Secrets and Sins
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 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. 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. Gaining diplomatic immunity allowed them to grow bigger. Using an unknown device, A.I.M. accelerated the flow of time within the limits of the island, during which A.I.M. became a powerful technological empire.