- —Laura Brown[src]
Laura Brown is the daughter of Arnold Brown, the leader of Hydra and his wife. While she exceeded as a ruthless, efficient Hydra agent, she was unconvinced of her father's plan to take over the world in order to provide her "everything that she (her mother) never had.
She saved Nick Fury's life when he was captured by HYDRA by helping him escape and joining him in a firefight against Hydra agents. She begged Fury to not harm her father but, once they found the Imperial Hydra, he had already been murdered by other Hydra agents. Fury, feeling that he owed Laura, allowed her to escape capture by consciously providing confusing orders - otherwise she would have to face charges.
Fury made an effort to get Brown an special amnesty but, when this was on process, HYDRA (now under the control of a new Supreme Hydra) made several attempts against her life, injuring the top-level agents that Fury had assigned to escort her - Gabriel Jones and Jasper Sitwell - and forcing Fury to assign her protection to Agent John Bronson - who was secretly the Supreme Hydra in disguise. She suspected this truth but, when trying to get proof of it using S.H.I.E.L.D.'s supercomputer AUTOFAC, "Bronson" captured her by surprise and faked new proof suggesting that Brown was the Supreme Hydra. "Bronson" easily convinced Fury that Brown had staged Hydra's attempts against her own life, although Sitwell was not that convinced. "Bronson" later destroyed AUTOFAC, knocked Brown down with death-sleep serum so she could not testify against him, and ensured that he himself would be in charge of transporting the supposedly injured Brown - only he took her to Hydra Island.
Once in Hydra Island, Bronson scheduled a mock judgement on Brown for treachery and threatened to release a death spores plague on the world, from a weapon hidden on board the Helicarrier, should Hydra find Brown guilty, sparing only the countries that surrender to Hydra.
Fury, suspicious of Bronson, had infiltrated Hydra Island, but he was captured and judged himself by Bronson - who revealed his true identity as Supreme Hydra Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, with Brown helplessly watching. Fury escaped and confronted Hydra goons and Strucker himself, taking a chance to impersonate Strucker with a mask and to use Hydra's face-swapping technology to change Strucker's face to Fury's! Strucker was thus defeated and apparently killed, chased by his own Hydra goons; and Fury, as Strucker, ordered Hydra to prepare an air vehicle for himself and Brown.
Only when their ship was outside Hydra Island, Fury revealed to Brown his real identity and the details of his plan - including that he had inserted Hydra's bio-weapon strain within Hydra Island so that Hydra's force field, intended to protect their agents, instead isolated them from the rest of the world, preventing the plague to extend.
After that, Brown was amnestied and even offered a job as a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent - which she rejected because she needed some vacation time. She kept friendly contact with Fury, Jones and their partner "Dum Dum" Dugan.
Powers and Abilities
In Strange Tales Vol 1 #141, Laura is mistakenly seen as a redhead - the previous issues, happening just before those scenes, showed her as a blonde.
- 33 appearance(s) of Laura Brown (Earth-616)
- 2 minor appearance(s) of Laura Brown (Earth-616)
- 6 mention(s) of Laura Brown (Earth-616)
- 7 image(s) of Laura Brown (Earth-616)
- 2 quotation(s) by or about Laura Brown (Earth-616)