|Date of birth:||c. 1959|
|Date of death:||2011|
|Place of death:||Mumbai, India|
|Cause of death:||Jumping to death|
|Affiliation:||Swedish Special Forces (formerly)|
Stockholm University (formerly)
Russian Central Command (formerly)
|Profession:||Military officer (formerly)|
Level-One nuclear strategist
Great physical strength
High speed level
|Played by:||Michael Nyqvist|
Samuli Edelmann (face 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)|
|“||How will the world finally end? It is my job to predict the unthinkable. To treat the deaths of billions as a game. After 20 years of this, I was numb. Until a new question crossed my mind. What happens after the end of the world? Every two or three million years, some natural catastrophe devastates all life on Earth. But life goes on. And what little remains is made stronger. Put simply, world destruction is an unpleasant but necessary part of evolution. What happens then, I wondered, when mankind faces the next end of the world. I looked to Hiroshima, Nagasaki... thriving cities rebuilt from the ashes, monuments to the unimaginable, dedicated to the concept of peace. It occured to me here that nuclear war might have a place in the natural order. But only if it could be controlled. Only if it touched every living soul equally.||”|
–Kurt Hendricks, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Kurt Hendricks, also known by his codename Cobalt, was the main antagonist in the 2011 global buckster action/thriller film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible film series. He was a Swedish-born Russian nuclear scientist and a terrorist who attempts to ignite a nuclear conflict between Russia and United States of America.
Early life Edit
Born in Sweden c. 1959, 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, where he formulated a plan to steal a briefcase with nuclear launch codes to facilitate his concept of world destruction.
Rising to power Edit
Hendricks' plan is to instigate a nuclear conflict between Russia and the United States. His strategy for this conflict is 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 uses the code name; Cobalt, to prevent his true identity from surfacing. In order to facilitate the conflit, the scientist plans to arrange 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, who are infiltrating the Russian stronghold. Hendricks first appears when he is passing through the security checkpoints just ahead IMF operatives Ethan Hunt and Benji Dunn. After Ethan 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 Ethan orders the mission to be aborted, he briefly passes Hendricks in the corridor, who nods in compliance.
Later, Ethan meets with the IMF's Secretary and chief analyst William Brandt in their SUV and Brandt confirms that the individual whom Ethan 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. However, the secretary tells that the agency is officially disavowed because of the Kremlin bombing and his team is tasked with stopping Hendricks and bringing his conspiracy to light, or be hunted down as terrorists responsible for the bombing. When Leonid Lisenker, a nuclear code expert, attempts to leave Russia in the wake of the Kremlin bombing, Hendricks and his right-hand man Marius Wistrom kidnap his wife and his son, forcing him to grudgingly work alongside him.
Hendricks later arranges a meeting with French professional hitwoman Sabine Moreau, while posing as Wistrom (with a latex mask), in order to acquire the launch codes for the missile that she stoled from late IMF Agent Trevor Hanaway. So, Hendricks and Lisenker proceed to travel to Dubai to rendezvous. However, Ethan 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. Ethan chases Hendricks out onto the street, just as an enormous sandstorm envelops the area, decreasing visibility to a minimal level. Although Ethan manages to destroy Hendricks' getaway car, he manages to escape after the American is injured in the process.
Attempting to provoke a war and Death Edit
Later, Hendricks and Wistrom head to a television broadcasting center in Mumbai, India, where he shuts down the satellite that Ethan and his team had thought he would use to launch the missile. Having anticipated that Ethan disabled the satellite, Hendricks instead uses the broadcast center to launch the missile from a Russian Navy submarine, sending it hurtling towards San Francisco. However, Ethan and his team show up at the broadcasting center just as Hendricks and Wistrom are exiting, a chase then ensues where Ethan pursues Hendricks, who has the launch-control device which could stop the missile in mid-flight.
Meanwhile, Wistrom runs back into the broadcast center to take it offline, with Brandt, Jane and Benji in pursuit. Ethan pursues Hendricks into a vehicle assembly factory where they brutally fight over the device, and after being beaten by Ethan, 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, Ethan 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 Ethan to use the launch control device to disable the missile and letting it crash harmlessly into the San Francisco Bay. Hendricks witnesses Ethan foiling his plans before succumbing to his injuries.
Hendricks believed that the "world destruction is an unpleasant but necessary part of evolution" and he wondered him what was going after the end of the humanity. Thus, he felt invested by a mission to provoke an armed conflict between Russia and the United States in order to destroy the world and to establish peace. This shows that Hendricks is a misanthropic man and extremely dangerous and ruthless because if his plans had been accomplished, he would have been responsible for millions of deaths and he did not care what it was all about. Like any great fictional villain, the terrorist was also determinate to achieve his goals. In addition to that, Hendricks was cruel even when it seemed pointless as demonstrated by the fact that he killed Leonid Lisenker in cold blood when he survived his usefulness.
Being a former special forces soldier, Hendricks was 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.
In addition to being trained in this ability, he also formed 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 Hunt.