Anton Ivanov, also known as The Superior, is the leader of the Watchdogs.
Early Life Edit
Ivanov's father worked on an oil rig. As a child, Ivanov respected his father for how hard he worked, but later grew to resent him after witnessing his father complimenting the richest man in their town, who inherited his wealth, which violated Ivanov's belief that power needs to be earned.
Meeting Coulson Edit
As an adult, Ivanov became agent of Russia's SVR.
After an 0-8-4 was unearthed in a Russian mine, Ivanov's SVR unit was sent to retrieve it, but when they arrived Coulson, who at the time was only a low-level agent, was already there to retrieve the "item" for S.H.I.E.L.D.
Ivanov arrested Coulson, but as him and his unit were driving away their van was ambushed by May who rescued Coulson and escaped with him and the 0-8-4.
After they failed their mission, Ivanov's teammates were interrogated, tortured, and eventually executed by the SVR.
Sometime later, Ivanov left the SVR and became rich by starting his own weapons manufacturing company.
Ivanov wanted revenge and, after years of searching for information, learned that the identity of the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent was agent Phil Coulson. Furthermore, Ivanov discovered a pattern; whenever there's alien activity on Earth, such as when Thor's hammer fell to Earth or when the Chitauri invaded, Coulson is there.
Ivanov became convinced Coulson is somehow the cause of all the recent alien activity on Earth.
The Watchdogs Edit
Ivanov is the Watchdogs chief financial supporter and is responsible for turning the Watchdogs into an international organization.
Anton Ivanov naturally connected the rise of Inhumans to his nemesis Coulson. He became involved with the Watchdogs, a radical anti-Inhuman hate group tied to several attacks against Inhumans. Operating out of his personal submarine, Ivanov quickly rose through the Watchdogs' ranks, coming to be known by his subordinates as The Superior.
Ivanov eventually came into contact with Ellen Nadeer, an American senator with her own strong anti-Inhuman sentiments. With Senator Nadeer's help, Ivanov's Watchdogs were able to conduct multiple simultaneous attacks against Inhumans in several major cities across the globe.
As part of their deal, Ivanov sent his lieutenant, Shockley, to discreetly kill the Senator Nadeer's brother. Vijay Nadeer had recently emerged from a Terrigenesis cocoon, and the senator wanted her brother dead rather than reveal she was related to an Inhuman (or possibly one herself). Vijay was able to plead with his sister to save his life, but the Superior ordered Shockley kill him anyway. Senator Nadeer killed her brother herself when they fled from their family estate with Shockley when S.H.I.E.L.D. agents came to rescue him.
For their next mission, the Superior contacted a Russian cell of former Hydra operatives to assassinate Jeffrey Mace, the Inhuman Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and steal the briefcase he always kept near him.
Work with Radcliffe Edit
Through Senator Nadeer, the Superior came to meet Dr. Holden Radcliffe and his assistant AIDA. Radcliffe wanted the Watchdogs' help in recovering the Darkhold, a dark and powerful book in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s possession. In return, Radcliffe offered to use the Darkhold to create a way to end the "Inhuman plague" for the Superior. Ivanov also believed Radcliffe could help him lure out Phil Coulson, unaware that the two men knew each other.
While Radcliffe moved his work (including his prisoner, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Melinda May) to the Superior's submarine, the Superior's men kidnapped Agent Billy Koenig, who was responsible for guarding the Darkhold for S.H.I.E.L.D. Radcliffe used a brain scan to get the Darkhold's location from Billy rather than let the Superior torture theinformation out of him. When the Superior wanted to torture Agent Koenig anyway to verify Radcliffe's information, Aida killed some of his men with her own hands, revealing herself to be an artificial being known as a Life-Model Decoy. Shockley took Radcliffe and Agent Koenig to recover the Darkhold, fighting off a team of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents led by Phil Coulson to get the book.
Radcliffe had a collection of Terrigen Crystals from his time with a previous benefactor. The Superior took one of these crystals and gave it to Shockley so he could go to Senator Nadeer's office and force her to undergo Terrigenesis. Once she had turned, the Superior planned to use Nadeer as bait to lure S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Coulson into a direct conflict. However, Shockley - not Nadeer - underwent Terrigenesis. As a result of his change, Shockley was given violent explosive abilities that destroyed the Senator's office.
The Superior demanded Shockley reveal he had failed in his mission to capture Senator Nadeer when he returned to the Superior's hideout in Washington. Shockley explained that he somehow survived the explosion caused by the Senator's transformation. Realizing S.H.I.E.L.D. was likely on Shockley's tail, the Superior left him behind to deal with them while he made his escape. S.H.I.E.L.D. eventually discovered Shockley's Inhuman abilities and dropped him out of their plane somewhere over the southwestern United States. Shockley called the Superior from a hotel's phone, and confessed to his Inhuman abilities. Despite this, Shockley reaffirmed his allegiance to the Superior and the war against Inhumans, and promised to deliver S.H.I.E.L.D. to him. Shockley's trap worked, but the Superior and his Watchdogs capture Director Mace instead.