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Quote1 I am the Kraken. I help people become who they are meant to be. Quote2
Daniel Whitehall[src]


When the sentient Cosmic Cube Kobik rewrote Steve Rogers' past in order to turn him into a Hydra operative, she also rewrote Daniel Whitehall's life, making him a Hydra operative decades before he founded Hydra with Baron von Strucker in the original timeline.

In this alternate history, Whitehall was turned into the Kraken by Sir Isaac Newton, the man who birthed Hydra from the Spear.[1] In 1926, Whitehall joined Elisa Sinclair and Dr. Sebastian Fenhoff in their attempts to indoctrinate the young Steve Rogers into becoming a loyal Hydra follower.[2]

In 1934, when Rogers tried to escape from The Keep, the Hydra compound where he was held, Whitehall intercepted him, wearing the Kraken Armor. With an inspiring speech, Whitehall tried to convince the boy to stay with Hydra and fulfill his destiny of becoming a great leader, saying that together the two of them could save the world.[3]

In 1936, another Hydra leader, Baron Heinrich Zemo, came to The Keep to discuss Hydra's next course of action with Sinclair, Whitehall, and Fenhoff. Whitehall agreed with Zemo's plan to infiltrate the Nazi ranks to use them to fulfill their own goals, and maybe even formally align Hydra with Axis powers, but Elisa Sinclair was sceptical. After the meeting, Sinclair told Whitehall that she felt that Hitler wasn't the man they were waiting for, because the man who would bring Hydra to its greatest glory was already among them.[4] In 1940, Whitehall and Fenhoff sent Rogers back to the United States of America to infiltrate Project Rebirth.[5]

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At Ashomia with Rogers, Newton, and Nostradamus

In 1945, Whitehall met with Steve Rogers in Ashomia, Japan, the source of all of Hydra's power. They entered a cave and made their way down a staircase. With Hydra's "Father" Isaac Newton, Whitehall told Rogers that the Allies were going to use a Cosmic Cube to rewrite reality itself and win the war. Nostradamus, chained in front of a pond, explained that the Red Skull would recover the Cube and would use it to restore Rogers back to his reality before the Allies interfered, and he must do all that was necessary to restore the world. When reality started to change, Whitehall ordered Rogers to jump into the pond to protect himself from the reality change, and explained that once he awakened, he would find himself in the altered version of reality.[1]



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