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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Daniel Whitehall from the Marvel Cinematic film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Daniel Whitehall (Marvel).
Villain Overview
Freedom. Equality. Individual rights. These principles make mankind a plague on this planet. Think of a forest. It dries up and catches fire with the first spark. Now, mankind would fight that fire, believing every individual plant perfect in its own individual way. But it's the fire that's perfect. Essential. Now more magnificent plant species, like the giant sequoia, their seeds need the heat of that fire to crack open and be born. To literally rise from the ashes. And they will live for a thousand years. You don't need to keep burning. Rise... be born.
~ Whitehall to Agent 33 while brainwashing her with the Faustus Method.
Discovery requires experimentation.
~ Whitehall's sadistic motto.

Dr. Daniel Whitehall, born as Werner Reinhardt, is a major antagonist in the TV series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. He was one of the two main antagonists (along with Jiaying) of Season 2, a posthumous antagonist in Seasons 3 and 5, and a mentioned character in Season 7.

He was one of the leaders of HYDRA, who intended to find a mysterious object known as the Obelisk and use its potential capabilities for HYDRA's intentions of controlling the world and committing mass genocide. He is best remembered as the one who dissected Daisy Johnson's mother and Calvin Zabo's wife, Jiaying, which gained him longevity and drove her into insanity.

He was portrayed by Reed Diamond, who also voiced Falcone in Mighty Ducks.

Overview

Born as Werner Reinhardt, he was a Nazi scientist and HYDRA general working for the Red Skull. After coming across the mysterious Obelisk, he became obsessed with learning its true potential and using it to enforce HYDRA's goals, even using countless people as lab rats to test its power. After the Skull's death, he was imprisoned in a S.H.I.E.L.D. prison for life in 1945. Decades later in 1989, he was freed and then dissected Skye's mother Jiaying, who was the only person who survived the Obelisk and didn't age. Afterwards, he gained her powers and changed his identity, becoming one of HYDRA's most prominent leaders.

After the HYDRA uprising in 2014, Whitehall along with his loyal right-hand man Sunil Bakshi went on a mission to retrieve the Obelisk and continue his studies on it, which put him in conflict with a S.H.I.E.L.D. faction led by the agency's new director, Phil Coulson. During this time, he eventually became allies with double agent Grant Ward and Calvin Zabo, who was secretly Jiaying's vengeful husband and Skye's father wanting revenge for destroying his family. During a final battle over the ancient Kree city, he was finally killed by Coulson before he could learn of the existence and power of the Inhumans.

Legacy

Even after his well-deserved death, Whitehall's actions still had an impact on S.H.I.E.L.D. afterwards. After Skye met her mother Jiaying, who was still alive, she would learn how she was more the monster than her father and would try to wipe out humanity and install the Inhumans as the dominant species. Three years later, Whitehall's Destroyer of Worlds Project led to the teams conflict with General Hale and her daughter Ruby, whom he created, and would result in Glenn Talbot becoming a villain that nearly destroyed the Earth.

Personality

Daniel Whitehall was completely amoral and capable of committing any crime that could help his or HYDRA's goals which were, in his mind, to answer the keys to death itself. Confident and arrogant in his capacities, he took seemingly all situations presented to him with calm indifference if not sadistic humor. He had no problems with killing dozens of people in horrifically cruel ways to test the Obelisk's power with no remorse. He did not care about any of his lower henchmen, because he had hundreds of them ready at his disposal.

Whitehall constantly calculated and sought a person's motive before applying an action. When confronted by Calvin Zabo in his office, he stopped Sunil Bakshi from acting to learn why Zabo was there, despite witnessing Zabo kill two of his operatives moments earlier. Before he acted on Grant Ward's disobedience for not attacking the Bus, Whitehall met with him and asked his reasons. Whitehall was dedicated to understanding and discovery. As a scientist, he was observant as well as fascinated by new situations and will experiment endlessly to find solutions to his questions. He developed a mantra of discovery requiring experimentation in order to justify his amoral experiments.

Whitehall is also psychopathic, and downright callous, able to commit horrible and sadistic crimes and actions without remorse. He has no empathy for his victims and even seems to enjoy torturing them. He also believes deeply in HYDRA’s Nazi ideology, specifically their misogynistic viewpoint as he discarded Hale to be artificially inseminated to continue their Destroyer of Worlds Project rather than a S.H.I.E.L.D. sleeper agent despite her skills and ideas being superior to her male colleagues.

Relationships

Family

  • Wife †

Allies

Enemies

  • Strategic Scientific Reserve
    • Peggy Carter †
  • Howling Commandos
    • Dum Dum Dugan †
    • Jim Morita †
  • Jiaying † - Victim
  • HYDRA Prisoner † - Victim
  • S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Raina
  • Calvin Zabo - Former Ally
  • United States Air Force
  • Pete Leitner
  • Mariah Leitner
  • Schneider †
  • Grant Ward † - Former Subordinate

Quotes

Oh, there's no reason left to fear the Red Skull. He's dead. However, his vision is not. The work HYDRA has done will live on.
~ Whitehall expressing how Red Skull's vision for HYDRA will live on, even after his death.
Bakshi: Creel has escaped and did indeed make off with the Obelisk. He should contact us shortly. I would have him come in, but I'm being overly discreet with this operation. I know how long you have searching for this, Dr. Whitehall.
Whitehall: You have no idea.
~ Whitehall being debriefed by Bakshi of Creel's progress for the Obelisk.
Raina, I'm not like most people with whom you interact. I'm not easily confused. I've been around too long to lose sight of what's mine. I generally don't do my own dirty work anymore. We should all aspire to do only that which we enjoy. Don't you agree? But in your case, I will make an exception. 48 hours seems fair, doesn't it? To bring it back to me? I once operated on a woman, on and off, for a full week. The struggle really is keeping the patient awake. The pain at certain levels has the tendency to cause us to black out. That can be... incredibly frustrating. But I'm confidant that I can do better now. I can find you wherever you are. Bring me the Obelisk. 48 hours. The clock starts... now.
~ Whitehall threatening Raina's life while demanding that she gives him the Obelisk.
As a person who has spent a considerable portion of his life incarcerated, I know how rare second chances are. If you're given one, you take it. The opportunity may be fleeting so it must be recognised and seized. Sometimes the solution takes days, or weeks, or years. But no matter the sacrifice one must be willing to endure the trauma of shaking off all that you were, to become something new, something better. Everyone deserves a second chance, but few are willing to do what it takes to earn one.
~ Whitehall as he monologues to Grant Ward about earning second chances, while also loosely explaining how he gained his power.
I killed your wife and before I kill you, I want you to watch what I do to your daughter.
~ Whitehall explaining to Calvin Zabo about how he intends to "experiment" on Skye while he watches.

Trivia

  • He is the series' incarnation of the Kraken, a legendary HYDRA agent from the Marvel Comics universe.
  • Daniel Whitehall's death marks the second time Phil Coulson has killed a main antagonist in the series, following John Garrett, and preceded by Grant Ward and Aida.
  • Though he dies halfway through the season, he can still be considered the main antagonist and Big Bad of the season because his sadistic dissection of Jiaying, traumatically turned her into a villain and there is nothing else that could have happened to her that would have caused her to do the things she did. It is reasonable to say that he is more deserving of the blame than her for her attempts to start a war against S.H.I.E.L.D. and mankind.
  • Whitehall could be considered the Bigger Bad of Season 5, as even though he was dead, he was the creator of the Destroyer of Worlds Project and engineered the creation of Ruby Hale, all of which also caused Glenn Talbot to become the villain Graviton.
  • Whitehall earned several military decorations for his participation in the Nazi's conquest of Europe, including the Panzer Badge, the Close Combat Clasp, and the Iron Cross First Class.

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Movies
Iron Man
Iron Monger | William Ginter Riva
Ten Rings: Raza Hamidmi Al-Wazar | Abu Bakaar | Ahmed | Omar
The Incredible Hulk
Strategic Operations Command Center: Abomination | Thunderbolt Ross | Kathleen Sparr
Others: Samuel Sterns | Tough Guy Leader
Iron Man 2
Whiplash
Hammer Industries: Justin Hammer | Jack | Hammer Drones
Ten Rings: Ten Rings Agent
Others: Senator Stern | Anton Vanko
Thor
Loki Laufeyson | The Destroyer
Frost Giants: Laufey | Grundroth | Hailstrum | Raze | Jotunheim Beast
Others: Jasper Sitwell
Captain America: The First Avenger
HYDRA: Red Skull | Arnim Zola | Heinz Kruger | HYDRA Lieutenant | Velt
Nazis: Adolf Hitler | Roeder | Hutter | Schneider
The Avengers
Loki Laufeyson
Chitauri: The Other | Leviathans
HYDRA: Gideon Malick | Jasper Sitwell
Others: Georgi Luchkov | Thanos
Iron Man 3
A.I.M.: Aldrich Killian | Eric Savin | Trevor Slattery | Ellen Brandt | Sweat Shop Agent | Ponytail Express | Maya Hansen | Extremis Soldiers
Others: Vice President Rodriguez
Thor: The Dark World
Dark Elves: Malekith the Accursed | Kurse the Strong
Marauders: Duhg | Kronan Marauder
Others: Loki Laufeyson | Jotunheim Beast | The Collector
All Hail the King
Inmates: Trevor Slattery | Herman | White Power Dave
Ten Rings: Jackson Norriss | The Mandarin
Others: Justin Hammer
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
HYDRA/STRIKE: Alexander Pierce | Winter Soldier | Brock Rumlow | Jack Rollins | Jasper Sitwell | Russo | Senator Stern | Arnim Zola | Wolfgang von Strucker | List | Scarlet Witch | Quicksilver
Others: Georges Batroc | Ferdinand Lopez | Gerald Durand
Guardians of the Galaxy
Kree Empire: Ronan the Accuser | Nebula, Korath the Pursuer | Sakaaran Mercenaries | Exolon Monks
Yondu Ravager Clan: Yondu Udonta | Kraglin Obfonteri | Horuz | Vorker
Chitauri: The Other
Others: Garthan Saal | Eson the Searcher | Moloka Dar | Monstrous Inmate | The Collector | Dark Elf | Thanos
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ultron | Ultron Sentinels
HYDRA: Wolfgang von Strucker | List | Scarlet Witch | Quicksilver
Chitauri: Leviathans
Ulysses Klaue | Madame B | Thanos
Ant-Man
Yellowjacket
HYDRA/Ten Rings: Mitchell Carson | HYDRA Buyer
Others: Winter Soldier
Captain America: Civil War
Helmut Zemo
HYDRA: Vasily Karpov | Josef | Winter Soldiers
Hero Mercs: Crossbones
Others: Thunderbolt Ross | Winter Soldier | Scarlet Witch
Doctor Strange
Zealots: Kaecilius | Lucian
Others: Karl Mordo | Dormammu
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Ego
Sovereign: Ayesha | Sovereign Admiral | Zylak | Sovereign Chambermaid
Yondu Ravager Clan: Yondu Udonta | Kraglin Obfonteri | Tullk | Oblo | Taserface | Gef | Retch | Halfnut | Brahl | Vorker | Narblik | Huhtar
Others: Nebula | Abilisk | The Grandmaster | Thanos
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Bestman Salvage: Vulture | Tinkerer | Shocker #1 | Shocker #2 | Randy Vale
Others: Mac Gargan | Aaron Davis
Thor: Ragnarok
Berserker Army: Hela Odinsdottir | Skurge | Fenris Wolf
Sakaaran Guards: The Grandmaster | Topaz
Fire Demons: Surtur | Fire Dragon
Others: Loki Laufeyson | Thanos
Black Panther
Erik Killmonger | Ulysses Klaue | W'Kabi | Linbani | Linda | Dave
Sambisan Militants: Sambisan Captain
Others: M'Baku | Winter Soldier | Helmut Zemo | N'Jobu
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Order: Thanos | Ebony Maw | Proxima Midnight | Corvus Glaive | Cull Obsidian | Nebula | Outriders | Chitauri | Leviathans
Others: Red Skull | The Collector | Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | M'Baku | Scarlet Witch | Thunderbolt Ross
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Ghost | Sonny Burch | Bill Foster | Uzman | Anitolov | Knox | Stoltz | Elihas Starr | Thanos
Captain Marvel
Kree Empire/Starforce: Supreme Intelligence | Yon-Rogg | Korath the Pursuer | Minn-Erva | Att-lass | Bron-Char | Ronan the Accuser | Soh-Larr
Skrulls: Talos | Norex
Others: Thanos
Avengers: Endgame
Black Order: Thanos | Ebony Maw | Proxima Midnight | Corvus Glaive | Cull Obsidian | Nebula | Outriders | Sakaaran Mercenaries | Chitauri | Leviathans | Chitauri Gorillas
HYDRA/STRIKE: Red Skull | Alexander Pierce | Crossbones | Jasper Sitwell | Jack Rollins
Others: Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | M'Baku | Scarlet Witch | Kraglin Obfonteri | Dark Elves | Thunderbolt Ross | Akihiko
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Mysterio | William Ginter Riva | Victoria Snow | Gutes Guterman | Janice Lincoln | Doug
Elementals: Molten Man | Hydro-Man | Sandman | Cyclone | Elemental Fusion
Skrulls: Talos
Others: Obadiah Stane | J. Jonah Jameson

Television
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1)
HYDRA/Centipede Group: John Garrett | Grant Ward | Ian Quinn | Raina | Edison Po | Jasper Sitwell | Deathlok | Debbie | Vanchat | Scorch | Kaminsky
Others: Camilla Reyes | Franklin Hall | Blizzard | Lorelei | Marcus Daniels | Christian Ward | Jakob Nystrom
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 2)
HYDRA: Daniel Whitehall | Grant Ward | Wolfgang von Strucker | List | Sunil Bakshi | Absorbing Man | Agent 33 | Blizzard | Kebo
Others: Jiaying | Gordon | Calvin L. Johnson | Raina | Alisha Whitley | Lash | Vin-Tak | Katya Belyakov | Christian Ward
Agent Carter (Season 1)
Johann Fennhoff | Dottie Underwood
Daredevil (Season 1)
Kingpin | James Wesley | Leland Owlsley | Vanessa Marianna | Turk Barrett | Bill Fisk
The Hand: Madame Gao | Nobu Yoshioka
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 3)
HYDRA: Hive | Grant Ward | Gideon Malick | Kebo | Werner von Strucker | Giyera | Lucio | Hellfire | Alisha Whitley | Primitives
Watchdogs: Felix Blake | Holden Radcliffe | Aida
Others: Lash | Absorbing Man
Agent Carter (Season 2)
Whitney Frost | Dottie Underwood
Jessica Jones (Season 1)
Kilgrave | Will Simpson | Dorothy Walker | Audrey Eastman
Daredevil (Season 2)
Nobu Yoshioka
The Hand: Madame Gao
Others: Punisher | Elektra Natchios | Blacksmith | Turk Barrett | Kingpin
Luke Cage (Season 1)
Diamondback | Cottonmouth | Black Mariah | Shades | Turk Barrett
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 4)
Eli Morrow | Holden Radcliffe | Aida | Lucy Bauer
Watchdogs: Anton Ivanov | Tucker Shockley | Ellen Nadeer | Hellfire
HYDRA: Dr. Leopold Fitz | Alistair Fitz
Iron Fist (Season 1): Harold Meachum
The Hand: Madame Gao | Bakuto
Others: Jim Pierce
The Defenders
The Hand: Alexandra Reid | Elektra Natchios | Madame Gao | Bakuto | Murakami | Sowande
Others: Turk Barrett
Inhumans
Maximus
The Punisher (Season 1)
Punisher | Agent Orange | Jigsaw | Lewis Wilson | Blacksmith | Turk Barrett | Tony Gnucci | Lance | Paulie | Leo
Runaways
Jonah
The Pride: Geoffrey Wilder
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5)
Kree Empire: Kasius | Sinara | Faulnak | Vicar | Tye
HYDRA: General Hale | Ruby Hale | Qovas | Werner von Strucker | Anton Ivanov | Absorbing Man | Dr. Leopold Fitz
Others: Grill | Samuel Voss | Graviton | Thanos
Jessica Jones (Season 2)
Alisa Jones | Karl Malus | Pryce Cheng | Dorothy Walker | Turk Barrett
Cloak and Dagger (Season 1)
Roxxon Corporation: Peter Scarborough | Terrors
Others: Detective Connors
Luke Cage (Season 2)
Black Mariah | Bushmaster | Shades | Turk Barrett
Iron Fist (Season 2)
Steel Serpent | Typhoid Mary | Turk Barrett
Daredevil (Season 3)
Kingpin | Bullseye | Vanessa Marianna
The Punisher (Season 2)
Punisher | Anderson Schultz | John Pilgrim | Jigsaw | Eliza Schultz | Krista Dumont | Turk Barrett
Cloak & Dagger (Season 2)
D'Spayre | Mayhem | Detective Connors
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 6)
Izel
Sarge's Squad: Sarge | Snowflake | Jaco | Pax
Others: Shrike | Malachi | Atarah | Dr. Leopold Fitz
Jessica Jones (Season 3)
Trish Walker | Gregory Sallinger | Dorothy Walker
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 7)
Nathaniel Malick | Sibyl

See Also
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HYDRA
Leaders: Hive | Grant Ward | Daniel Whitehall | List | Wolfgang von Strucker | Gideon Malick | Wilfred Malick
High-Ranking Members: Jasper Sitwell | Sunil Bakshi | General Hale
Centipede Group: John Garrett | Ian Quinn | Raina | Deathlok | Scorch
Operatives: Kaminsky | Absorbing Man | Blizzard | Agent 33 | Kebo | Giyera | Lucio | Alisha Whitley | Hellfire | Ruby Hale
Soldiers: Primitives
Other Officials: Werner von Strucker | Nathaniel Malick
Framework: Aida | Dr. Leopold Fitz | Alistair Fitz
Affiliates: Vanchat | Qovas | Anton Ivanov

Watchdogs
Leaders: Anton Ivanov | Felix Blake
Operatives: Tucker Shockley
Affiliates: Ellen Nadeer | Hellfire | Holden Radcliffe | Aida

Kree Empire
High-Ranking Officials: Kasius
Operatives: Vin-Tak | Sinara | Faulnak | Vicar
Affilitates: Tye

Sarge's Squad
Leader: Sarge
Operatives: Snowflake | Jaco | Pax

Chronicoms
Leaders: Atarah | Sibyl
Hunters: Malachi | Isaiah | Baal-Gad | Luke
Associates: Nathaniel Malick | Kora | John Garrett

Other
Calvin L. Johnson | Camilla Reyes | Christian Ward | Eli Morrow | Franklin Hall | Graviton | Grill | Izel | Jakob Nystrom | Jiaying | Katya Belyakov | Lash | Lorelei | Lucy Bauer | Marcus Daniels | Roxxon Energy Corporation | Samuel Voss | Shrike | Thanos

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