Dottie JonesIsabel Matsueda/BeverlyJohn Collins/HerbAgent Franklin/BeekeeperSeñor ScratchyDoctor NielsonBilly MaximoffTommy MaximoffDirector HaywardAgent Monti/The StrongmanAgent RodriguezDr. HighlandSparkyMajor GoodnerEvanora HarknessIryna MaximoffOlek Maximoff
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier characters: John Walker/U.S. AgentKarli MorgenthauJoaquin TorresSarah WilsonDr. RaynorYoriLeahLemar Hoskins/BattlestarIsaiah BradleyEli BradleyOlivia WalkerSelbyDr. Nagel
Loki characters: Sylvie LaufeydottirMobiusRavonna RenslayerHunter B-15CaseyMiss MinutesHunter C-20Kid LokiAlligator LokiClassic LokiBoastful LokiPresident LokiTime KeepersAlioth
What If...? characters: The Watcher

Episodes
ABC: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode listAgent Carter episode listInhumans episode list
Netflix: Daredevil episode listJessica Jones episode listLuke Cage episode listIron Fist episode listThe Defenders episode listThe Punisher episode list
Hulu: Runaways episode list
Freeform: Cloak & Dagger episode list
Disney+: WandaVision episode listThe Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode listLoki episode listWhat If...? episode list
Songs
"Shoot To Thrill" • "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" • "Trouble Man" • "Hooked on a Feeling" • "Spirit In The Sky" • "Cherry Bomb" • "Come and Get Your Love" • "I Want You Back" • "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" • "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" • "Go All The Way" • "Moonage Daydream" • "I'm Not In Love" • "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" • "O-o-h Child" • "Magic" • "Live To Rise" • "I've Got No Strings" • "Left Hand Free" • "Mr. Blue Sky" • "The Chain" • "Born to Be Wild" • "Immigrant Song" • "C'mon Get Happy" • "Twilight Time" • "Holding Out for a Hero" • "Demons" • "Dark Moon" • "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)" • "Smells Like Teen Spirit" • "A Whole New World" • "Let It Go" • "Into the Unknown"

Original Songs: "A Newlywed Couple" • "WandaVision!" • "We Got Something Cooking" • "Making It Up As We Go Along" • "Let's Keep It Going" • "Agatha All Along" • "Jeg Saler Min Ganger"

Weapons/Objects
Super Soldier SerumCaptain America's ShieldMjolnirTesseractLoki's ScepterIron Man (armor)ExtremisIron LegionIron Patriot (armor)AetherInfinity StonesCentipede0-8-4Berserker StaffWidow's BiteEXO-7 FalconOrbUniversal WeaponGravitoniumPym ParticlesDivinerVibraniumInfinity GauntletWeb-ShootersTemPad
Vehicles
S.H.I.E.L.D. HelicarrierQuinjetValkyrieMilanoThe BusDark AsterLola
Organizations/Groups
AvengersChitauriStark IndustriesS.H.I.E.L.D.A.I.M.AsgardiansFire DemonsDark ElvesFrost GiantsHYDRAWorld Security CouncilGuardians of the GalaxyNova CorpsKreeSakaaransRising TideCentipede ProjectCybertekXandariansStrikeRavagersInhumansThe HandDefendersBlack OrderEternalsFantastic FourS.W.O.R.D.United NationsFlag SmashersTime Variance AuthorityVariants
Locations
New York (state)New York CityAvengers TowerAsgardIndiaStuttgartGermanyNine RealmsLondonEnglandProject P.E.G.A.S.U.S.Tony Stark's MansionTriskelionWakandaXandarMorag • Guest House • The HubKnowhereShawarma PalaceSanctuaryHong KongEgoNew Avengers FacilityVormirQuantum RealmNew JerseyWestviewMassachusettsRalph Bohner's HouseLamentis-1The VoidCitadel at the End of TimeSan Francisco
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