Advanced Idea Mechanics, better known by its acronym A.I.M., was a scientific research and development agency founded by Aldrich Killian and funded by the United States government. 


Advanced Idea Mechanics was originally conceived as a privately funded thinktank. In 1999, after failing to recruit Tony Stark, Killian employed scientist Maya Hansen and helped her develop Extremis, a form of gene therapy designed to regenerate damaged tissue and regrow severed limbs.

Over the years and the progress of Extremis, Killian's goals eventually changed. He instead intended to use subjects who received the Extremis Treatment as soldiers, employing everyone exposed to Extremis as personal assassins. Killian hired failed British actor, Trevor Slattery, and paid him to act as the Mandarin, the supposed leader of the terrorist group called the Ten Rings, and to claim responsibilities for bombings across America which were actually just failed Extremis experiments in which the subject would explode from their body rejecting the treatment.

To his new end, Killian intended to have the "Mandarin" kill President Matthew Ellis of the United States and replace him with Vice President Rodriguez, who was willing to do as Killian demanded in exchange for Extremis to heal his daughter. With the "Mandarin" in one hand and the President in the other, Killian intended to take control over the War on Terror and sell his Extremis soldiers to the United States Armed Forces, making billions.

However, Killian's plan was thwarted by James Rhodes and Tony Stark, the latter of whom defeated all Extremis Soldiers, while Pepper Potts killed Killian.

It is unclear whether or not A.I.M. is still functioning without Killian or if it has been shut down.


Name Position Status
Aldrich Killian Founder and CEO Deceased
Maya Hansen Scientist Deceased
Eric Savin Second in Command Deceased
Ellen Brandt Operative Deceased
Jack Taggart Operative Deceased
Chad Davis Test Subject Deceased
Sweat Shop Agent Operative Unknown
Ponytail Express Operative Deceased
Trevor Slattery Actor Unknown

Other Media

Iron Man 3 - The Official Game

A.I.M. appears as the main villain in the game,


  • In The Comics , A.I.M was a Terrorist Organisation operating independently from H.Y.D.R.A . Thier aim is to conquer the world using technolgical means .
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