Advanced Idea Mechanics
AIM is an organization of brilliant scientists and their hirelings dedicated to the acquisition of power and the overthrow of all governments by technological means. AIM was organized late in World War II by Baron Wolfgang von Struker to develop advanced weaponry for his subversive organization HYDRA. They were close to developing and attaining nuclear weapons when HYDRA island was invaded by American and Japanese troops. Although HYDRA suffered a major setback, it survived and grew in secret over the following decades.
The group of scientists grew as well, both in number and achievements. They made significant advances in various fields, including robotics, bionics, bioengineering, and physics. Eventually the scientists publicly incorporated their organization under the name Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM). No one outside of the organization knew of AIM's subversive goals, accomplishments, or scientific achievements, let alone that AIM was actually the research wing for the still secret HYDRA. Rather, AIM was believed by the public to be an international cartel dealing with the development and marketing of new technological products. AIM gained great influence with the U.S. government as a supplier of hardware and weaponry to government agencies.
Eventually HYDRA revealed its existence only to be defeated by S.H.I.E.L.D. AIM, whose connection to HYDRA remained secret, attempted to discredit S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nicholas Fury and thereby force his removal. The attempt, led by Count Bornag Royale, failed and instead enabled Fury to expose AIM's duplicity. Although S.H.I.E.L.D. believed it had put an end to AIM, much of the organization escaped capture and preserved the secrecy of their connection with HYDRA.
AIM created a wide variety of advanced technological weaponry and, during the period it was under HYDRA'S control, made great strides in creating androids which the organization utilized as assassins. During this period, AIM members sometimes referred to themselves as agents of THEM. THEM was the code-name for the group which governed HYDRA and its subsidiary organizations, including AIM, during the period between HYDRA'S initial apparent destruction by S.H.I.E.L.D. and its later re-emergence.
AIM has created three major implements of deadly potential which stand far above the rest of their accomplishments. The greatest of these was the Cosmic Cube, a device capable of altering reality. AIM did not realize that they had only manufactured the cubical containment device; the real power was an entity accidentally drawn into this dimension. The Cosmic Cube recently evolved into Kubik. The second was the Super-Adaptoid, an android capable of mimicking the appearance and superpowers of other beings. The Super-Adaptoid's powers were made possible by incorporating a sliver of the Cosmic Cube into its form. When Kubik repossessed the sliver after defeating the Adaptoid, the android was rendered inanimate. AIM's third achievement was the creation of the Modok (Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing), an artificially mutated human with an enormous head and psionic abilities. Modok was originally an ordinary AIM scientist who was selected by AIM's leader, the Scientist Supreme, to be the subject of the bionic and genetic experiments that turned him into Modok. after his transformation, Modok killed the Scientist Supreme and took control of AIM, Modok took advantage of the organizational chaos following the destruction of HYDRA Island and the deaths of Baron Strucker and most of HYDRA's leading members to sever AIM's ties with HYDRA.
For years, AIM existed solely to serve Modok's needs and ambitions for power. AIM stagnated technologically, created no further innovations, and launched no major attacks on the world. However, two splinter groups of AIM formed, both consisted of AIM rebel agents who had fled Modok's control. One group often clashed with Modok's AIM. The second tried unsuccessfully to create a second Cosmic Cube. Finally, internal AIM dissension with Modok's rule broke into open revolt against Modok. The AIM rebels joined forces with the splinter groups and drove Modok from their organization. Modok was later assassinated by members of the Serpent Society.
The three AIM factions reunited and prepared for a new campaign of renewed growth and conquest, but it was not to be. AIM's new leadership was secretly replaced by androids from Project Delta who were also secretly taking control of HYDRA, S.H.I.E.L.D., Roxxon, and other clandestine organizations. In the next few years, most of AIM's members were killed and replaced with android duplicates. AIM rejoined HYDRA, only to see both organizations destroyed along with S.H.I.E.L.D. when the Delta androids revealed their true purpose. The androids later destroyed themselves.
At this time, it is unknown what remnants, if any, of AIM survive. Their facilities remain intact, including a dome complex atop the Himalayan Mountains and a partially demolished but still watertight submarine complex off the U.S. Atlantic coast. Since most of these sites are well hidden or inaccessible and those who knew of their location either died or are in hiding, they probably remain treasure troves of advanced technology waiting for future users.
|Typical A.I.M Operative|
- Body Armor: Excellent protection from energy attacks, Remarkable protection from physical attacks. Air filter provides Excellent protection from airborne toxins and bacteria.
- Blaster: Remarkable damage at a range of 5 areas.