Two years after the Battle of New York, Steve Rogers lives in Washington, D.C. and works for the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. while adjusting to contemporary society. Rogers, along with the agency's S.T.R.I.K.E. team and agent Natasha Romanoff, is sent to free hostages aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel from pirates led by mercenary Georges Batroc. Mid-mission, Rogers discovers Romanoff has another agenda: to extract data from the ship's computers for S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury. Rogers returns to the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s headquarters, to confront Fury and is briefed about Operation Insight: three Helicarriers linked to spy satellites, designed to preemptively eliminate threats. Fury, unable to decrypt Romanoff's recovered data, becomes suspicious about Insight.