|Date of birth:||c. 1966|
|Date of death:||2011|
|Place of death:||Mumbai, India|
|Cause of death:||Jumping to death|
|Played by:||Michael Nyqvist|
Samuli Edelmann (Latex mask)
|First appearance:||Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol|
|Last appearance:||Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol|
|First mentioned:||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (indirectly)|
|Last mentioned:||Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (indirectly)|
Kurt Hendricks, code-named "Cobalt", was a Swedish-born Russian terrorist and a former special forces soldier who serves as the main antagonist of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.
Kurt Hendricks served in the Swedish Special Forces in his youth. Hendricks became the Professor of Physics at Stockholm University where he specialized in the minutiae of the nuclear endgame theory. He was regarded as a genius, with an IQ of 190. Despite this, he was forced to resign by the university due to his outlandish theories and claims of insanity. Following this, Hendricks was affiliated with the Russian Central Command during the Cold War, wherein his job was to "predict the unthinkable". After twenty years in his role as a nuclear strategist, Hendricks came up with the concept of nuclear war in the place of natural order after following the examples of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hendricks then worked in the Kremlin as a nuclear strategist, wherein he formulated a plan to steal a briefcase with nuclear launch codes to facilitate his concept of world destruction.
Hendricks' plan was to ignite a nuclear conflict between Russia and the United States. In order to facilitate this, Hendricks arranged the destruction of the Kremlin in Moscow in order to steal a nuclear launch control-device while ultimately placing the blame on the Impossible Mission Force. Hendricks also later acquires the launch codes for the missile from Sabine Moreau, whilst posing as his right-hand man Marius Wistrom. His strategy for this conflict was to ignite a global nuclear exchange and thus eliminate most of the world's population. With most of the world's people wiped out (and presumably their old conflicts and hatreds along with them), a new era of "peace" could be ushered in. Hendricks used the code name; Cobalt, to prevent his true identity from surfacing. After officially being disavowed because of the Kremlin bombing, Ethan Hunt and his team consisting of agents Jane Carter, Benji Dunn and Chief Analyst, William Brandt, are tasked with stopping Hendricks and bringing his conspiracy to light, or be hunted down as terrorists responsible for the bombing. Extremely resourceful, Hendricks made use of latex masks to fool Hunt and his team into believing that they were dealing with his right-hand man, eventually escaped with the case that contains Russian nuclear launch codes.
Hendricks first appears at the Kremlin where he is passing through the security checkpoints just ahead of Ethan Hunt and Benji Dunn, who are infiltrating the Russian stronghold. After Hunt attempts to search the archives for evidence of Cobalt's existence, Hendricks hijacks the team's communications frequency, alerting the Russian guards to the IMF's presence in the Kremlin. As Hunt orders the mission to be aborted, he briefly passes Hendricks in the corridor, who nods in compliance.
When Hunt meets with the IMF's Secretary and his chief analyst William Brandt, Brandt confirms that the individual whom Hunt met at the Kremlin was indeed Kurt Hendricks. He explains that Hendricks is an intelligent, but deranged nuclear physicist and that he bombed the Kremlin in order to steal a nuclear launch-control device from the Russians undetected. Upon viewing archival footage of Hendricks during the Cold War, they realize that his plan is to start a nuclear war so as to usher in the next phase of human evolution. When Leonid Lisenker, a nuclear code expert, attempts to leave Russia in the wake of the Kremlin bombing, Hendricks and his right-hand man Wistrom kidnap his family, forcing him to grudgingly work alongside him.
Hendricks (disguised as his right-hand man Wistrom) and Lisenker proceed to travel to Dubai to rendezvous with assassin Sabine Moreau, who stole the nuclear launch codes from IMF Agent Trevor Hanaway. Ethan Hunt and his team mislead both parties into believing that they exchanged a meeting with one another, as Hendricks escapes with the launch codes, killing Lisenker after fulfilling his usefulness. Hunt chases Hendricks out onto the street, just as an enormous sandstorm envelops the area, decreasing visibility to a minimal level. Although Hunt manages to destroy Hendricks' getaway car, he manages to escape after Hunt is injured in the process.
After acquiring the missile launch codes from Hunt and his team after a botched operation, Hendricks and his right-hand man, Wistrom, head to a television broadcasting center where he shuts down the satellite that Hunt and his team had believed he would use to launch the missile. Having anticipated that Hunt disabled the satellite, Hendricks instead uses the broadcast center to launch the missile from a Russian submarine, sending it hurtling towards San Francisco. Hunt and his team show up at the broadcasting center just as Hendricks and Wistrom are exiting, a chase then ensues where Hunt pursues Hendricks, who has the launch-control device which could stop the missile in mid-flight.
Wistrom runs back into the broadcast center to take it offline, with Brandt, Jane and Dunn in pursuit. Hunt follows Hendricks into a vehicle assembly factory where they brutally fight over the device and after being beaten by Hunt, Hendricks jumps from the top floor of the factory with the device in his arms, in an attempt to bring it outside Ethan's range and ensure the missile's detonation, mortally wounding himself in the process. However, Hunt rides a car down to the bottom of the floor and retrieves the device, and after Benji kills Wistrom, Brandt brings the broadcast station back online, enabling Hunt to use the launch control device to disable the missile and letting it crash harmlessly into the San Francisco Bay. Hendricks witnesses Hunt foiling his plans before succumbing to his injuries.
Being a former special forces soldier, Hendricks is trained in hand-to-hand combat as shown in the final scene where he had a fight with Ethan Hunt in the vehicle assembly factory before he committed suicide by jumping from the top floor while taking the launch device with him in order to make sure that Ethan would never get it on time until the latter found a way to reach it.
Not just Hendricks being trained in this ability, but also form a strategy to ignite a nuclear conflict between Russia and the United States. He can arrange the Kremlin's destruction so Hendricks could steal the launch control device while placing the blame on the IMF.
- Hendricks' death was completely unnecessary; instead of letting himself fall with the device, he could have simply dropped it from the top floor and continued engaging Ethan.