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I'm from Fresno, Ace.
~ Jim Morita to Dum Dum Dugan.
Guten tag, boys. All right, nice and calm. No sudden moves, or we'll tie a blasting cap to your... Hey, Dugan, what's the German word for nuts?
~ Morita to his teammates.

Private James "Jim" Morita is a supporting character in Captain America: The First Avenger, and a minor character in Agents S.H.I.E.L.D. He was a member of the Howling Commandos during the Second World War, and assisted Captain America in fighting HYDRA and their leader, the Red Skull.

He was portrayed by Kenneth Choi.

Biography

Background

James "Jim" Morita was born on October 20th, 1919 in Fresno, California to Tadashi and Emiko Morita, and his brother William was born on the same day as well. Not much is known about Morita's past, but he would join the United States Army during the height of World War II, and served as a ranger in the Nisei Squadron with Happy Sam Sawyer. By 1943, Morita was captured by HYDRA, a terrorist organization led by the Red Skull, and was sent to Austria to work at HYDRA's facility.

Captain America: The First Avenger

While imprisoned at the HYDRA weapons facility in Austria, Morita was freed by Captain America, and Jim went on to attack the facility with fellow P.O.W.'s Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, James Montgomery Falsworth and Jacques Dernier. Once the facility was destroyed, Morita and his allies traveled to U.S. base, where he celebrated with his fellow countrymen and praised Rogers for his heroics. Afterward, Morita agreed to join the Howling Commandos, a special elite unit led by Captain America to fight against HYDRA and destroy their bases across Europe.

Morita participated in one mission where he intercepted a HYDRA message to find Arnim Zola's location, which allowed Rogers, Bucky Barnes and Jones in capturing the doctor. During the attack on the Red Skull's fortress, Morita radioed Rogers, who revealed that he was planning on crashing the Valkyrie to stop the bombs on the plane. After the war was won and HYDRA defeated, Morita celebrated with the commandos, where Falsworth raised his glass to honor Rogers and Bucky.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

In a flashback of season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Morita assisted the Strategic Scientific Reserve in capturing HYDRA general Werner Reinhardt. After capturing the general, Morita assisted Dum Dum Dugan and Peggy Carter locating artifacts that HYDRA scientists were experimenting went to create advanced weaponry and equipment.

Legacy

After the war, Morita went on to have an unnamed child, who would go on to have a grandson that greatly resembled Jim. His grandson would become the principal of Midtown School of Science of Technology, and Morita would pass away before 2014 as Rogers learned of this after he was revived from the ice.

Trivia

  • Morita's actor, Kenneth Choi, who would go on to play Jim's grandson in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

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