Advanced Idea Mechanics
Advanced Idea Mechanics is an organization that features in Marvel Comics.
Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.) was an organization that operated in the world and dealt in advanced technology. ((Strange Tales v1 #146) It was said that they were established in 1962 and functioned as an international cartel. (Strange Tales v1 #146) In reality, it was one of two branches established by Hydra's THEM division with its other counterpart being the Secret Empire. (Strange Tales v1 #147)
A.I.M. came to determine that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s formula for the creation of artificial men in the form of Life Model Decoys was superior to their own chemical androids. Thus, they made an active effort in attempting to steal the technology for themselves. (Strange Tales v1 #147)
M.O.D.O.K. came to survive the encounter through his own abilities and the assistance of his synthetic androids. They helped him re-establish his base of operations in New Orleans where he kept his activities a secret with many of his enemies believing him slain. During this time, Doctor Doom sought to acquire the Cosmic Cube from the hidden installation thus bringing him and Namor into conflict with A.I.M. (Sub-Mariner v1 #48)
The organization came to ally itself with Klaw in order to conduct operations in the Savage Land. This was with the purpose of mining it of its supply of Vibranium with Klaw intending to destroy any remaining samples in an effort to draw out and destroy his arch-enemy the Black Panther. Their activities were set-up as an ambush which drew out Princess Shuri who worked alongside Shanna the She-Devil with the two battling A.I.M. (Klaws of the Black Panther v1 #1)
The Imperial Council of Seven later enacted a Project Brain Drain where they sought to artificially enhance human intelligence and create a controllable supermind. An A.I.M. agent was selected to undergo the process but the project could not achieve its results. Thus, A.I.M. looked to utilise the talents of Hank Pym and had their operative disguise herself as ex-wife Maria Pym in order to elicit his aid. This led to the completion of the project where she was transformed into S.O.D.A.M. (Solo Avengers v1 #16)
A faction of A.I.M. sought to launch a rocket into space in order to hijack the government's experiments with Cavourite Crystals that were being used to harness interstellar flight and thus control the world. M.O.D.O.K. decided to acquire this power with his blue faction attacking a base of their rivals disguised underneath the Alden department store. Once there, they took the data they needed on the launch site and made their move to take over the launch only for them to be thwarted by the intervention of Ms. Marvel. (Ms. Marvel v1 #10)
A.I.M. was later fractured during the time when M.O.D.O.K. was dying from a disease with only a few were aware of this leading to various groups seeking to take control of the organization. (Ms. Marvel v2 #15) For months, S.H.I.E.L.D. had been targeting A.I.M. branches around the world with this being part of a new initiative known as Operation: Lightning Storm. (Ms. Marvel v2 #13)
A group that served as accountants for the organization later established a splinter cell who were led by Reginald Fisher. They used a number of old M.O.D.O.C.s for their computing power allowing them to launder money and fund their distribution side. After a few years, the cell began operating an accounting business and killed the M.O.D.O.C.'s to harvest them for parts to create Storyteller 2.0. to influence reality with their thoughts. Norman Osborn attempted to cement an alliance with this cell but they rejected his offer. (Ms. Marvel v2 #39)
A branch of A.I.M. looked to reactivate the Quintronic Man as a weapon for their arsenal and looked to abduct the only living pilot after acquiring the suit for themselves. The pilot was replaced by S.H.I.E.L.D. with Bruce Banner who transformed into the Hulk at A.I.M.'s headquarters where he successfully dismantled their operation and killed the cell leader. (Indestructible Hulk v1 #3) Agents from A.I.M. were responsible for kidnapping Maya Hansen and forcing her to recreate the Extremis serum with them killing her when she attempted to escape but not before she warned Tony Stark. Afterwards, A.I.M. headed a sale of Extremis with Colin-44 offering it as a flexible precise means of creating Homo Extremis super-humans. As Iron Man, Stark stopped the sale of further Extremis and neutralised the enhancile A.I.M. warriors but learnt that the kit had been sold to four other people. (Iron Man v5 #1)
In time, they came to be one of the five great criminal cartels in the world with them working together to make a megacrime organization. Thus, they came to stand alongside the Secret Empire, Hydra, Agence Byzantine and Black Spectre. These used the Midas Corporation as a leverage point with all the crime bodies pouring their confidential operations into the Omegadrive. (Daredevil v3 #6)
A.I.M. later purchased the island nation of Barbuda as it turned itself into a nation state. Around this time, they elected for a new leader with Andrew Forson chosen as the Scientist Supreme. (Fantastic Four v1 #610) He travelled to the remote research facility called the Gate in the Arctic Circle where he took part in an experiment to determine the future of A.I.M.'s great celestial experiment. Forson returned with an epiphany and as sovereign designate he went about his task to bring about this future. The entirety of the A.I.M. personnel at the facility then committed suicide whilst the laboratory self-destructed to leave no remains behind. He then travelled to the Chariot facility in Russia where he decided to purge A.I.M. of undesirables and reform the organisation. He then turned the organisation into a government with it headed by a High Council of A.I.M. whose members included Yelena Belova, Mentallo, Superia, Graviton and Jude the Entropic Man. (Secret Avengers v2 #2) A splinter faction led by M.O.D.O.K. came to believe that the main branch had become a fanatical cult and thus sought their destruction. To achieve that end, this branch decided to form an alliance with S.H.I.E.L.D. where M.O.D.O.K. offered to work for them and deliver them vital intelligence about A.I.M. Island. This included information about the Medusa base with a Secret Avenger mission being launched to destroy the secret facility. (Secret Avengers v2 #13)
Under Forson's rule, A.I.M. made contact with a branch of themselves that would come into existence in several decade. An arrangement was struck between past and future self where they traded advanced technology as well as innovations that allowed A.I.M. to improve itself in the modern day. (Avengers World v1 #9)
Da Costa's successor Toni Ho later decided to allow the rogue cells to reclaim the A.I.M. acronym and she rebranded those still loyal to her into a new organization that was called R.E.S.C.U.E. (Avengers v1 #690)
It was shown that A.I.M. had seemingly reformed under the leadership of Monica Rappaccini who had them engage in various technological thefts around the world. (Unstoppable Wasp v2 #1)
It was claimed that they were not a simple business organization or political union but instead a society consisting of the greatest minds on Earth. Their objective was stated to be the benefit of mankind. (Strange Tales v1 #146) A.I.M. had the most advanced scientific apparatuses of any criminal organization on the planet. (Tales of Suspense v1 #93) A.I.M.'s designers, technicians and manufacturers were said to had been the best in the world. (Quasar v1 #9) Some compared them to international science-terrorists that were similar to techno-apocalypse cults. (New X-Men v1 #143)
Leadership of the organization was often headed by an individual known as the Scientist Supreme. (Strange Tales v1 #146) At one point, it established a leadership body known as the High Council of A.I.M. where it operated as a type of government for their nation. This included people taking position as Ministers that filled the roles for State, Public Affairs, Education, Science and Health. (Secret Avengers v2 #2) The Imperial Council of Seven consisted of the secret rulers of A.I.M. (Solo Avengers v1 #16) When it operated as a business, it was noted to had held a promotions department. (Quasar v1 #9) Operatives wore the yellow encompassing uniforms with the helmets actually containing a heads-up-display that showed a great deal of information on targets. (Ms. Marvel v2 #11)
A.I.M. had developed a number of creations that included:
- A.I.M. Viruses : these viruses were evolved to go through a continuous cycle of evolution allowing them to grow in size and adapt to attacks. (X-Men v4 #18)
- Hypno-Helmets : a helmet that when worn generated subsonic frequencies that affected the mind of others making the user nearly invisible to them. (Tales of Suspense v1 #79)
- Sonatron : a device designed by Klaw that used the untapped power of high-frequency sound as a weapon thus rendering human targets unconscious. (Avengers v1 #87)
- Pulse Mite : an advanced microdrone able to incapacitate power armour from the inside via a specialised pulse emission with it being designed by Huang Qiaolian. (Iron Man: Titanium v1 #1)
- AD-45 Riotbots : roughly humanoid automatons that had weapons built in their arms and also used their fists in melee combat. (Captain America v3 #13)
- M.O.D.O.C. : the Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing were humans that were altered to become living breathing computers with distorted features as their bodies were mutated. (Captain America v1 #133)
- Storyteller Protocols : a project involving children being engineered from a young age to have reality manipulation abilities akin to the Scarlet Witch allowing them to rewrite existence or make things with their mind with many of the children dying except for one named Gavin. (Ms. Marvel One-Shot v1 #1)
- Storyteller 2.0 : created from killing M.O.D.O.C.s to harvest them to create a neural net of human foetuses whose minds were enhanced with the Storyteller Protocols whilst their bodies were wired into advanced life support systems whilst their brains were networked together. They were able to alter reality with anything they could imagine becoming real. (Ms. Marvel v2 #39)
- Adaptoids : a blank featureless artificial human form able to take the shape of others and copy their abilities. (Tales of Suspense v1 #82)
- Project Brain Drain : a project that looked to artificially enhance human intelligence to create a supermind that was controlled by A.I.M. (Solo Avengers v1 #16)
- M.O.G.O.D. : the Microscopic Oddities Generated Only for Disintegration were small hand-sized versions of M.O.D.O.K. that swarmed targets and used psychic attacks. (A+X v1 #4)
- M.O.D.O.C. Squad : the Military Operatives Designed Only for Combat Squad were a team of engineered soldiers with a hive mind dispatched on missions. (Captain America v5 #8)
- M.A.D.A.K. : the Metal Arachind Designed for Aggressive Killing were insectile machines deployed to attack enemies. (Captain America v1 #616)
They could create artificial men in the form of androids that came in a variety of designs. These included the aquatic amphibian androids and the yellow-skinned powerful brute hammer-hand androids. The artificial beings were grown like plants with production lines being made by them. When not programmed for a mission then they turned into lifeless fibre making them harmless at this point of their construction. (Strange Tales v1 #146) They had the ability to create highly sophisticated artificial simulacrum that were machines that were indistinguishable from humans and could be made in the guise of a person. (Solo Avengers v1 #16) It was shown that they had created their own versions of Sentinels that were made in the form of their operatives and dispatched on assignments in the name of science. (Domino: Hotshots v1 #3) There were numerous developments in M.O. Technology bio-mechanical research that allowed them to transform individuals into such powerful cybernetic entities. (Quasar v1 #9) For this purpose, they were known to harvest the brains of dead A.I.M. agents that were kept in special spherical containers. (Solo Avengers v1 #16) Subjects were placed within alteration chambers where they were transformed into whatever purpose needed by A.I.M. (Captain America v1 #133) Through gene manipulation, they were also able to create genetically engineered life forms like the Gnashers created from gorillas that were grown from artificial wombs and modify them in various ways such as reducing the need for sleep. (Ms. Marvel v2 #15) A.I.M. also had the means of creating clones with their output such as Colin-60 with these being sold to companies. (Iron Man: Fatal Frontier Infinite Comic v1 #11)
It had created the A.I.M. Network as a communication tool designed to hold data that was accessed through set protocols. (Ms. Marvel v2 #11) All members of A.I.M. science teams wore a GPS locator device so that they could be found in case they were lost in the field. (Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth v1 #3)
An automatic monitor system was used to protect their secret installations. (Sub-Mariner v1 #47)
A.I.M. had established a number of bio-havens that were shielded from the world and were self-sufficient. (Amazing Fantasy v2 #10)
At another point, they used their assets as an international corporation to purchase the island of Barbuda. This became A.I.M.’s base of operations as A.I.M. Island where it established itself as a nation state complete with diplomatic immunity. The nerve centre of their empire was the Science Scientorium. (Fantastic Four v1 #610)
- M.O.D.O.K. :
- Andrew Forson :
- Monica Rappaccini :
- Alessandro Brannex : a male who operated as the newly appointed Chairman of the Board. (Quasar v1 #9)
- Sean Madigan : male member who was the son of George Tarleton who became M.O.D.O.K. and sought to kill his father and divide A.I.M. into a terrorist organization of splinter cells. He attempted to claim leadership of A.I.M. but was killed by Monica Rappaccini but was reanimated by two scientists of the organization whereupon he took the name Head Case with him now appearing as an armored humanoid with a skull in a jar of liquid. (Ms. Marvel v2 #16)
- Bornag Royale : an older male who was the ambassador extraordinaire for A.I.M. (Strange Tales v1 #146)
- George Clinton : an older male who was one of the founding members of A.I.M. and also present at the creation of the first Cosmic Cube project with him surviving the purge of the organizations leadership by M.O.D.O.K. (Super-Villain Team-Up v1 #17)
- Olinka Barankova : a female former KGB agent who defected and joined A.I.M. (Iron Man v1 #297) She was transformed into the cyborg S.O.D.A.M. (Solo Avengers v1 #16)
- Lyle Getz :
- Yorgon Tykkio :
- Valdemar Tykkio :
- Solemne Brannex : sister to Alessandro Brannex who betrayed A.I.M. to Nick Fury after they were attempting to recover a crashed Shi'ar scout ship. (Marvel Comics Presents v1 #174)
- Robert DaCosta :
- Victor Conrad :
- Cache : a sentient artificial virtual entity that was tasked with heading Parliamech and gathering data. (Captain America v3 #34)
- B'Tumba : male Wakandan son of the witch doctor N'Baza and childhood friend of T'Challa who was resented the Prince leading to him being secretly recruited by A.I.M. when the pair studied in Europe. (Avengers v1 #87)
- Huang Qiaolian : a young 21 year old female A.I.M. scientist who disguised herself as being in charge of a start-up company and developed the Titanium Man Matryoshka Drones. (Iron Man: Titanium v1 #1)
- Eugene Toussaint :
- Rilker : a male who was in charge of one of A.I.M.'s weapon depots located in Washington, D.C. where he went under the name of Mr. Reynolds. He was also charged with bribing politicians in order to ensure A.I.M.s objectives but he was defeated by Captain America. (Captain America v3 #13)
- Betty Swanson :
- Henry Joern :
- Colin Thirty-Three : an older male who headed the plan to reactivate the Quintronic Man but was killed by the Hulk after the Jade Giant was deployed as a living weapon by S.H.I.E.L.D. (Indestructible Hulk v1 #3)
- Messenger : the identity given to a brainwashed Izzy Kane after the superhero Smasher was captured by A.I.M. (Avengers World v1 #2)
- Seeker :
- Alia Gregor : a 32 year old female scientist who was a member of A.I.M. that published the Cro-Magnon Problem after the Genoshan genocide about the threat of evolutionary replacement by Mutants. (House of X v1 #1)
- Anton Trask : a male who served as a guard that Taskmaster took under his wing until the man betrayed him by using the TESS-One robot against him. (Secret Avengers v2 #13)
- A.I.M. was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby that made their first appearance in Strange Tales v1 #146 (July, 1966).
- In their original appearance, they were simply known as THEM in Strange Tales v1 #142 (March, 1966) that was depicted in Tales of Suspense v1 #78 (June, 1966) but was later referred to as A.I.M.
- In Astonishing Tales v2 (2009), a splinter group called Advanced Ideas Research was shown to exist in the alternate future reality of Earth-8410. This group operated as a corporate business who were headed by a CEO named Madam Modoc and were said to had distanced themselves from their parent organization.
In other media
- In The Marvel Super Heroes, Advanced Idea Mechanics appeared as antagonists in the Captain America segments in Episode 13 "The Red Skull Lives", "He Who Holds the Cosmic Cube", "The Red Skull Supreme". They were an organization who in the modern age managed to uncover the Red Skull and his two henchmen who were both in a bunker from World War II with them being alive after being in stasis after exposure to an experimental gas. The grant imperator of A.I.M. allied with the Red Skull for his aid in defeating Captain America. By this time, they had also developed the powerful device known as the Cosmic Cube. After learning of its existence, the Red Skull placed a mind control device on the A.I.M. keeper of the Cosmic Cube causing him to betray his organization and bring the device to the villain. A member of A.I.M. attempted to stop the keeper but was shot down though in his final moments he warned Captain America of the danger posed by the Red Skull.
- In Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, A.I.M. appeared in a cameo role in the animated television series in the episode "The X-Men Adventure". They were unnamed in the episode but wore the distinctive uniforms of the organization where they attacked the laboratory of Nathan Price. Firestar was at the scene where she stopped them but an accidental laboratory explosion badly wounded Price transforming him into the villainous Cyberiad.
- In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Advanced Idea Mechanics were shown as being antagonists in the animated series. During the episode "The Outbreak", a number of their agents were sent to the Latverian border to trade stolen Stark technology to Lucia von Bardas but the exchange was interrupted by Iron Man. Iron Man defeated the A.I.M. operatives and took them to the Vault for incarceration. In the episode "Everything's Wonderful", it was shown that they were developing the Cosmic Cube weapon for Baron Strucker. Grim Reaper approached A.I.M. to transform his brother Simon Williams with superhuman abilities through an experimental procedure using ionic energy thus turning him into Wonder Man. At the time, Wasp and Thor had attacked the A.I.M. base but M.O.D.O.K. along with his forces escaped onboard their ship.
- In Avengers Assemble, A.I.M. made a number of appearances throughout the animated television series where they were frequently shown as minions of M.O.D.O.K.
- In Spider-Man, A.I.M. appeared briefly as antagonists in the 2017 animated television series in the episode "Symbiotic Relationship". They were operating from a warehouse when the black suit equipped Spider-Man found them and he fought their men. Despite their numbers and weapons, the A.I.M. operatives were defeated and left webbed up for the authorities to find and arrest.
- In Marvel Future Avengers, A.I.M. appeared in the setting of the animated television series. The Avengers pursued one of their cells in order to interrogate them about information about the mysterious Winter Soldier and Hydra’s Emerald Rain Project.
- In Iron Man: Rise of the Technovore, Advanced Idea Mechanics was mentioned as a highly disreputable group who did not pass the security audit from Stark Industries. They were know to had been researching bio-technological hybrid armors for years in secret and involved with numerous criminals. One of their facilities was situated in Karachi in Pakistan with their front company appearing as a warehouse for medical supplies but was actually involved in chemical warfare research and sale of illegal weapons.
- In Iron Man 3, A.I.M. appeared in the setting of the live-action film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They were shown as becoming a government-sanctioned, privately funded think-tank headed by Aldrich Killian and were responsible for developing the Extremis virus.
- In Marvel Heroes, A.I.M. appeared as antagonists in the setting of the MMORPG video game. They were described as a terrorist organization with scientists heading the group and made use of robots such as the Swarmbots and Gunbots.
- In Marvel: Future Fight, A.I.M. appeared as antagonists in the setting of the iOS video game. Among the types of enemies encountered were A.I.M. Mechanical Soldiers and A.I.M. Rangers.
- In Marvel Avengers Academy, the A.I.M. Institute of Super-Technology made an appearance in the video game setting.
- In Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, the A.I.M. Brella Corporation appeared in the fighting video games story mode where they existed in a world where the Marvel and Capcom universes had merged. They were headed by M.O.D.O.K. and were responsible for the creation of B.O.W. living weapons.
- In Marvel Strike Force, A.I.M. appeared as antagonists and as support characters in the mobile video game. Among the different types of warriors included Infectors', Monstrosities, Researchers, and Security. A playable character in the game included a masked mysterious female Scientist Supreme.
- In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, A.I.M. appeared in the setting of the Wii video game. They were described as an organization that worshipped science and were under the command of M.O.D.O.K. The Winter Soldier had infiltrated their base when they had found the Soul Stone and he broke his cover in order to hide it from them but they pursued the hero to Wakanda leading to their invasion of the country. They were ultimately defeated by the Avengers with M.O.D.O.K. being stripped of the Soul Stone's power thus thwarting their plans for world conquest.
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