- Advanced Idea Mechanics--- an organized group of international science-terrorists. You know, like one of those Japanese techno-apocalypse cults? They recruit the kinda brilliant geeks and brainy outsiders who want revenge for not getting any booty...
A.I.M. first began during World War II. 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.
A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) is an organization of brilliant scientists and their hirelings dedicated to the acquisition of power and the overthrow of all governments by technological means.
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, bioengineering, bionics, and physics. Eventually the scientists publicly incorporated their organization under the name of Advance Idea Mechanics. A.I.M. or Hydra's goals and activities were subversive and kept secret. Hydra's existence remained unknown for 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.
After S.H.I.E.L.D defeated Hydra, A.I.M. attempted to force S.H.I.E.L.D Director Nicholas 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. However, immediately upon the demise of Baron Strucker and most of Hydra's leading members in the destruction of Hydra Island, A.I.M. (now under the leadership of M.O.D.O.K.) severed its ties with Hydra, and has remained an independent organization ever since.
A.I.M. has 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 T.H.E.M.selves 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 organizations, including A.I.M., during the period between Hydra's first seeming destruction by S.H.I.E.L.D and its later re-emergence. However, A.I.M. has created three major instruments of deadly potential which stand out above the rest. The first is the Super-Adaptoid, an android capable of duplicating the form and superhuman powers of another being. The second instrument was 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.
The third major achievement of A.I.M. is the creation of M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organization Designed Only for Killing), an artificially mutated human being with an enormous head and a stunted body who possesses superhuman intelligence and various psionic abilities. M.O.D.O.K. was originally an ordinary A.I.M. member who was selected by A.I.M.'s leader, the so-called Scientist Supreme, to be the subject of vast bionic experiments that turned him into M.O.D.O.K.. After being transformed, M.O.D.O.K. slew the Scientist Supreme and seized control of A.I.M., severing its ties with the demolished Hydra. For years A.I.M. existed merely to serve M.O.D.O.K.'s ambitions for power. Under his leadership, A.I.M. stagnated intellectually, created no truly impressive weapon, and launched no major attack on any nation.
However, two different splinter groups of A.I.M. agents who had escaped being taken over by M.O.D.O.K. emerged. One of the groups often clashed with M.O.D.O.K.'s A.I.M.; another unsuccessfully attempted to create another active Cosmic Cube. Finally, dissension with M.O.D.O.K.'s rule grew within M.O.D.O.K.'s own organization and broke out in rebellion against him, forcing M.O.D.O.K. out of the organization. The three factions of A.I.M. again combined, so that today A.I.M. once more stands as a united organization. M.O.D.O.K. has been captured by A.I.M. and reprogrammed to obey the ruling council.
More recently, A.I.M. went seemingly legitimate, creating an internationally-recognized government on Barbuda, now known was the A.I.M. Island.
- Advanced Ideas in Destruction (A.I.D.)
- A.I.D. is a splinter cell of Advanced Idea Mechanics. Instead of recruiting rogue scientists into its ranks however, they are instead comprised of weapons-trained combatants. Rather than working for the A.I.M. hierarchy, A.I.D. were employed as agents of the Red Skull. Their field commander was the Red Skull's hired muscle Crossbones. A.I.D. first came around when they attempted to detonate a fire bomb beneath the streets of New York City. Captain America and Agent 13 fought with A.I.D. and prevented the bomb from exploding.
First Appearance: Captain America (Volume 5) #1
- Advanced Genocide Mechanics (A.G.M.)
- A.G.M. is yet another splinter group of the larger Advanced Idea Mechanics. They were first identified when they were linked to an attack that took place in Tanzania in the African Congo. Three suicide bombers using appropriated Stark Industries technology slaughtered ninety-eight people in the region of Tabora. S.H.I.E.L.D. investigated the incident and established a connection between the bombers and A.G.M.
First Appearance: Invincible Iron Man #1
Equipment: None known.
Weapons: None known.
- No special notes.
- A.I.M.'s members are often referred to as "the beekeepers" due to the design of their uniforms.
- Nick Fury rogues gallery
- Marvel Directory - A.I.M.
- Advanced Ideas Mechanics - Wikipedia
- Danny Wall's Unofficial Handbook to the Marvel Universe
- 77 Advanced Idea Mechanics (Earth-616) Members
- 319 Appearances of Advanced Idea Mechanics (Earth-616)
- 19 Images that include Advanced Idea Mechanics (Earth-616)
- Team Gallery: Advanced Idea Mechanics (Earth-616)
- Fan-Art Gallery: Advanced Idea Mechanics (Earth-616)
Links and References