Updated: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:30:00 GMT | By Sean Plummer
The company you keep: Fictional movie agencies

COBRA - G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

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The arch-nemesis of the G.I. Joes is COBRA Command. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra introduced the formidable terrorist organization to movie audiences, albeit only briefly. Joseph Gordon-Levitt starred in that film as The Doctor, a mad scientist helping arms dealer Laird James McCullen (Christopher Eccleston) – a.k.a. Destro – corner the world market with nanotechnology-based weapons.

The disfigured Doctor later reveals himself to be Cobra head The Commander, with the organization coming to the fore in this spring’s sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. With the Joes nearly wiped out thanks to a plot that has installed Cobra ally Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) in the White House, Cobra briefly takes over the American government.