Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.) is a privately funded think tank organized of a group of brilliant scientists whose sole dedication is to acquire and develop power through technological means to overthrow the governments of the world. They supply arms and technology to radicals and subversive organizations in order to foster a violent technological revolution of society while making a profit. Based from A.I.M. Island, their legal operations include the Targo Corporation, International Data Integration and Control (IDIC), Cadenza Industries, Koenig and Strey, Omnitech, and Pacific Vista Laboratories. The leader of the organization has changed many times over the years, but are always given the title Scientist Supreme. Throughout the years, there have been several splinter groups which broke away due to diverging agendas.
A.I.M. first began during World War II when Baron von Strucker organized a group of brilliant scientists whose sole dedication was to acquire and develop power through technological means, that would overthrow the government.
Baron Wolfgang von Strucker used A.I.M. to develop advanced technological weaponry for his secret subversive organization, Hydra. Although Hydra suffered a major defeat, it continued to exist secretly over the following decades, continually growing and building in strength. The group of scientists grew in number over the years, and made great advances in various fields: robotics, bio-engineering, bionics, and physics. Eventually the scientists publicly incorporated their organization under the name of Advanced Idea Mechanics. A.I.M. or Hydra's goals and activities were subversive and kept secret. Hydra's existence remained unknown for a time. A.I.M. was believed by both the public and by intelligence organizations to be an international cartel dealing with the development and marketing of new technological products. A.I.M. gained great influence with the U.S. government in its role as a supplier of hardware and weaponry to governmental and quasi-governmental agencies.
Division of T.H.E.M.
After S.H.I.E.L.D defeated Hydra, A.I.M. attempted to force S.H.I.E.L.D Director Nick Fury out of his position. This attempt, publicly led by Count Bornag Royale, failed. Instead, Fury exposed A.I.M. as a subversive organization. Although S.H.I.E.L.D believed it had put an end to A.I.M.'s operation, much of the organization's membership escaped capture. A.I.M.'s links with the secretly active Hydra remained undiscovered. A.I.M. had created a wide variety of advanced technological weaponry, and - during the period when it was an arm of Hydra - made great strides in creating androids, which the organization employed as assassins. During this period A.I.M. members sometimes referred to themselves as agents of T.H.E.M.. "T.H.E.M." was the code name of the Hydra core group which governed Hydra and its subsidiary.
The Red Skull hired A.I.M. to create the Cosmic Cube, an unimaginably powerful object capable of restructuring reality. A.I.M. manufactured the containing device - the cube - not the reality-transforming energy itself, whose nature and origin remain mysteries.
An A.I.M. scientist was saved from a plane crash by Captain America. On the brink of death, the agent told Cap that they had created the Cosmic Cube, and that they were betrayed by the Red Skull. The Skull took control of key members of A.I.M. with neural devices in order to obtain the Cosmic Cube for his own use. Tracking the Skull to A.I.M.'s island base, Cap arrived too late to stop the A.I.M. agent under the Skull's control from handing the Cube over to his arch-foe and granting him the power to change reality.
Dr. George Tarleton worked with the team to create the Cosmic Cube, a device with infinite capabilities. The Scientist Supreme (Lyle Getz) decided they needed a way to study the cube, so they created project M.O.D.O.C. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing) to analyze and probe the Cosmic Cube and to improve the organization's productivity in its scientific endeavors, while still being subservient to the higher echelons of the organization. To that end, they mutagenically altered George into the super intelligent being, M.O.D.O.C. His massive cranium was too much to for his frail body to support so they placed him in a hoverchair dubbed the Doomsday Chair. These scientists unwisely did not take into consideration the theory that superior ability naturally leads to superior ambition. It did not take long for M.O.D.O.C. to turn on his former masters and overthrow A.I.M. He adopted the new acronym for his title: M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) at this time as he was more of a ruthless killer than a bean counter in his own estimation.
A.I.M. created three major instruments of deadly potential which stand out above the rest: The first was the Super-Adaptoid, an android capable of duplicating the form and superhuman powers of another being.
Sharon Carter tried to infiltrate A.I.M. To prove to the members of A.I.M. that she was loyal to them she informed them that Nick Fury would be at a designated barbershop for them to assassinate. They sent an A.I.M. android to attack their target at a nearby barber shop. Captain America arrived and stopped the android from killing Nick. Defeating it, the creature dissolved leaving no trace behind. Cap learned its origin and came to rescue Sharon from an A.I.M. submarine. He was undercover as an A.I.M. agent when his cover was blown. M.O.D.O.K. tried to destroy Cap with his mind bolts, but during his fight A.I.M. betrayed its leader and tried to free themselves. As they tried to escape, M.O.D.O.K. detonated the self-destruct leaving everyone only moments to get clear of the blast.
M.O.D.O.K. was later revealed to be alive and well and learned the Red Skull had stolen the Cosmic Cube and used it to swap minds with Captain America. He had survived the explosion of the AIM submarine by creating a mental force-field around him to protect himself from the blast, then using telepathy to call AIM scientists that were still loyal to him to recover him from the ocean. M.O.D.O.K. and A.I.M. manipulated Captain America as a part of a plot to steal Professor Fosgrave's most recent atomic equations, but Cap was able to stop them.
M.O.D.O.K. is unimpressed for with this recent failure. He turned one of his assassins into a cyborg and sent him on a test run to rob a bank. On his return M.O.D.O.K. destroyed the money. He was then sent after Captain America, but failed in his mission to assassinate him.
M.O.D.O.K. created an android duplicate of Bucky and sent him to work with Captain America. When it came down to it, the android's implanted memories of Bucky's loyalty would not allow him to kill Captain America, and it short circuited. He then sent Bulldozer, a giant robot, to kill Captain America.
Namor & Iron Man
A.I.M. agents went to Wakanda to steal Vibranium, but were confronted by T'Challa, however he was easily captured by A.I.M. and held prisoner. They soon revealed to T'Challa that they plan to use the Vibranium to construct devices to rule the Earth from space. Black Panther also learns that one of the A.I.M. members is B'Tumba. Ordering B'Tumba to execute T'Challa, B'Tumba found that he could not do it, and freed the Black Panther and joined him in battling the A.I.M. soldiers.
Dr. Ted Sallis worked on the lost super-soldier serum on behalf of a government contractor. He set up shop in the Florida Everglades with his assistant Ellen Brandt. What he didn't realize was that Brandt was actually a spy for A.I.M.. As soon as Sallis confirmed the success of his super-soldier serum, Brandt contacted her people. They raided the lab and tried to steal the formula from him. The only existing sample was contained within a syringe. Ted grabbed the sample and raced out towards his car while the thugs followed him. Driving away, Sallis realized that the only way that he might survive was to inject himself with it. If nothing else, he would succeed in keeping it out of criminal hands. After injecting himself with the formula, Ted's car veered off a bridge and into the swamp. The super-soldier serum coursing through his bloodstream interfaced with the surrounding vegetation and transformed Sallis into a mindless, shambling muck-monster that men would come to call the Man-Thing. The Man-Thing rose from the swamp and attacked the criminals. He grabbed one and shattered his spine against his knee. Ellen Brandt was present and began screaming. The Man-Thing discovered his empathic connection to all humans, and fear produced a swelling of rage within him. He grabbed Ellen by the face and secreted a corrosive substance from his pores, burning Ellen badly.
Bobbi Morse and Paul Allen came to investigate Ted Sallis' disappearance. They were attacked by A.I.M. but saved by Ka-Zar and Zabu. During the investigation they learned of the Man -Thing. As they confronted the creature, they were all attacked again by A.I.M. as Ka-Zar and Man-Thing fell into a pit dug by A.I.M. Now working with the Man-Thing, they attacked an A.I.M. base. During the fight, they learned that Paul was also working for AIM. He held Barbara at gunpoint until the Man-Thing burst through the wall and went after Paul. Paul let go of Barbara in fear of the Man-Thing, who grabbed Paul. Paul was burned to death by the Man-Thing's touch. Ka-Zar managed to get himself, Zabu, Barbara, and Dr. Calvin out of the base as the Man-Thing activated a switch, causing the base to explode.
Doctor Doom tricked Namor into becoming his ally once again, and together they attacked an A.I.M. installation so that Doom can get his hands on the Cosmic Cube. To ensure Namor's loyalty, Doom kidnapped Cindy Jones and held her hostage until Namor had helped him get the Cosmic Cube. Namor battled through the defenses of the A.I.M. base only to face M.O.D.O.K. and his hordes of androids. Namor fell beneath the might of M.O.D.O.K. and his androids. Doctor Doom was forced to confront M.O.D.O.K. directly. Namor managed to free himself and reach the Cosmic Cube. Doom met up with him, but Namor had ensured the destruction of the Cosmic Cube. They both fled as the Cosmic Cube's explosion destroyed the A.I.M. base.
A.I.M. designed the equipment used by Man-Killer (Katerina Luisa Van Horn) to further her man-hating philosophy. During a fight with Spider-Man she learned A.I.M. was an organization primarily comprised of men. Unable to deal with this fact, the Man-Killer suddenly went into a state of shock, and Spider-Man and the Cat left her for the authorities to collect.
M.O.D.O.K. tried to take out the Hulk. He created a giant robotic body to help in the battle and planned to use gamma radiation to create a creature more powerful than the Hulk and has determined the best subject for it: Betty Talbot. M.O.D.O.K. visited Betty and used his mental powers to amplify her hate and orders her to kill the Hulk the next time she sees him. However M.O.D.O.K. was confronted by the Hulk and his robotic body was no match for him and was forced to flee.
A.I.M. stole vital telemetry headed for Cape Kennedy, which they intend to use for their own rocket tests. S.H.I.E.L.D asked Captain America and Spider-Man for their help in breaking up the operation. Tracking down the A.I.M. base, Captain America and Spider-Man battle A.I.M. and the Grey Gargoyle over control of the device. Despite being shackled to a rocket, the two heroes managed to break free and stop A.I.M. and the Grey Gargoyle.
The Black Lama invited M.O.D.O.K. to the battle for the Golden Globe. Previously briefed by his agents, M.O.D.O.K. immediately accepted, killing an agent for questioning his decision. The Thinker took control of Iron Man's armor, steering him to fight M.O.D.O.K., who donned a giant battle suit. Learning that the Thinker, not the Lama, sent Iron Man, M.O.D.O.K grabbed his foe, traced the armor control to its source, and bought the fight to the Thinker's hideout.
... Following her defeat at the hands of Grotesk, Ms. Marvel plummeted into a cavern, and was recovered by AIM who tried to give one of their agents Ms. Marvel's powers, however when this didn't work, they tried to condition her mind to be loyal to AIM. With M.O.D.O.K.'s help, AIM tried to brainwash Ms. Marvel into servitude making her fall in love with M.O.D.O.K. However, Ms. Marvel managed to break free of her conditioning and fought her way to freedom. Escaping, she found that AIM's hideout was hidden beneath a department store. She changed back to Carol Danvers and made her escape, planning to go back, get revenge on M.O.D.O.K., and stop AIM's operation in the near future.
Spider-Man & Nova
The Doomsday Connection
Having followed M.O.D.O.K. across the country, Iron Man burst into a Nevada AIM base, but found it empty. He started to investigate an energy cradle but was attacked by two Guardian robots. After defeating them he concluded that while the base was an energy relay station, M.O.D.O.K. was not storing the energy there, but would drain energy from the West Coast, blacking it out. He traveled to contact the nearby Champions, but they didn't get his warning signal due to the blackout. He was attacked by Ghost Rider but the misunderstanding was quickly cleared up by the Black Widow. Iron Man updated everybody on M.O.D.O.K. and AIM using his mini-projector, so they split up into three teams to investigate three AIM bases. Black Widow, Hercules, and Angel headed to Redwood National Forest where they were attacked by A.I.M. agents and captured. Iceman, Darkstar, and Ghost Rider headed to San Francisco where they found an underwater AIM installation and were attacked by A.I.M. agents and mutated sea creatures, injuring Darkstar. Iron Man traveled to the Mojave Desert where he came across a Franciscan mission. He asked a friar if he had seen any strange activity, but the friar attacked, revealing himself to be Stryke, a biologically reconstructed, powerful fighter. Realizing he had been set up, Iron Man used his image reproducer to confuse Stryke so that he could escape. He headed back to the Nevada base, contacting the Champions on his way. Having allowed themselves to be captured, Black Widow's team broke free and headed for Nevada. Iceman rescued Darkstar and put her on life support in the Champscraft en route. Iron Man found M.O.D.O.K. at the AIM base, funneling all the stolen energy into his Doomsday Chair to amplify his mental powers. Once-Humans attacked Iron Man and the arriving Champions defeated them. M.O.D.O.K. escaped, destroying the installation behind him, trapping Iron Man and the Champions. Iron Man then used the remaining energy in the energy cradle to supercharge himself. He broke free and pursued M.O.D.O.K., only to accidentally appear to destroy him. Afterwards, Darkstar was brought to the hospital.
Carol Danvers' psychotherapist Michael Barnett was captured by AIM in order to try and learn Ms. Marvel's weakness. Meanwhile, Ms. Marvel had a precognition that both Michael and the Defenders were in danger, so she sought out the Defenders aid. As it turns out, AIM learned that Ms. Marvel feared an attack from the Hulk, and so they went to capture the green goliath with their advanced robots. However, the combined efforts of Ms. Marvel and the Defenders foiled AIM's plot and Michael was released from captivity and freed from AIM's hypnosis by Clea.
New Cosmic Cube
Red Skull and Hate Monger were visited by Dr. Clinton of AIM who assisted them in creating a new Cosmic Cube. As they went to the lab, they were briefed on the previous versions of the Cube. When Clinton told them that without the brain power of M.O.D.O.K. they wouldn't be able to create a new Cosmic Cube, the Red Skull revealed why he hds an army of slaves: To be used as fodder to generate the brain power needed to create a new Cube. S.H.I.E.L.D. tried to stop them but Red Skull fled with the new Cosmic Cube.
Project Neptune, an experimental underwater power generating facility, was overtaken by AIM agents. Iron Man arrived in his aquatic adapted armor, but AIM escaped, trapping him and a group of investors inside.
AIM attacked Project Pegasus to steal from it. Captain America responded to Pegasus' distress call, arriving in time to stop Aquarian from leaving with the Cube. AIM took advantage of Cap's misunderstanding of Aquarian's motives and captured the Cube. Cap and Aquarian followed AIM to their facility. As Cap battled AIM agents, Bernard Worrell took control of the Cube. Cap and Aquarian confronted Worrell. Despite Aquarian's warning that Worrell was causing the Cube pain, Worrell used the Cube to alter reality in multiple attacks. He however was stopped and the Cube was returned to its containment.
M.O.D.O.K. was pushed out of his facilities by a rebel force of AIM. The Abomination brought Kate Waynesboro to an A.I.M. facility in Maine. He was surprised to discover that A.I.M. had rejected M.O.D.O.K. and preserved the facility for their own endeavors. The A.I.M. agents discovered that Kate was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, and decide to use her as the template for a new M.O.D.O.K. Unlike the previous M.O.D.O.K. however, this one would be completely subservient to A.I.M. The Hulk used a Gamma-tracker and followed Kate and the Abomination’s trail to Maine. Outside of the cliffside compound, he encountered M.O.D.O.K. The villain explained to him what A.I.M. intended to do with Dr. Waynesboro. The Hulk burst into the compound, but too late. A.I.M. agents had placed Kate inside of an alteration chamber, and when she emerged, she was a feminine version of M.O.D.O.K. known as Ms. M.O.D.O.K. Ms. M.O.D.O.K. rebelled against her A.I.M. creators and sided with M.O.D.O.K. M.O.D.O.K. pronounced the recreated Waynesboro as his new bride. They merged mental energies with one another in a bizarre display of shared intellect. Turning, M.O.D.O.K. attacked the Hulk and then the Abomination. Projecting a lethal dose of concentrated Gamma energy, M.O.D.O.K. disintegrated the Abomination before the eyes of his new bride. Ms. M.O.D.O.K. was repulsed by M.O.D.O.K.’s cruelty and turned against him. The two began fighting one another, and the Hulk leapt on top of M.O.D.O.K. The villain shot him with a mental blast and fired another blast at Ms. M.O.D.O.K. She fell backwards into the alteration chamber and reverted back to her human form of Katherine Waynesboro. M.O.D.O.K. continued firing blast after blast until he brought the entire laboratory crashing down. He then flew off and evaded capture. The Hulk emerged from the rubble and pulled the unconscious Waynesboro to safety.
The town of Venture Ridge, Wyoming was located near a secret AIM base, where the organization performed research into new power sources. When the head of the base, Timekeeper, realized that there was a powerful energy source within the town itself, he sealed off the town to the outside world so it couldn't be seized by others, leaving the people within on the edge of starvation and anarchy. Local Sheriff Joseph Ember’s eight-year-old daughter Holly-Ann Ember idolized superheroines, and made a wish on her newspaper clippings scrapbook for the heroines to come to her rescue. The heroines in question – Storm Wasp, Tigra, and She-Hulk - were suddenly torn from their normal lives and transported to Venture Ridge, feeling a touch of amnesia. The heroines soon discovered the town was surrounded by an invisible barrier. The heroines were tormented individually by the locals, the Timekeeper, the Timekeeper's girlfriend, and AIM. AIM had been developing various radiation weapons there for decades. The heroines discovered that Holly-Ann was the source of power that AIM sought, and they vowed to fight to protect her. The women battled AIM soldiers and a giant robot under their control with the aid of some of the townsfolk. Soon the villains were turned over to S.H.I.E.L.D., and the town and its inhabitants were saved. Storm left an Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters card with the mutant Holly, should she wish to explore her power further.
Death of M.O.D.O.K.
A.I.M. was not happy with M.O.D.O.K.'s megalomaniacal and short-sighted leadership and he was frequently ousted only to return to power again. M.O.D.O.K. was so focused on his personal grudge with various superheroes that he ignored the scientific aspect of the organization and allowed it to stagnate. The other A.I.M. leaders eventually hired assassins to eliminate him. M.O.D.O.K. was supposedly killed by the Serpent Society during that group's first mission.
M.O.D.A.M. appeared to have been the A.I.M. agent S.O.D.A.M. (once believed to have been Maria Trovaya, first wife of Henry Pym) in an upgraded form. After being modified in a lab at AIM headquarters, M.O.D.A.M. was sent to retrieve the quantum bands of Quasar for A.I.M.'s client Doctor Minerva. M.O.D.A.M. failed at this mission, and was later assigned to retrieve Diamondback, Asp, Anaconda, and Black Mamba for another of A.I.M.'s clients, Superia. M.O.D.A.M. succeeded this time but Superia's plans were thwarted and M.O.D.A.M. was defeated by Captain America.
Another Cosmic Cube
The Red Skull's underlings detected another energy pulse indicating that A.I.M. had failed again at reconstructing the Cosmic Cube. The Avengers landed on the island and attacked the A.I.M. guards and learned that they were adaptoids. The island was saturated with the Cosmic Cube's energies and thoughts were becoming reality (hence Bucky's spontaneous appearance). M.O.D.O.K. attacked Cap and Bucky just as Superia's solution wore off.
Sabretooth and Mystique
Mystique and Sabretooth were sent on a mission to take down A.I.M.
Cyclops and Phoenix
Rilker an A.I.M. agent in charge of their weapon depots in Washington, D.C., it housed the AD-45 Riotbots. Using the alias Mr. Reynolds, he was also in charge of bribing politicians to make them help A.I.M.'s purposes, until he was confronted by Captain America.
Iron Man and Cap fought past automated defenses and AIM agents to reach Zenith City, learning its origins from the locals. Suddenly, M.O.D.O.K. remotely mind controlled the population and used them as pawns against Iron Man and Cap. M.O.D.O.K. used the people's combined psychic energy to generate a psychic construct of himself to battle the heroes, but they destroyed it. With a fleet of AIM vessels coming to conquer Zenith, Iron Man determined a means to revert the population to normal and mostly useless to M.O.D.O.K.. However, Iron Man was so depleted from recent battles that he could not complete the operation, forcing Cap to take the action.
More recently, A.I.M. went seemingly legitimate, creating an internationally-recognized government on Barbuda, now known was the A.I.M. Island, gaining diplomatic immunity which allowed them to grow bigger.
A.I.M. managed to taunt the Avengers and blame them for an explosion caused during a confrontation between a robot duplicate of Forson and Iron Man which killed seventy-four people. Forson then launched A.I.M. troops to seize the White House. Meanwhile, their technological growth was thwarted by the Avengers of said future, who managed to copy A.I.M.'s data from them while destroying the one in possession of the terrorist organization. With their defenses quickly dropping, a strike team of Avengers stormed A.I.M. Island. At the same time, another five Avengers defeated A.I.M.'s forces in Washington.
Time Runs Out
When the existence of the incursions was revealed to the world by the Cabal, Sunspot decided to investigate and solve said problem, for which he decided to buy A.I.M.. Even though he had acquired ownership over the organization legitimately, Forson refused to give his empire to Da Costa. Sunspot traveled to A.I.M. Island, where he managed to convince A.I.M.'s agents to side with him, and only had to kick out Forson by force. After a fight between the two contenders for leadership, Sunspot defeated Forson, who was forced to retreat with Monica Rappaccini, who swore revenge.
Subsequently, Sunspot used A.I.M.'s resources to investigate the incursions. Once they managed to create a machine to propel individuals across the Multiverse, some of the heroes who were helping A.I.M. offered themselves to participate in a one-way trip to find the origin of the incursions.
Avengers Idea Mechanics
In the following months, Sunspot removed any employee that posed a bad influence and rebranded his new company as Avengers Idea Mechanics, now located in the Avengers Island, with the purpose of helping the world, primarily by funding his New Avengers team.
Some remnants of A.I.M. that fled when Sunspot bought out the organization sided with the Maker and his organization W.H.I.S.P.E.R., others sought out their former leaders and continued fighting on their behalf. Da Costa's successor Toni Ho eventually decided to let these rogue cells reclaim their acronym while she rebranded her organization as R.E.S.C.U.E..
A.I.M. eventually reformed under the leadership of Monica Rappaccini, and hired Seeker, Finesse, and Brilliance. Having apparent knowledge on the Ultron/Hank Pym Hybrid, A.I.M sent Seeker to steal a cube from Horizon Labs. Despite the interference from Wasp, Seeker was still able to retrieve the cube and escape, but not before informing Nadia that her deceased father, Hank Pym, was in fact alive, and would infect the human race.
A.I.M launched an attack on Pym Laboratories and stole a pair of makeshift Vision Gloves, while simultaneously defeating all Pym Labs members. It auctioned a new Super-Adaptoid at the Criminal Technology Show Expo in Las Vegas, and Rappaccini hired Gwenpool to kill M.O.D.O.K.
- Advanced Idea Mechanics Uniform:
A.I.M.'s leaders traditionally wear yellow three piece business suits. Technical supervisors wear yellow jumpsuits, skull-caps, and goggles. However, the organization is renowned for the "beekeeper" looking helmets and NBC suit uniform of its underlings.
- Two A.I.M. splinter groups exist, such as Advanced Ideas in Destruction (A.I.D.) which evolved into Radically Advanced Ideas in Destruction (R.A.I.D.), and Advanced Genocide Mechanics (A.G.M.).
- A.I.M.'s members are often referred to as "the beekeepers" due to the preeminent design of their uniforms.
- Because of their hoods, A.I.M. agents still rely on key cards instead of biometric locks.
- A.I.M. of Earth-616 has some experience with exploring alternate realities, having cells on Earth-1610, 295, and 311.
- A.I.M. influenced the creation of several other fictional organizations, including ARGENT in the Champions paper and pencil roleplaying game and H.I.V.E. in DC Comics.
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