When the sentient Cosmic Cube named Kobik first came to existence by the hand of S.H.I.E.L.D. and manifested in the form of a scared child, it used her power of omnipresence to secretly seek the clone of the original Red Skull. The Red Skull once had in his possession a Comic Cube that was eventually shattered by Captain America. When S.H.I.E.L.D. used one its fragments to create Kobik, its connection with the Red Skull passed on to Kobik. The Red Skull took advantage of Kobik's naivety to indoctrinate her in the ways of Hydra behind S.H.I.E.L.D.'s back. The Red Skull then executed his greatest scheme, and had Kobik turn Captain America into the best version of himself, which for Kobik entailed he had to be loyal to Hydra.[1]

To this end, Kobik used her omnipotent powers to create an alternate timeline in which Steve Rogers was proselytized into Hydra when he was a kid.[2][3]

In this version of history, similarly to the original, the Red Skull was a high-ranking member of the Nazi Party that became known to the Allied Forces in 1942.[4] When the Third Reich joined forces with the ancient cult known as Hydra, Red Skull's machinations ensured the organization became subsumed into the Nazi Party. He anonymously provided the Allies with intelligence regarding the whereabouts of Hydra's leader, Baron Heinrich Zemo,[5] which led to his death.[6] By 1945, other two high-ranking Hydra members pledged loyalty to the Red Skull, Sebastian Fenhoff and Arnim Zola. This same year, Captain America's year-long pursuit for the Red Skull came to an end in Berlin. Rogers tried to confront Shmidt, but the Red Skull used his best friend Helmut Zemo as leverage to force him to pledge loyalty.[5]

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