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"Most Americans wake up in warm beds, suck down coffee with their breakfast and go about their lives. And good for them. They deserve that life. They deserve it not because they earned it as individuals... but because we've earned it as a nation. As a people. But not all of us get to take that life for granted. Our job at the CIA is to identify and contain any dangers to it. It's a job that's not always clean, or pretty, or fun."
William Rawlins[src]

The Central Intelligence Agency, better known by its acronym CIA, is a major intelligence service that specializes in foreign operations on behalf of the United States of America.


Working with S.H.I.E.L.D.

In the 1950s, the CIA was contacted by Daniel Sousa who requested an internal investigation, considering the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. was supposedly infiltrated by sleeper agents.[1]

Cold War

As the Cold War progressed, the CIA sent Nick Fury on missions in Belfast, Budapest, Bucharest, and Belgrade.[2]

International Intelligence

The CIA appointed William Rawlins as the Chief Special Agent and assigned him to supervise operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Uruguay.[3]

While working for the CIA Office of Middle East Study and Technical Analysis, Sarah Russell was presented with the Agency's Silver Seal for distinguished contributions to the OMESTA branch in Langley, as well as overseas as part of CIA stations in Kandahar, Amman, and Riyadh.[4]

Kidnapping of Tony Stark

The CIA approached Stark Industries in the wake of kidnapping of Tony Stark by the Ten Rings.[5]

Chase of Hulk

The CIA, alongside with the FBI cooperated with Strategic Operations Command Center in order to track down and apprehend Bruce Banner. SOCC was informed that Banner most likely hides in Brazil and Thaddeus Ross requested the CIA to monitor the Pingo Doce Bottling Plant while he planned operation to take Banner.[6]

Mandarin Attacks

The CIA was one of the agencies that had intel on the "Mandarin bombings."[7]

Destabilizing Foreign Countries

"His unit used to work with the CIA to destabilize foreign countries."
Everett Ross[src]

The CIA cooperated with a secret military ghost unit, consisting of Erik Stevens. Stevens worked with the CIA to destabilize the infrastructure of foreign countries. Looking through the CIA reports, Everett Ross noted the unit's unorthodox methods used for their missions.[8]

Operation Cerberus

William Rawlins speaks to Cerberus Squad

"We got sheep-dipped to CIA. It was interrogation and assassination. It wasn't war. Not like we knew it."
Frank Castle to Curtis Hoyle[src]

With Ray Schoonover's help, William Rawlins started the Operation Cerberus, a covert military operation aimed at eliminating terrorists in Afghanistan. However, the operation was unsanctioned by the CIA and United States Congress and Rawlins had to use illegal heroin sales to fund the operation. Eventually, the operation was shut down and all information about the operation was wiped out from the CIA records and Rawlins was promoted to the Director of Covert Operations.[9]

HYDRA Uprising

Sharon Carter is recruited by the CIA

"S.H.I.E.L.D. implodes and everyone wants answers. The CIA, NSA, NRO – them I can handle. But Congress? Congress is like kindergarten."
Maria Hill to Pepper Potts[src]

In the wake of HYDRA Uprising, the CIA recruited Sharon Carter, who left S.H.I.E.L.D. upon its collapse.[10] Investigating the scandal with HYDRA, the CIA, as well as the NSA, NRO and the United States Congress, questioned Maria Hill about the recent events.[11]

Joint Counter Terrorist Centre

Everett Ross stands with Sharon Carter

"CIA has you stationed over here now?"
"Berlin. Joint Terrorism Task Force."
Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter[src]

After her training in Langley, the CIA stationed Sharon Carter at the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre in Berlin under the commands of Everett Ross.[12]

Trapping Ulysses Klaue

Everett Ross interrogating Ulysses Klaue

"Just spotted an old friend who works for the CIA. It just got a little more complicated."

Using a vibranium recovered after the Battle of Sokovia, the CIA managed to track down Ulysses Klaue who provided Vibranium to Ultron. Everett Ross contacted Klaue and arranged a deal, posing himself as a buyer who wanted to purchase a Vibranium artifact. The CIA sent the team of agents led by Ross to Busan, South Korea as they waited for Klaue in Jagalchi Market Casino. However, the plan went wrong as Klaue and his men fought Black Panther, Nakia and Okoye who wanted Klaue as well.

After a car chase, the CIA arrested Klaue who was defeated by T'Challa. Klaue was placed in a CIA South Korean Black Site where he was interrogated by Ross. However, the black site was assaulted by Erik Killmonger who shot Ross and freed Klaue.[8]

Deputy Director's Offer

William Rawlins speaks with his new recruits

"I don't know a single operative with any years under their belt who hasn't had to do something that gave them nightmares. But we endure those nightmares, embrace them even, so that the rest of America can sleep peacefully. That's why you're here. My name is William Rawlins. Welcome to the CIA."
William Rawlins[src]

In the CIA Headquarters in Virginia, William Rawlins gave a speech to the newest recruits of the organization in which he introduced himself and welcomed all of the recruits into the CIA. For long service to the agency, Rawlins was presented with a medal, given to him by Marion James. She reminded Rawlins that he did not get to keep the medal due to the secrecy of their organization but he could have their admiration.

Rawlins visited James in her office and he noted that he had heard a rumor that she would soon be leaving her current position to become Director of the CIA, as the previous Director was now heading for a career in the United States Congress. Rawlins noted it was about time she had the job offer before James invited Rawlins to come on board as her new deputy director when she took the job.[13]

Rawlins Conspiracy

"I'm not sure what jurisdiction Homeland Security has over CIA agents' conduct on foreign soil, Agent Madani. And Rafi can tell you, we generally clean our own dirty laundry."
Marion James to Dinah Madani[src]

Eventually, William Rawlins found out that Frank Castle had survived the attack he orchestrated to silence him. As Castle was too much of a liability to expose the Operation Cerberus, Rawlins joined forces with Billy Russo to eliminate him for good, using Anvil to save the CIA and Rawlins' career from the scandal. Rawlins had to disclose the details about Castle situation to Marion James, requesting an access to the CIA electronic surveillance equipment to track him down. James accused Rawlins of trying to get her to sanction a murder, while Rawlins argued that Castle was a terrorist and a threat to the agency.

However, the Homeland Security intervened in the situation, informing about Rawlins' illicit activity, including the Operation Cerberus. James had to deny the allegations and refuse to give them Rawlins to avoid the scandal which could put the United States' foreign policy back by ten years. She explained that the Homeland Security does not have the jurisdiction over CIA agents' conduct on foreign soil, however, Rafael Hernandez noted that Rawlins' actions resulted in deaths of several Homeland agents on the US territory.[14]

Following the death of Rawlins and the arrest of Russo, the CIA and the Homeland Security redirected the narrative, painting Russo and Lewis Wilson as the only suspects, which allowed Dinah Madani to keep her job and Castle to keep his freedom.[15] However, the CIA had to rewrite Madani's report, keeping Rawlins as a decorated agent, while Ahmad Zubair incident was erased from the records.[16]

Database Request

Upon Dinah Madani's request, Wendy contacted the CIA to help to identify the man who confronted Madani. However, CIA could not find any information in the Agency database.[16]

High-Profile Target

Dinah Madani contacts Frank Castle

"How'd you find me, Madani?"
"I'm with the CIA now, Frank. I can find anything."
Frank Castle and Dinah Madani[src]

After joining the CIA, Dinah Madani managed to contact Frank Castle who went off the grid for three months. Madani informed Castle that the CIA has information about the high-profile target and offered Castle to participate in his elimination but Castle refused.[17]

Super Soldier Serum

"When HYDRA fell, I was recruited by the CIA. They had blood samples from an American test subject with semi-stable traces of serum in his system."
Wilfred Nagel[src]

Following the fall of HYDRA, the CIA recruited one of their scientists, Wilfred Nagel, who had worked on recreating the Super Soldier Serum for HYDRA's Winter Soldier Program. As the CIA possessed blood samples of super soldier Isaiah Bradley, Nagel was able to isolate the serum's components. However, before he could synthesize a recreated serum, he disappeared. As a result of the Snap, the CIA shut down their super soldier program.[18]

Questioned for Intelligence

In 2024, Lemar Hoskins asked the CIA if they had any helpful information on the Flag Smashers, but they were not able to be of any service.[18]


Name Position Status
Marion James Deputy Director Active
William Rawlins Director of Covert Operations Deceased
Nick Fury Agent Inactive
Sarah Russell Agent Deceased
Everett Ross Agent Active
Sharon Carter Agent Inactive
Dinah Madani Agent Active
Marc Spector[19] Agent Inactive
Wilfred Nagel Scientist Deceased



Appearances for the CIA

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