MCU Major Organizations in Comics and Live Action

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The Marvel Universe is made up of many organizations and agencies. Some of them are government owned while others are private companies. These have also often appeared in Marvel’s live-action (MCU) projects and have a significant impact on its storyline. In this article, we’ll discuss some of these organizations, their details, and how their live-action adaptations differ from their comic book counterparts.

So let’s get started.

1. PURPOSE

AIM and Aldrich Killian in MCU

AIM is short for Advanced Idea Mechanics. It is a privately funded think tank dedicated to the acquisition and development of power through the latest technological advancements. They secretly work to overthrow the governments of the world by supplying arms and weapons to radicals and subversive organizations. In the comics, it was founded by Baron deStrucker during WWII. It was previously called only “Them” and was a branch of HYDRA.

In MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), it was first mentioned during iron man 3. There it was shown that the agency was founded by Aldrich Killian and was funded by the US government. However, Killian used it to develop a weapon known as the extreme and used Mandarin’s fake face to hide his operations. Aldrich even tried to recruit Tony Stark to his team but Stark refused. In the end, Killian’s plan was thwarted by James Rhodes and Rigidof which the latter defeated all the Extremis soldiers, while peppers kill Killian.

2. HAMMER

The HAMMER and Justin Hammer in MCU

HAMMER Industries is a British aerospace, defence, security and advanced technology company headquartered in London, UK. Justin Hammer is its President and CEO. In the comics, after Justin Hammer disappeared, his daughter (Justine Hammer) renamed the company DETROIT STEEL and turned it into a new arms supply business. During the “Dark Reign” storyline, it was revealed that HAMMER was originally created by Norman Osborn (aka Green Goblin) when put in charge of S.H.I.E.L.D. after eliminating an alien threat.

In the MCU, The HAMMER Industries and Justin Hammer made their appearances in Iron Man 2. There, Justin Hammer was shown to be a business rival to Tony Stark and his Stark Industries. Justin was trying to develop his own version of the Iron Man armor, but couldn’t. Furious, Hammer recruited Ivan Vanko (aka Whiplash), to attempt to replicate Stark’s Arc Reactor technology. But it also backfired when Vanko betrayed Hammer, which resulted in Hammer being incarcerated inside Seagate Penitentiary for his involvement in Vanko’s actions.

3. HYDRA

HYDRA and Red Skull in the MCU

The main sworn enemies of Captain America and the anti-terrorist agency SHIELD It was founded in the 4th century BC (by a pagan god named Hivelisten)) and then reincarnated during World War II. During the war, it was founded by John Schmidt with the help of his partner named Dr. Arnim Zola. It was formed with the official approval of the Nazi Führer, adolf hitler, to aid his supernatural, extraterrestrial, and metahuman experiments.

In the MCU, HYDRA appeared as the main group of villains in the movie. Captain America: The First Avenger. It was led by Johann Schmidt, the Red Skull. They were declared to be part of the deep scientific division of the Nazis and used the power of Cosmic Cube (a.k.a tesseract). It was later revealed in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, that many HYDRA soldiers have long infiltrated the government agency – SHIELD. Captain America (Steve Rogers) with the help of his friends – Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes) and Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) thwarted their plans for world destruction and destroyed their base Triskelion.

4. SHIELD

SHIELD and Nick Fury in the MCU

The acronym SHIELD originally stood for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage and Law Enforcement Division. In 1991, it was later replaced by the Strategic Division of Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics. It was founded after HYDRA’s defeat in World War II by Howard Stark, Chester Phillips, and Peggy Carter. In the comics, its British counterpart was known as the STRIKE (Special Tactical Response for International Key Emergencies) and its Chinese counterpart was called the SPEAR.

In the MCU, it has been shown to be ruled by Nick Fury (Samuel Jackson) and the World Security Council. Fury then formed avengers, a strike team of enhanced individuals, to combat future otherworldly and deadly threats. S.H.I.E.L.D. was made up of many highly trained agents like Agent Phil Coulson and Agent Maria Hill. They are equipped with advanced technologies and weapons like Jets, Hellicarriers, Quinjets, etc. Over the years, SHIELD has made several prominent appearances in numerous MCU projects.

In the comics, it has several divisions and subsidiaries-

  • SWORD (Sentient World Observation and Response Department): for extraterrestrial threats,
  • WAND (Wizardry, Alchemy, and Necromancy Department): for questions related to magic,
  • ORCHIS: dedicated to keeping mutants under control,
  • STAKE (Special Threat Assessment for Known Extranormalities): to protect the earth from supernatural threats.

5. SWORD

SWORD and Maria Rambeau in the MCU

As mentioned above, SWORD, or Sentient World Observation and Response Department, works with SHIELD, especially in matters relating to extraterrestrial threats. In the MCU, SWORD was founded by Mary Rambeau in 1995, under the United States government, focusing on manned missions and extraterrestrial operations. They appeared in Disney+ Wanda Vision as the main antagonistic organization during the events of Westview.

Tyler Hayward turned out to be the Acting Director of SWORD’s Earth Division who ultimately used Vision’s corpse and attempted to reactivate it under Cataract Project. In one of the poster credit scenes of Spiderman: Far From Home it was shown that Nick Fury was the main director of SWORD. He led SWORD’s space headquarters known as Peak with the help of his Skrull friends. Unlike the comics, the MCU’s acronym SWORD stands for “Sentient Weapon Observation and Response Department”. One thing is certain: SWORD will play a major role in the comics and the MCU in the future.

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