Advanced Idea Mechanics
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 government by technological means. A.I.M. was formed by a group of frustrated weapons designers put out of work when Tony Stark took Stark Industries and converted it to Stark Solutions, effectively ending his weapons-development business. Now secretly funded by Roxxon Energy, A.I.M. first came to public attention as an international cartel dealing with the development and marketing of new technological products, supplying hardware and weapons to rogue governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, inckuding Hydra. Some time after this Col. Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. exposed A.I.M. to be a subversive organization. Since then, all of A.I.M.’s activities have been covert.
One of A.I.M’s major achievements was the creation of M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism 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. Originally an ordinary A.I.M. member, he was selected 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. killed the Scientist Supreme (a high-ranking member of A.I.M.).and seized control.
Several splinter groups have broken off, including R.A.I.D. (Radically Advanced Ideas in Destruction).