Victoria Louise Hand
Liaison and Coordinator of the New Avengers; formerly triple agent, Deputy Director of H.A.M.M.E.R., Norman Osborn's assistant, S.H.I.E.L.D. accountant
Place of Birth
New Avengers; formerly H.A.M.M.E.R., Dark Avengers (assistant leader), assistant to Norman Osborn, S.H.I.E.L.D.
S.H.I.E.L.D. training, presumably MBA in accounting
Black (with dyed red streak)
Hand is a trained S.H.I.E.L.D. agent with working knowledge of
S.H.I.E.L.D. combat and weapons tactics, and is qualified in
hand-to-hand combat and all S.H.I.E.L.D. weapons. She has a brilliant
organizational mind, able to keep track of large amounts of tactical and
personnel information, is trained in computer usage and financial
software, and is gifted in mathematics, accounting practices, and
business administration. She is a skilled public speaker and is
specially adept at fielding difficult questions from the press.
Victoria Hand was a S.H.I.E.L.D. accountant, dating a fellow agent named Isabelle--a partner with different beliefs about the war on terror. At one point, Victoria sent a letter to S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury
about his mishandling the War on Terror. Isabelle warned Victoria not to send the letter; however, due to Victoria sending the letter, she was transferred to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility in Portland, Oregon. As a result, Isabelle, furious that she did not listen to her, ended their relationship. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the team and/or character. Note: Beware of the revealing outfit worn by one in the background of Nick Fury's bio page.)
Later, after the Skrull's Secret Invasion, Norman Osborn was promoted from Director of the Thunderbolt Initiative
to Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. where he dismantled the previous
organization, and transformed it into H.A.M.M.E.R. He appointed Victoria Hand to Deputy Director due to her vocal opposition of previous S.H.I.E.L.D.
directors Nick Fury and Iron Man. Hand willingly supported Osborn's agenda to subvert the heroes and place
villains in the team instead--believing that Osborn would bring peace to the world. And together they recruited their own superhuman strike team dubbed the "Dark Avengers." In addition, Victoria had a certain level of authority over Norman's Dark Avengers, outranking even Moonstone who was the
second-in-command. (Click on the highlighted names above to learn about the race, event, characters, teams, and/or program. Note: Beware of the very form-fitting outfits on Moonstone's bio page.)
As part of this new regime, Victoria was seen along side Osborn in many different missions. Some of these included missions against War Machine, Spider-Woman, Elektra, Hulk, and the Atlanteans. At one point, Hand and Osborn even worked with Emma Frost to form the "Dark X-Men" to go up against the X-Men. (Click on the names above to learn about the highlighted characters, race, and/or teams. Note: Beware of the very revealing and/or form-fitting outfits on Spider-Woman, Elektra, the Atlanteans, and Emma Frost's bio pages.)
At one point, Victoria Hand was part of the attack on the Asgardians, leading the Helicarrier squad. During the attack, her ship was damaged and Victoria ordered the evacuation of the crew. After the battle, all of Osborn's allies were captured, Victoria included. She didn't resist arrest and was taken aboard a Helicarrier, where she was interviewed by Captain America (Steve Rogers).
Victoria stated that she didn't regret anything, and that she was trying
to help the world. In response, Captain America called her a patriot and told her to
report to her new post as soon as possible. Victoria was shocked at his response; however, she followed his orders. (To learn about the above highlighted race, vehicle, and/or characters, just click on their names.)
Soon after, Victoria appeared outside the newly renovated Avengers Mansion that had just been purchased by Luke Cage for his team of New Avengers. She stated she had a letter for Luke Cage from Captain America. The letter stated that Victoria Hand would be the link between the main Avengers
and their New Avengers team. In addition to that, in the letter Captain America
stated that he believed Victoria deserved a second chance. The team, however, did not trust her. Therefore, when Victoria left, Luke Cage and Wolverine followed her. Eventually, Cage asked her why she followed Osborn, and she replied that he was a genius who had the potential to make the world a better place; however, if they not taken down Osborn, she would have. For the time, Cage accepted this and allowed her to join the team. Initially, most of the team did not trust her (especially Spider-Man due to her old contact with Osborn). However, she finally earned the trust of most of team when Agamotto tried to obtain the Eye of Agamotto from Doctor Voodoo,
and Victoria Hand helped the New Avengers fight the demons that arrived in New
York from Agamotto's magic dimension. She also helped Jessica Jones
in rescuing her baby from the Avengers Mansion. (To learn about the place, characters, teams, and/or object, just click on their highlighted names above.)
Later on, the remaining H.A.M.M.E.R. agents invited Victoria Hand to join and start back up the old team. In response to
this, Victoria sent the New Avengers to take care of it--to knock it
down before it got up and going again. The mission is only half successful with the agents
being arrested, as their leader, Superia, got away and Mockingbird was shot through the chest. Victoria Hand informed Captain America of the mission and of Mockingbird's injuries. Knowing that the team would assume she set
them up and blame her if Mockingbird died, Victoria returned home to her
apartment where she was confronted by Superia. After being threatened by
her, Victoria Hand told Superia that she was still working for H.A.M.M.E.R. and that Superia needed to follow her orders. When Superia left, Victoria contacted Luke Cage and
let him know where Superia was going. (Click in the highlighted names above to learn about the characters. Note: Beware of the low-cut outfit on Mockingbird's bio page.)
Some time later, after Norman Osborn's new Dark Avengers launched an attack, Victoria Hand revealed to the New Avengers that she was actually a triple agent--pretending to work for Captain America while pretending to work for
Norman Osborn while actually working for Captain America. Daredevil's heightened senses confirmed that she was telling the truth, and Victoria helped the New Avengers set a trap for Osborn to try and
rescue the captured Captain America. (To learn about Daredevil, just click on the highlighted name above.)
At one point, Victoria Hand was possessed by the spirit of Daniel Drumm during his revenge attack on the New Avengers for the death of his brother, Doctor Voodoo. Under Drumm's possession, Victoria was forced to kill two powerful sorcerers: Daimon Hellstrom and Jennifer Kale. Afterward, Doctor Strange transported both himself and Victoria onto the Astral Plane so he could explain that Drumm was after them. However, Drumm appeared and killed Victoria Hand in front of Doctor Strange. (To learn about the characters and/or place highlighted above, just click on their names. Note: Beware of the revealing outfit worn by Jennifer Kale on her bio page.)
More recently, a statue of Victoria Hand was erected at the Avengers Mansion in her memory. And at one point, while the group was collected around it, Captain America declared that Victoria Hand was "one of us."
There is nothing there, but here is the Marvel.com bio page of Victoria Hand, http://marvel.com/universe/Hand,_Victoria.
Victoria Hand appears on the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In this version, Hand is a Level 8 S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent. She both helps and gets in the way of Agent Coulson and his team on multiple occasions.