- "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 is a major intelligence service that specializes in foreign operations on behalf on the United States of America.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Working with S.H.I.E.L.D.
- 1.2 Cold War
- 1.3 International Intelligence
- 1.4 Kidnapping of Tony Stark
- 1.5 Chase of Hulk
- 1.6 Mandarin Attacks
- 1.7 Destabilizing Foreign Countries
- 1.8 Operation Cerberus
- 1.9 HYDRA Uprising
- 1.10 Joint Counter Terrorist Centre
- 1.11 Trapping Ulysses Klaue
- 1.12 Deputy Director's Offer
- 1.13 Rawlins Conspiracy
- 1.14 Database Request
- 1.15 High-Profile Target
- 1.16 Super Soldier Serum
- 2 Members
- 3 Facilities
- 4 Appearances
- 5 References
- 6 External Links
Working with S.H.I.E.L.D.
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.
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.
Destabilizing Foreign Countries
The CIA cooperated with a secret military ghost unit, consisting Erik Stevens. Stevens worked with the CIA, destabilizing the infrastructure of foreign countries. Looking through the CIA reports, Everett Ross noted the unit's unorthodox methods used for their missions.
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, all information about the operation was wiped out from the CIA records and Rawlins was promoted to the Director of Covert Operations.
In the wake of HYDRA Uprising, the CIA recruited Sharon Carter who left S.H.I.E.L.D. upon its collapse. 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.
Trapping Ulysses Klaue
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.
Deputy Director's Offer
- "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.
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.
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. However, the CIA had to rewrite Madani's report, keeping Rawlins as a decorated agent, while Ahmad Zubair incident was erased from the records.
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.
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 was killed along with half of the universe by Thanos. As a result, the CIA shut down their super soldier program.
|Marion James||Deputy Director||Active|
|William Rawlins||Director of Covert Operations||Deceased|
|Nick Fury||Agent||Transferred to S.H.I.E.L.D.|
|Appearances for the CIA|
In chronological order:
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 7.03: Alien Commies from the Future!
- Captain Marvel
- The Punisher: 1.08: Cold Steel
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.01: Laws of Nature
- Iron Man
- The Incredible Hulk
- Iron Man 3
- Black Panther
- The Punisher: 1.03: Kandahar
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.20: Nothing Personal
- Captain America: Civil War
- Black Panther
- The Punisher: 1.05: Gunner
- The Punisher: 1.11: Danger Close
- The Punisher: 1.13: Memento Mori
- The Punisher: 2.07: One Bad Day
- The Punisher: 2.13: The Whirlwind
- The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: 1.03: Power Broker