A famous man once said, “We create our own demons.” Who said that? What does that even mean? Doesn’t matter. I said it because he said it. So, now, he was famous and it’s basically getting said by two well-known guys.
I imagine that some Hydra board meeting had to go like this shortly after Iron Man 1:
Hydra Leader 1: Ok guys, you remember that rich kid whose parents we had the Winter Soldier kill a couple years back?
Hydra Leader 2: Yeah, Tony Stark
Hydra Leader 1: Yes. Well, his mentor’s plot to murder him failed and now he’s flying around the globe in a nearly invincible suit of technologically advanced armour hunting down terrorist organisations. I vote that we mobilize the Winter Soldier to take him out immediately.
Hydra Leader 2: No need, canonically we’re not as big a villainous organization in Tony Stark’s plot lines as AIM is, so as long as we don’t actively involve ourselves with him we’ll be good.
Hydra Leader 1: What?
Hydra Leader 2: Sorry, fourth wall broke. Don’t worry, we won’t ever have to fight Iron Man.
Hydra Leader 1: Very well, if you say so.
*After the first fight in Avengers: Age of Ultron*
Hydra Leader 1: Dang it Bob!
Hydra Leader 2: It’s not my fault you stole the scepter that he had just taken from Loki!