Strange Tales #135 (Aug. 1965)
Stan Lee (writer)
Jack Kirby (artist)
Type of organization
The Helicarrier, Triskelion
S.H.I.E.L.D. is a fictional espionage, law-enforcement, and counter-terrorism
agency appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in Strange Tales #135 (Aug. 1965), it often deals with
paranormal and superhuman threats.
The acronym originally stood for Supreme Headquarters, International Espionage,
Law-Enforcement Division. It was changed in 1991 to Strategic Hazard
Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate. Within the various films set in
the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as multiple animated and live-action
television series, the acronym stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention,
Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Fictional organizational history
A rare quiet moment for Nick Fury: Strange Tales #168 (May 1968). Art by Jim
Steranko and Joe Sinnott.
Usually led by Nick Fury as executive director (although he reports to a
twelve-member council, whose identities even he does not know), this
organization often operates as much as a covert agency as a quasi-military one,
initially depicted as affiliated with the United States government. Later,
S.H.I.E.L.D. was depicted as under the jurisdiction of the United Nations, with
vast technological resources at its disposal, with U.N. General Assembly
Resolutions and legislation passed in signatory nations aiding many of their
operations. However, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been inconsistently portrayed as
under U.S., rather than U.N., control - for instance, in Astonishing X-Men #3,
Nick Fury explains S.H.I.E.L.D.'s inaction during an incident of genocide by
stating that it did not occur on American soil.
S.H.I.E.L.D. started off as a top secret international organization (Fury was
unaware of them when he was in the CIA) with a Supreme International Council
made up of top officials and minds from across the world, including Tony
Stark. Its first director was Rick Stoner, former head of the CIA, but he was
quickly assassinated by Hydra, and the President of the United States
recommended Nick Fury take the role. Later on, the ultimate authority of
S.H.I.E.L.D. is revealed to be a cabal of 12 mysterious men and women who give
Fury his orders and operational structure, leaving Fury to manage the actual
implementation of these orders and stratagems.
One of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s unique technological innovations, the LMD (Life Model
Decoy) an extremely lifelike android used to replace people in imminent danger
of being killed was the basis for two major upheavals. First, the supervillain
Scorpio stole the technology and used it to create the second team of villains
called the Zodiac. Later, some LMDs known as the Deltites achieved sentience and
infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra both, replacing key members until Fury
defeated them. This led to the disbanding of the original organization and its
replacement by a new task force with the same acronym under the control of the
U.N. ("Strategic Hazard Intervention, Espionage and Logistics Directorate") The
new S.H.I.E.L.D. was meant to be more streamlined so Fury could personally
oversee it, but would soon become a large organization again.
In the wake of a disastrous unauthorized mission in Latveria, Fury effectively
resigned as executive director, with international warrants out for his arrest.
His first successor was not one of his closer associates but a relatively
unknown newcomer to the S.H.I.E.L.D. hierarchy, Maria Hill. A transcript of a
conversation between Hill and the President of the United States revealed
she was chosen for the post by United Nations consensus to keep Fury loyalists
out of the job and to keep relations with the superhero community to a
minimum.[volume & issue needed] The President also expected Hill an American
to be loyal first to the U.S., despite S.H.I.E.L.D. being a U.N.-chartered
organization.[volume & issue needed]
Agents Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and Dum Dum Dugan, Strange Tales #168 (May
1968). Art by Steranko and Sinnott.
The passage of the United States' Superhuman Registration Act and the subsequent
superhero "Civil War" created an additional political and ethical irritant
between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the superhuman community, with S.H.I.E.L.D. tasked to
lead enforcement and to take on registered superheroes as operatives.
Toward the end of the conflict, Hill concluded she had been made director with
the intent that she fail at the job, and she proposes to Tony Stark that he
assume the post himself, with her as deputy. Stark accepts the
appointment as director upon the conclusion of the superhuman Civil War, and
undertakes a series of initiatives, including the construction of a new
gold-and-red Helicarrier in the motif of his Iron Man armor designs, the
introduction of a daycare center in the Helicarrier, and an employee
suggestion-box. While accused of treating S.H.I.E.L.D. as a Stark Industries
subsidiary, he succeeded in streamlining the organization and raising
morale. S.H.I.E.L.D. fought a wave of global superhuman terrorism and was
manipulated into two international incidents that almost saw Director Stark
arrested, until they revealed the Mandarin to be behind it and stopped him from
committing genocide with an Extremis pathogen.
At the start of the Secret Invasion by the extraterrestrial shape-shifting race
the Skrulls, the Helicarrier is disabled by a Skrull virus and left floating and
disabled in the Bermuda Triangle. The Skrulls by this point have already
replaced a large number of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, including the high-ranking
Timothy "Dum-Dum" Dugan. After the invasion is repelled, the President of
the United States decides to dissolve S.H.I.E.L.D., and has it, the Fifty
State Initiative, and the Avengers replaced by the Thunderbolts Initiative,
which is placed under the supervision of Norman Osborn.
Osborn uses the opportunity to transform S.H.I.E.L.D. into a new organization
called "H.A.M.M.E.R.", formed by loyal agents of the Thunderbolts Initiative as
well as former agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra. The Thunderbolts are
officially disbanded in the process as well and turned into a black-ops force
that answers only to Osborn. Meanwhile, H.A.M.M.E.R. also operates alongside the
newest, and only government-sponsored Avengers team, the Dark Avengers.
After the Invasion, Fury discovers that S.H.I.E.L.D. itself had been under the
control of the terrorist organization Hydra ostensibly from its very
After the conclusion of the Secret Warriors ongoing series, S.H.I.E.L.D. was
reformed with Fury leaving it under the control of its new director, Daisy
Johnson. The new S.H.I.E.L.D. subsequently saved US Army Ranger Marcus
Johnson from mercenaries hired by the Leviathan. When he discovered he was the
son of Nick Fury, Marcus (whose birth name was Nick Fury, Jr.) and his army
friend Phil Coulson joined S.H.I.E.L.D. Maria Hill and the rest of
S.H.I.E.L.D. later formed their incarnation of the Secret Avengers.
During the Avengers: Standoff! storyline, S.H.I.E.L.D. establishes a gated
community called Pleasant Hills to serve as a super villain prison. Using
technology derived from the Cosmic Cube called Kobik, S.H.I.E.L.D. converts the
inmates into the mild-mannered residents of Pleasant Hills.
Organizational structure and procedure
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Over the decades, various writers have depicted S.H.I.E.L.D.'s organizational
structure in several different ways. The Official Handbook of the Marvel
Universe (first edition) describes an eight-level ranking structure (technician,
administrator, field agent, regional officer, special officer, regional
director, special director, executive director), although providing almost no
detail on other aspects of the Directorate's internal makeup. Years later, the
miniseries Agents of Atlas mentioned a position of "sub director", and seemed to
indicate that the administrative department of S.H.I.E.L.D. it itself referred
to simply as "Directorate".
Most of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s agents are normal humans. At one point the organization
attempted to set up a team of superhuman agents, composed of Marvel Man (the
future Quasar), Texas Twister, Blue Streak and the Vamp but the latter two were
secretly agents of the criminal organization The Corporation, and the team broke
apart before it had its first official mission. A second team organized years
later also lasted only a short while.
S.H.I.E.L.D. does employ some superhumans, including in its Psi-Division,
composed of telepathic agents who deal with like menaces. S.H.I.E.L.D. also
obtains help from independent heroes when their special abilities are needed. It
has also accepted some superheroes and supervillains as members, but not in a
separate unit. (See "Membership")
Its headquarters is the Helicarrier, a massive flying aircraft carrier kept
airborne at all times and, among other things, containing a squadron of jet
fighters and housing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). In addition,
S.H.I.E.L.D. maintains strong ties to the superhero community, especially
Captain America, the Avengers, and the Fantastic Four, and often calls upon that
community for aid on particular missions.
In the 2000s, depictions of S.H.I.E.L.D. imply a hierarchy of security clearance
levels used either in place of, or alongside, the previously described rank
structure. The security-clearance hierarchy operates on a scale ranging from
"Level One", the lowest, to "Level Ten", described by Maria Hill, executive
director at the time, as the highest security clearance anyone of any government
can have. Hill's own clearance, cited in the New Avengers ongoing series, was
2001 trade-paperback collection, with repurposed cover art from Nick Fury,
Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 (March 1968) by Jim Steranko.
Main article: List of S.H.I.E.L.D. members
Throughout its existence, S.H.I.E.L.D. has been most prominently led by Nick
Fury, with Maria Hill succeeding him in mid-2000s stories. She voluntarily
stepped down in a 2007 story, becoming deputy director to Tony Stark. Other
historically prominent members, who have appeared from the earliest stories to
the modern day, include Thaddeus "Dum Dum" Dugan and Gabriel "Gabe" Jones, both
veterans of Fury's World War II Howling Commandos, though their youthful
longevity has not, unlike Fury's, been explained in Marvel continuity; Contessa
Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine; Clay Quartermain (Agent 9); Jacob
Strzeszewski (Agent 10); Jasper Sitwell (Agent 12); and Sharon Carter (Agent
13), all introduced in the 1960s; and Jimmy Woo, introduced in the 1950s comic
Yellow Claw and reintroduced in the ' 60s.
Prior to the events of the Civil War, Captain America estimated there to be
3,000 agents on active duty.
Bases of operation
Although the various Helicarriers built over the years have long been considered
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s primary mobile home base, the Directorate also maintains a number
of land bases throughout the world, most notably "S.H.I.E.L.D. Central" in New
York City. While some of these bases are publicly accessible on a limited basis,
most are not publicly disclosed for reasons of planetary security. There are
several fully equipped S.H.I.E.L.D. fall-out shelters scattered around the
world, with twenty-eight of these being known only to Nick Fury. During the
events of Civil War, Nick Fury was hiding in an American-based shelter. He also
divulged the location of one to Captain America, so the Resistance to the
Superhuman Registration Act could use it as a safe house.
The following organizations are related to S.H.I.E.L.D.:
A.R.M.O.R. (Altered-Reality Monitoring and Operational Response) is a sister
agency to S.H.I.E.L.D. that monitors alternate reality incursions into
Earth-616. It was introduced in the Marvel Zombies 3 limited series, written by
Fred Van Lente. Van Lente stated that A.R.M.O.R. "has existed with them this
whole time, but it's been so incredibly secret that no one at Marvel knew about
it". In the comics it is stated that A.R.M.O.R. is so secret that it 'makes
S.W.O.R.D. look like S.H.I.E.L.D., and S.H.I.E.L.D. look like the Post
Office'. During Dark Reign, A.R.M.O.R. operates under the oversight of
H.A.M.M.E.R. but Osborn wanted to fully absorb A.R.M.O.R. into H.A.M.M.E.R. They
were able to keep out of Osborn's clutches when their newest agent, Lyra
downloaded incriminating evidence against him.
Main article: H.A.M.M.E.R.
H.A.M.M.E.R. replaces S.H.I.E.L.D. after it is dissolved when Norman Osborn is
appointed the new head following the conclusion of the Skrull attack. It was
not established what H.A.M.M.E.R. stands for; in Dark Avengers #1, Osborn told
Victoria Hand, the new Deputy Director, that it does stand for something, and
when she asked what it stands for, he told her, "Get to work on it for me. That
is one of the many things on your 'To Do' list". Former S.H.I.E.L.D. agents
and members of Hydra are hired as agents. H.A.M.M.E.R. promotes Osborn's
personal team of Avengers, a group composed mostly of former Thunderbolts
members and former members of the Mighty Avengers. Osborn also eliminates all of
Tony Stark's influence on S.H.I.E.L.D., including the Cape-Killer Armor and the
Red and Gold Helicarrier. He also replaces all agents loyal to Nick Fury,
Captain America, or Iron Man with agents loyal to himself. Also, in the Captain
America: Reborn Prelude, when Sin, who is captured by H.A.M.M.E.R, asks what it
stands for, the agent present says that it's classified and she does not have
In the pages of Avengers World, S.P.E.A.R. is a Chinese intelligence-gathering
organization created for home land security and has a flying headquarters called
the Circle. It was created by the Chinese government to be on the same level as
S.H.I.E.L.D. following Thanos' invasion of Earth. Falcon first encountered
S.P.E.A.R. and their director Xian Zheng at the time when Gorgon planned to
launch an attack on China using the giant dragon whose head is where Madripoor
grows out of. When the Hand attacked the Circle, they deployed their own
superhuman response team called the Ascendants which consists of Devastator III,
Monkey King, Sabre III, Vector II, and Weather Witch).
Main article: S.T.R.I.K.E.
S.T.R.I.K.E. (Special Tactical Response for International Key Emergencies) was a
British agency, unrelated to but run along similar lines to S.H.I.E.L.D.
Disbanded after being infiltrated and taken over by a criminal organization, one
of its members was the future X-Man Psylocke. It was introduced in Marvel UK's
Captain Britain #17 (Feb. 2, 1977).
EuroM.I.N.D. and S.H.A.P.E.
EuroM.I.N.D. (European Monitoring Investigation and Enforcement Division) is a
European subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D. that later fell under the control of the
S.H.A.P.E. (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) council. EuroM.I.N.D.'s
director is Franηois Borillon. Its agents include the science reconnaissance
group Eurolab and the combat specialist Task Force group, who both then merged
into one group known as Euroforce.
Main article: S.T.A.K.E.
S.T.A.K.E. is a S.H.I.E.L.D. subsidiary that specializes in dealing with
Main article: S.W.O.R.D. (comics)
S.W.O.R.D. (Sentient World Observation and Response Department), works with
S.H.I.E.L.D. but specializes in extraterrestrial threats. It is first introduced
in Astonishing X-Men (vol. 3) #6 (Dec. 2004), written by Joss Whedon. Dialogue
in the stories depicting both organizations has been ambiguous on whether
S.W.O.R.D. is a branch of S.H.I.E.L.D. or a sister agency.
Agent Abigail Brand, the S.W.O.R.D. agent the X-Men encountered, has green hair,
a trait typical of agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s archenemy, Hydra. This unusual
characteristic did not go unremarked; Wolverine referred to her as "Hydra-Hair"
in Astonishing X-Men (vol. 3) #6.
A similar group as S.W.O.R.D., likewise affiliated with the U.N., is Starcore,
which has worked with S.H.I.E.L.D. on several projects of joint interest,
including establishing and maintaining a crewed facility on Earth's Moon.
W.A.N.D. stands for Wizardry, Alchemy and Necromancy Department, and is a
division of S.H.I.E.L.D that specializes in matters relating to magic. It is
directed by Pandora Peters. First appearing in Thunderbolts Annual Vol.2 (2014),
in which the Thunderbolts are recruited to assassinate Doctor Strange, who is
eventually revealed as a faerie impostor called King Oberoth M'gozz.
Main article: Amalgam Comics
S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate) is
the Amalgam Comics equivalent of S.H.I.E.L.D. from Marvel Comics. They first
appeared in Bruce Wayne Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1, though in Amalgam continuity,
they first appeared in the metafictional Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. strip.
S.H.I.E.L.D. was first created by Nick Fury and Sgt. Rock after World War II in
order to tackle the danger posed by Hydra. Both founders later trained and
recruited Bruce Wayne into their ranks, who would become the new director of
Members of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Amalgam universe include:
Black Bat, Bruce Wayne's girlfriend
Moonwing, a superheroic agent
Tony Stark, disabled and bound to a wheelchair
Sgt. Rock, former leader
Nick Fury, former leader
Sue "Ace" Storm of the Challengers of the Fantastic
House of M
In an alternate reality where mutants rule over humans, S.H.I.E.L.D. was staffed
completely with mutants, all serving the House of Magnus on Genosha. Sebastian
Shaw is the Executive Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., Wolverine is in charge of the
House of Magnus' Red Guard (Agents Rogue, Jessica Drew, Kurt Wagner, Mortimer
Toynbee, and Raven Darkholme) and the Marauders are S.H.I.E.L.D.'s black ops
unit.[volume & issue needed] 
S.H.I.E.L.D. was mentioned briefly in the Mutant X alternate universe series as
a murderous anti-mutant group. S.H.I.E.L.D. stood for Saviours of Humanity by
Intervention in the Evolution of Life-form Deviants. Their story is
elaborated on later as one of their own gains powers.
S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Ultimate Marvel parallel universe was first led by General
"Thunderbolt" Ross. During the Gulf War, the Weapon X Project, headed by Colonel
John Wraith, was sanctioned by S.H.I.E.L.D. and resulted in the creation of
After Ross stepped down and retired, Nick Fury was then selected as the
organization's executive director. His first actions were to shut down Weapon X
and resurrect the Super Soldier program, commissioning Richard Parker, Dr. Bruce
Banner, Franklin Storm, and young intern Hank Pym to try to recreate the formula
that made Captain America. This failed and resulted in the creation of the Hulk
when Banner injected his serum into himself. It was later revealed that the
chemical called Oz, which turned Norman Osborn into the Green Goblin, was also
created in hopes of recreating the Super Soldier formula. Spider-Man was also a
product of the Oz formula. Also, the creation of the supervillains Sandman and
Electro are due to Hammer Industries attempting to recreate the Super Soldier
formula for S.H.I.E.L.D. Then S.H.I.E.L.D. created its own superhero team, the
Ultimates. Later still, it brought the X-Men and Spider-Man under S.H.I.E.L.D.
jurisdiction. In Ultimate X-Men #65 (Jan. 2006), S.H.I.E.L.D. severed ties with
the X-Men. After the events of Ultimate Power, S.H.I.E.L.D. is under the
directorship of Carol Danvers, as Nick Fury was temporarily stranded in the
Supreme Power Universe. After "Ultimatum", Nick Fury becomes head of the
Black-Ops division in Ultimate Comics: Avengers. It is also revealed he is
plotting to take back his position as director. After a mysterious force
frames Danvers for selling super-soldiers to rival nations, it was revealed to
be a ploy by Gregory Stark to become Director, until Fury, the Avengers, and
Ultimates stop him, resulting in Thor electrocuting Dr. Stark to death.
After the Death of Spider-Man, Marvin Flumm was promoted to Director by the U.S.
President. After an arc called "Divided We Stand", a crossover involving
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man, Ultimate Comics: X-Men, and Ultimate Comics:
Ultimates, Monica Chang (one of Nick Fury's ex-wives and 2nd Black Widow) was
promoted by Captain America to Director after Agent Flumm was dismissed.
S.H.I.E.L.D. is later disassembled after the events of Cataclysm, for although
the Ultimates were able to defeat Galactus, the destruction caused by Galactus's
attack and the loss of Captain America and Thor make it the last straw for the
United States Government, who immediately decide to shut S.H.I.E.L.D. down,
resulting in villains such as Norman Osborn (Green Goblin) and Victor Van Damme
(Doctor Doom), who are revealed to be alive, being released into the custody of
other federal agencies.[volume & issue needed]
In the Ultimate Marvel universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. is controlled entirely by the
United States, but maintains ties with the European Defense Initiative and the
Main article: List of S.H.I.E.L.D. members § Ultimate S.H.I.E.L.D.
Introduced in Marvel's line of novels in the mid-1990s, S.A.F.E. (Strategic
Action For Emergencies) is the United States' answer to S.H.I.E.L.D. It first
appeared in Spider-Man & the Incredible Hulk: Rampage (Doom's Day Book 1), and
may not be part of comics canon, although the novels it appears in have been
referred to several times in Marvel's Handbooks. Whereas S.H.I.E.L.D. is a
U.N.-chartered organization dealing with international incidents, S.A.F.E. is
tasked with similar duties inside America's borders. It is run by Colonel Sean
Morgan. A prominently featured agent is Joshua Ballard, who, among other things,
survived an encounter with Doctor Doom and later Baron Zemo.
In the novel Secret of the Sinister Six, S.A.F.E. agent Clyde Fury (no relation
to Nick Fury) distinguishes between espionage agencies (such as S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Jeffrey Mace (director)
Phil Coulson (field commander)
Alphonso Mackenzie (acting director)
Robert Gonzales (separate faction, until merge)
Notable former members
Janet van Dyne
Wolfgang von Strucker
Bus (formerly, destroyed)
S.H.I.E.L.D. Jump Jet
Iliad (Robert Gonzales's faction, until merge)
Helicarrier No. 64 (during the Battle of New York)
New York Headquarters (formerly)
World Security Council (formerly)
ATCU (formerly, public face)
"The principle S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded upon was pure [...] Protection. One
word. Sometimes to protect one man against himself, other times to protect the
planet against an alien invasion from another universe [...] but the belief
that drives us all is the same, whether its one man, or all mankind."
"That theyre worth saving." ―Nick Fury and Phil Coulson[src]
The Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, better
known by its acronym S.H.I.E.L.D., is a United States extra-governmental
military counter-terrorism and intelligence agency, tasked with maintaining
global security. Founded in the wake of the Allied victory over the Axis powers
and HYDRA in World War II, S.H.I.E.L.D. was organized to protect the United
States, and later the entire world, from all possible threats. With its advanced
weapons and extraordinary agents, S.H.I.E.L.D. was maybe the greatest military
power on Earth. Run by Nick Fury and the World Security Council in the modern
age, S.H.I.E.L.D. had to deal with the significant rise in enhanced individuals,
dangerous advanced technology, and alien contact. But all the problems
S.H.I.E.L.D. had to solve eventually led to the formation of the Avengers, a
response team that was recruited to save the world during the alien invasion of
Earth in 2012. The agency became publicly known after the Battle of New York,
partially because of the Rising Tide website.
In 2014, through the actions of Captain America, the world became aware of the
fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. was infiltrated and largely controlled by the terrorist
organization HYDRA. After the battle in which S.H.I.E.L.D.'s primary
headquarters, the Triskelion, was heavily damaged, all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s
classified files were dumped on the Internet, and the agency was disavowed by
its commanding governments and labeled a terrorist organization. Many
S.H.I.E.L.D. officials were taken into custody and subjected to rigorous
questioning. However, despite the massive manhunt on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s agents, a
few operatives scattered across the world in most secret bases remained loyal to
their oath, saving the most necessary paraphernalia for future use. But the team
most responsible for the survival of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the team of Agent Phil
Coulson, who valiantly led his teammates against the forces of HYDRA led by the
traitors John Garrett and Grant Ward, winning the battle in which Garrett's plan
ultimately failed. After that battle, Nick Fury appointed Phil Coulson the new
director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and tasked him with rebuilding the agency from scratch.
Now working from the shadows and hunted by almost every army in the world,
Coulson used his old team as the core of S.H.I.E.L.D. and recruited mercenaries,
former agents, and others to help fill the organization's ranks, while
simultaneously continuing the fight against HYDRA. At the same time, another
faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. arose, this one led by Robert Gonzales, who refused to
accept Coulson's authority, believing his faction to be the only "real
S.H.I.E.L.D.". After the Battle for the Kree City, Gonzales' faction revealed
its existence, attacking and capturing Coulson's base, the Playground. This
ignited an open conflict between the two S.H.I.E.L.D. factions. However, after
successfully working together to attack and destroy the Arctic HYDRA Research
Facility, Coulson successfully proposed a merge of the two factions which
occurred in mid-2015. But the peace did not last long, as the Inhumans, a super
powered humanoid race led by Jiaying, declared war on S.H.I.E.L.D. The fight was
short and S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to prevent any further damage. After the war,
Coulson started a new program of recruiting and training Inhumans for a team to
deal with various threats.
The Inhuman Outbreak soon followed, and S.H.I.E.L.D. had to stand against the
implications it caused. Following the exposure and the abrupt end of HYDRA's
infiltration of the ATCU, S.H.I.E.L.D. was semi-legalized as the black ops
division of President Ellis' administration, with the ATCU serving as
S.H.I.E.L.D.'s public face. With HYDRA suffering a crippling blow, S.H.I.E.L.D.
became aware about the dark Inhuman, Hive, and soon had to fight against his
Inhuman army, which intended to transform all humanity into Inhumans. As the war
with Hive reached its end, Agent Lincoln Campbell sacrificed his life to destroy
Hive in a nuclear explosion in space.
In the aftermath of Hive's defeat, S.H.I.E.L.D. was once again legalized
following the signing of the Sokovia Accords, but under a new Director, Jeffrey
Mace. Daisy Johnson abandoned S.H.I.E.L.D. and became a vigilante known as
Quake. At the same time they had to deal with a new threats, Eli Morrow, who
with the knowledge of the mysterious book called the Darkhold, managed to
received powerful powers. In order to defeat him, S.H.I.E.L.D. worked together
with Johnson and Ghost Rider. After the victory over Morrow, Johnson rejoined
the organization. The revelation that Mace was not an Inhuman caused Coulson to
return to the possession as the Director de facto. Following Holden Radcliffe's
betrayal for the Watchdogs and the replacement of almost every key agent by an
LMD by him, Agents Johnson and Simmons entered the Framework in order to rescue
their missing friends.
The First Years
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The founders of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Chester Phillips, Howard Stark, and Peggy Carter.
"And S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded after the SSR was able to defeat the nearly
indomitable force known as HYDRA." ―Leo Fitz[src]
S.H.I.E.L.D. was formed shortly after World War II as a successor to the
Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR), an Allied deep science agency which
fought against the Nazi sponsored special weapons division HYDRA during the
The founders of the new agency were Chester Phillips, the director of the SSR,
Howard Stark, an industrialist of great wealth and a scientific genius, and
Margaret "Peggy" Carter, the former partner of the American war hero Steve
Rogers, better known as Captain America.
The agency's full name was the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and
Logistics Division, but some members of the agency preferred to call it by its
acronym. The SSR was reformed as the scientific division of S.H.I.E.L.D. and
continued to work on researching the advanced weapons captured from HYDRA as
well as the mysterious Tesseract.
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Arnim Zola as a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist.
"After the war, S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded, and I was recruited. The new HYDRA
grew, a beautiful parasite, inside S.H.I.E.L.D." ―Arnim Zola to Captain
America and Black Widow[src]
Shortly after the war, as part of Operation Paperclip, S.H.I.E.L.D. recruited
the scientists of Nazi Germany as a think tank for the newborn agency. The
infamous Arnim Zola was among the recruited scientists, but he used his new
position to secretly rebuild HYDRA. With no one suspecting, HYDRA secretly grew
within S.H.I.E.L.D., orchestrating many crises in the world over the next
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Howard Stark attempts to convince Hank Pym to hand over the Ant-Man Suit.
S.H.I.E.L.D. was very active during the Cold War. In the 1980s, a group or
radicals in the Soviet-controlled East Berlin obtained a piece of HYDRA
technology and attempted to reverse-engineer it. The leaders of S.H.I.E.L.D.
decided to send an agent to Germany and stop their plans.
However, a unique piece of equipment was needed for this mission: the Ant-Man
Suit, which could shrink a human being to the size of an ant. The suit's
inventor, Doctor Hank Pym, was unwilling to give it to anyone else, despite
Howard Stark's demands, so Peggy Carter had to convince Pym to go on a mission
Thanks to his suit, Pym was able to infiltrate the headquarters of the enemy
group, discovering, they were actually a HYDRA cell continuing their old memory
suppression experiments from World War II. Pym used his Ant-Man Suit to ruin the
laboratory, free the prisoner and knock down all the guards. Later, he gave a
report to Carter and Stark.
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S.H.I.E.L.D. board of directors with Hank Pym in 1989 at the Triskelion.
In 1989, after his wife was apparently killed during a mission in 1987, Pym
discovered that S.H.I.E.L.D. was trying to replicate the Pym Particles from the
Ant-Man technology. He confronted Carter, Stark and Mitchell Carson at the
Triskelion which was under construction. He pointed that this technology was
dangerous and should not be used. He resigned before them from the organization
and left the room furiously.
World Wide Actions
Over the years, one of the highest ranking S.H.I.E.L.D. members and the US
Secretary of Defense Alexander Pierce was persuaded to join HYDRA. Later, he met
Colonel Nick Fury, a distinguished officer of the United States Armed Forces and
espionage veteran of the Cold War, and persuaded him to join the agency.
In 1989, Alexander Pierce granted Werner Reinhardt medical parole from his life
sentence in the Rat and allowed the HYDRA general to return to Austria.
When Howard Stark became suspicious, he and his wife Maria were killed in an
automobile "accident" secretly arranged by HYDRA on Long Island in 1991.
"We were headed into the Hunan province of China. A senior agent had called in
an 0-8-4. An object of unknown origin. We've dealt with those before. He said
the entire village had died trying to protect this one." ―Richard Lumley to
Phil Coulson and Melinda May[src]
In 1989, the entire population of a small village in Hunan Province, China, were
killed defending a small infant. Designated as an 0-8-4 by S.H.I.E.L.D., a team
was sent in to investigate. After losing contact with the main team, the
back-end team, consisting of Richard Lumley, Linda Avery, and three other
agents, investigated only to find the infant sleeping in the arms of the dead
lead agent. The rest of the main team were dead. After returning to the United
States, the other members of the team started to be eliminated. To ensure her
safety, the infant was dropped off by Avery at the Saint Agnes Orphanage and
arrangements were made for her to be moved to different foster homes to keep her
"I got fragged by an I.E.D. outside of Sarajevo. When I radioed for medevac, I
got nothing but an earful of excuses. That's when I realized I was more loyal
to S.H.I.E.L.D. than S.H.I.E.L.D. was to me." ―John Garrett to Grant Ward[src]
In 1990, Agent John Garrett was sent on a mission to Sarajevo, Bosnia and
Herzegovina. During the mission, he was heavily wounded by an improvised
exploding device. When he called for medical evacuation, his superiors replied
that they could not send anyone. Angered, Garrett duct-taped his wounds, humped
out of the city, and promised himself that he would repay S.H.I.E.L.D. one day
for their treatment.
"What is all this?"
"S.H.I.E.L.D. Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics
Division. Your tax dollars at work. Hard work. We keep our fingers on
America's pulse, and believe me, America has veins in every section of the
world." ―Tony Stark and Phil Coulson[src]
During a hostage situation in Bogota, Agent Nick Fury successfully saved all the
hostages, including Alexander Pierce's daughter from ELN rebels. Pierce was
surprised by Fury's performance and later made him director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Under Fury's leadership, the agency recruited some of the best marksmen and
spies in the world, including Clint Barton and Natasha Romanoff. At that time,
Agent Phil Coulson served as Fury's right hand man, though the actual deputy
director of the agency was Maria Hill.
Nick Fury's Directorship
Projects and Problems
The Avengers Initiative
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The preliminary report about the Avengers Initiative
"There was an idea, Stark knows this. Called the Avengers Initiative. The idea
was to bring together a group of remarkable people, see if they become
something more. See if they can work together when we needed them to. To fight
the battles that we never could." ―Nick Fury[src]
During his directorship, Nick Fury had an idea to employ people with special
powers and abilities to defend the Earth against threats that could be too
complicated for S.H.I.E.L.D. to handle. He named that operation the Avengers
"What was the mission you were on here?"
"May and I were sent to retrieve an 0-8-4. Years and years ago." ―Daisy
Johnson and Phil Coulson[src]
Agents Phil Coulson and Melinda May were assigned to retrieve an 0-8-4 in
Russia. As Coulson distracted the SVR agents, May retrieve the object. She then
freed Coulson from the Russians and the two escaped with the 0-8-4.
The Legend of the Cavalry
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The S.H.I.E.L.D. team in Bahrain
"She took it upon herself to get them out. Said she could fix the problem. So
she went in, crossed off the enemy force. Didn't say how." ―Phil Coulson to
In 2008, S.H.I.E.L.D. took notice of Eva Belyakov's superpowered activities and
tracked her down to Manama, Bahrain. A team led by Agents Phil Coulson and
Melinda May was dispatched to analyze Belyakov for the Index. Belyakov assumed
control of a group of gangsters and then held the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. team,
minus Coulson and May, and a little girl, hostage within a warehouse. May
ventured into the warehouse alone and crossed off the controlled gangsters and
Belyakov. The little girl revealed herself as the controller of Belyakov, who
was her mother, to May and nearly used her powers to kill the subjugated
S.H.I.E.L.D. team, forcing May to kill her. For her role in saving them, the
S.H.I.E.L.D. team gave May the nickname "The Cavalry", a moniker she grew to
The story of "The Cavalry" became a legend at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy, with the
story growing bigger and more inaccurate with each new class.
Kidnapping of Tony Stark
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Phil Coulson talks with Obadiah Stane.
"I can be in Afghanistan by sunrise, Director Fury."
"You can. But you won't. We're the Strategic Homeland Intervention,
Enforcement and Logistics Division. Note the word "Homeland". We're not
currently authorized for foreign ops." ―Phil Coulson and Nick Fury[src]
In 2010, wealthy industrialist Tony Stark was kidnapped in Afghanistan by the
terrorist group called the Ten Rings. Since Stark was involved in making
many weapons for the United States Armed Forces, Nick Fury sent Phil Coulson to
Stark's business partner Obadiah Stane to investigate the possibility of Stark
selling his country to save his own skin. Coulson returned with the negative
reply, and offered to go searching for Stark himself, but Fury refused the
offer. Three months later, Stark was found by the Army in the desert and
brought back to the USA.
Birth of Iron Man
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Agent Phil Coulson talks with Pepper Potts about the Strategic Homeland
Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
"I'm Agent Phil Coulson with the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement
and Logistics Division."
"That's quite a mouthful."
"I know. We're working on it."
"You know, we've been approached already by the DOD, the FBI, the CIA..."
"We're a separate division with a more specific focus." ―Phil Coulson and
Still suspicious of Stark, Fury sent Agent Coulson to talk with him, but without
success. Shortly after, they discovered that Stark actually made an armored suit
and used it not just to escape but also to repay to his kidnappers. A few days
later, the agency's satellites detected an unmanned aerial vehicle flying
through the streets of Los Angeles. It turned out the "vehicle" was actually
Stark in the improved armored suit. Hacking of Stark's computers confirmed that
Stark was working on the development of the armored suit.
A few days later, Fury and Coulson led a team of agents to the village of
Gulmira in Afghanistan where they found an abandoned camera with the footage of
Stark in another armor attacking the Ten Rings and destroying their piles of
weapons. When Stark saved the pilot of a damaged F-22 Raptor plane that was
pursuing him, Fury realized that he was wrong about Stark. Fury then ordered
Coulson to check Obadiah Stane's activities with Stark's financials, and he
discovered that Stane was selling the Stark Industries weapons to the
With the team of agents Coulson went to Stark Industries where he encountered
Stark's secretary Pepper Potts who informed him about Stane's involvement in
Stark's kidnapping and attempted homicide. Coulson and his men were then
attacked by Stane who was now wearing his own armor. However, Stark was able to
defeat Stane. Shortly after the battle, Stark and his friend Lt. Col. James
Rhodes were taken to a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base where Coulson told them that
Stark should be trained to become a real fighter, and that S.H.I.E.L.D. would
provide the teachers.
The next morning, Coulson came to Stark Industries Headquarters with the cover
story for the incident with the "Iron Man". When Pepper thanked him for his
help, he said they'll hear from his agency again. When she tried to say the
whole name of the agency, he interrupted her and spoke the acronym
"S.H.I.E.L.D." instead. Later, at the S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters, Coulson and
Fury watched the press conference where Stark publicly revealed that he is Iron
Man. That night Fury visited Stark in his Malibu home and informed him of
the Avengers Initiative but Stark refused to join Fury's "superhero boy
The Ten Rings
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The SEALs approach the Ten Rings ship.
"Intel was right about the money, Sir. A Ten Rings cell controls this vessel."
―Garrett to Nick Fury[src]
After Stark's refusal to join the agency, S.H.I.E.L.D. began fighting the Ten
Rings. On one occasion, Nick Fury sent a team of U.S. Navy SEALs to board a ship
controlled by the Ten Rings in the port of Aden. However, Iron Man suddenly
appeared and attacked the terrorists. Though the Seals were outnumbered by the
terrorists, Iron Man had no problems with killing all the terrorists and saving
the Seals. Later, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff was sent to ruin an
operation of the Ten Rings. She boarded the Ten Rings plane and caused its
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Dr. Goodman erasing Cameron Klein's memories.
"Good Morning Director Fury, I regret to inform you that Im handing in my
resignation. I know you brought me on to Project T.A.H.I.T.I. because you
trusted my judgment, and its that judgment thats telling me I can no longer,
in my good conscience, let the testing continue." ―Phil Coulson to Nick
In coordination with the Avengers Initiative, Fury started Project T.A.H.I.T.I.,
an effort to create a medicine that could save a mortally wounded Avenger.
Harvesting the bodily fluids from a decaying extraterrestrial corpse at the
secret facility called the Guest House, the scientists managed to make the serum
that could regenerate the damaged tissue and cure deadly diseases. Six agents
who suffered from deadly diseases volunteered for the project and were injected
with the serum. The initial tests were partially successful, showing complete
physical recovery, but later the experiments went horribly wrong, causing the
test subjects to mentally deteriorate, and the project's director Phil Coulson
recommended its shutdown. The memories of the patients were erased and they were
given the new civilian identities. However, Nick Fury secretly decided to
continue with the project.
Main article: List of S.H.I.E.L.D. Members
The First S.H.I.E.L.D. (1940s-2014)
Howard Stark Founder
Peggy Carter Founder Deceased
Chester Phillips Founder Deceased
Hank Pym Consultant
Field Agent Resigned
Mitchell Carson Head of Defense Defected/HYDRA
Janet van Dyne Field Agent Unknown
Alexander Pierce Secretary of Defense Deceased/HYDRA
Nick Fury Director Level 10 Resigned
Maria Hill Deputy Director Level 9 Resigned
Victoria Hand Field Superior Officer Level 8 Deceased
Phil Coulson Field Officer Level 8 Active
Steve Rogers Field Officer
Avenger Level 8 Resigned
Robert Gonzales Commander Deceased
Felix Blake Field Officer Level 7 Defected/Watchdogs
Clint Barton Specialist
Avenger Level 7 Resigned
Natasha Romanoff Specialist
Avenger Level 7 Resigned
John Garrett Field Officer Level 7 Deceased/HYDRA
Melinda May Specialist Level 7 Active
Grant Ward Specialist Level 7 Deceased/HYDRA
Jasper Sitwell Field Officer Level 7 Deceased/HYDRA
Antoine Triplett Specialist Level 6 Deceased
Eric Koenig Operative Level 6 Deceased
Billy Koenig Technician Level 6 Active
Sam Koenig Technician Level 6 Active
Jemma Simmons Bio-Chemist Level 5 Active
Leo Fitz Engineer Level 5 Active
Bobbi Morse Operative Active
Isabelle Hartley Operative Deceased
Alphonso Mackenzie Engineer Active
Skye Computer Hacker Level 1 Active
Streiten Doctor Unknown
Sharon Carter Specialist Resigned
Erik Selvig Consultant
Tony Stark Consultant Inactive
Divided S.H.I.E.L.D.: Coulson's Faction (2014-2015)
Phil Coulson Director Active
Melinda May Field Agent Active
Antoine Triplett Field Agent Deceased
Skye Field Agent Active
Bobbi Morse Field Agent Disavowed/Infiltrator
Lance Hunter Field Agent Disavowed
Isabelle Hartley Field Agent Deceased/Infiltrator
Idaho Field Agent Deceased/Mercenary
Noelle Walters Field Agent Deceased
Billy Koenig Operative Active
Sam Koenig Operative Active
Eric Koenig Operative Deceased
Michael Peterson Operative Injured
Jemma Simmons Bio-Chemist Active
Leo Fitz Engineer Active
Alphonso Mackenzie Technician Active/Infiltrator
Andrew Garner Consultant Deceased
Divided S.H.I.E.L.D.: Gonzales' Faction (2014-2015)
Robert Gonzales Director Deceased
Anne Weaver Board Member Active
Tomas Calderon Board Member Active
Oliver Board Member Deceased
Melinda May Board Member Active
Bobbi Morse Field Agent Active
Isabelle Hartley Field Agent Deceased
Alphonso Mackenzie Field Agent Active
Case Engineer Active
Susanna Engineer Active
The Second S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015-present)
Jeffrey Mace Director Level Platinum Active
Phil Coulson Director
Field Agent Level Blue Active
Jemma Simmons Bio-Chemist
Special Advisor to the Director in Science and Technology Level Orange
Daisy Johnson Field Agent
Secret Warriors Level Blue Active
Alphonso Mackenzie Head of Alien Artifacts Department
Acting Director Level Blue Active
Davis Tactical Agent Level Blue Active
Anderson Security Agent Level Blue Active
Harlan Security Agent Level Blue Active
Cecilio Bodyguard Level Blue Active
Sam Koenig Operative Level Blue Active
Melinda May Council Member
Field Agent Level Red Alive
Piper Tactical Agent Level Red Active
Leo Fitz Engineer Level Green Active
Holden Radcliffe Consultant
Scientist Level Green Inactive
Nathanson Scientist Level Green Deceased
Elena Rodriguez Field Agent
Secret Warriors Level Black Active
Burrows PR Agent Level White Deceased
Billy Koenig Operative Active
Robert Gonzales Council Member Deceased
Anne Weaver Council Member Active
Bobbi Morse Council Member
Oliver Council Member Deceased
Lincoln Campbell Field Agent
Secret Warriors Deceased
Joey Gutierrez Field Agent
Secret Warriors Resigned
Lance Hunter Field Agent Disavowed
O'Brien Tactical Agent Unknown
Michael Peterson Operative Injured
Andrew Garner Consultant Deceased
Since the United S.H.I.E.L.D. (2015-present)
The Playground (destroyed)
Theta Protocol Facility (Secret housing facility of Helicarrier No. 64)
The Cocoon (Training facility)
The Rat (Prison facility)
Retreat (Safe-House for powered people)
The Red Door 
The Triskelion (Former primary HQ) (destroyed)
S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters (status unknown)
S.H.I.E.L.D. Airbase (status unknown)
The Hub (Operational planning and support) (presumed to be held currently by
the United States Armed Forces)
The Slingshot (Study and disposal of dangerous technology) (status unknown)
The Fridge (High-security detainment and storage facility) (infiltrated by
The Sandbox (Study and disposal of hazardous or contagious material) (taken
over by HYDRA)
S.H.I.E.L.D. Trauma Zentrum (Medical facility)
Providence (One of Nick Fury's secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facilities) (currently held
by the United States Armed Forces)
The Cube (status unknown)
The Treehouse (taken over by HYDRA)
S.H.I.E.L.D. East African Headquarters (taken over by HYDRA)
S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy (sieged by HYDRA, status unknown)
S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy of Science and Technology (sieged by HYDRA, status
S.H.I.E.L.D. Training Facility(status unknown)
Maria Hill's Field Office (status unknown)
Barbershop Headquarters (taken over by HYDRA, destroyed)
Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility (destroyed)
S.H.I.E.L.D. Crater Investigation Site (temporary)
S.H.I.E.L.D. Base Camp (temporary)
The Guest House (formerly, destroyed)
The Coventry (formerly)
Labyrinth (compromised by the Watchdogs)
Camp Lehigh (formerly, destroyed)
There was a Wall of Valor located at every S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy.
Equipment and Technology
S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel have access to an extensive array of cutting edge
technology at their disposal.
Regular S.H.I.E.L.D. field agents are usually equipped with a 9mm pistol,
usually a Glock 17, or more recently, a Smith & Wesson M&P. A military branch
used for heavy security has access to military grade personal armaments. A few
selected elite agents carry less conventional armaments, such as explosives, or
bows. The S.H.I.E.L.D. project titled, "Phase 2", was dedicated to advancing
alien technology weapons and reverse-engineer them into directed-energy weapons.
Pistols and Handguns
Smith & Wesson M&P: Standard sidearm of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents and Nick Fury.
Glock 17: Standard sidearm of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents prior to the Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson M&P Compact: Used by field agents in operations requiring
Glock 19: Primary sidearm of STRIKE Operatives and used by Hill.
SIG-Sauer P226: Carried by STRIKE Operatives and field agents; primary sidearm
of Brock Rumlow.
M1911A1: Used by STRIKE commandos during the Battle of Washington, D.C. and
carried by Robert Gonzales as his primary sidearm.
CAA Tactical RONI-SI1: Standard pistol carbine used by field agents.
Beretta 92FS: Used by Agents Hunter and Hartley while disguised as US Airmen.
Glock 26: Primary sidearm of Black Widow, who primarily used it while working
with STRIKE and the Avengers.
FN FNX-9: Primary sidearm of Sharon Carter, who primarily used it during the
Heckler & Koch P30: Primary sidearm of Hawkeye, who primarily used it while
working with the Avengers.
Walther PPK/S: Primary sidearm of the Koenig Brothers, who used it primarily
to defend themselves from HYDRA agents.
Tokyo Marui Strike Warrior: Used by Melinda May to knock Andrew Garner into a
Smith & Wesson 910: Used by Skye to defend herself from Akela Amador.
Walther CP99: Stored in the armory of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Crater Investigation
Heckler & Koch UMP45: Used by John Garrett and Grant Ward during the Raid of
the Guest House.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3: Used by Lance Hunter during the Battle on the Maribel
del Mar and obtained by Bobbi Morse and Joey Gutierrez during the Attack on
the HYDRA Castle.
FN P90: Stored in the armory of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Crater Investigation Site.
Remington 870: Used by various S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, most notably by engineers
Mossberg 500: Used by Lance Hunter and Phil Coulson during the kidnapping of
Assault Rifles and Carbines
Colt M4A1: Primary assault rifle of S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives during combat and
strike operations; primarily used before the S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War before
being phased out in favor of the Tavor TAR-21. This carbine was later
re-introduced into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s arsenal following the Inhuman War.
IMI Tavor TAR-21: Primary assault rifle of S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives working
under Robert Gonzales' faction and later all S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives following
the S.H.I.E.L.D. Civil War under Director Coulson.
FN F2000: Standard firearm for STRIKE operatives, especially those raiding the
Colt LE Carbine: Used by S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives to secure the area during
HYDRA's Kidnapping of Charles Hinton.
FN SCAR-H: Used by S.H.I.E.L.D. security guards working under Robert Gonzales
on the Illiad.
Steyr AUG A3: Used by STRIKE commando Brock Rumlow.
Daniel Defense DDM4 MK18: Prepared by Lance Hunter to use during the Attack on
M16A4: Stored in the armory of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Crater Investigation Site.
SIG-Sauer SG552: Stored in the armory of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Crater Investigation
Nemesis Arms Vanquish: Used by Grant Ward to aim at Mike Peterson in the case
that he needed to be eliminated; also used by Skye to terminate Donnie Gill
during the Battle on the Maribel del Mar.
Remington Mk. 13 Mod 5: Used by Agents Triplett and Hunter to attempt to
assassinate Carl Creel.
Desert Tactical Arms Stealth Recon Scout: Used by Grant Ward to provide
overwatch during the hostage exchange between S.H.I.E.L.D. and Centipede on
Remington 700PSS: Stored in the armory of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Crater
General Dynamics GAU-17/A: Mounted under the cockpit of all Quinjets.
General Dynamics GAU-22/A: Mounted on the hull of F-35 Lightning II fighter
General Dynamics M197 Vulcan: Mounted under the cockpit of military
Phalanx CIWS: Mounted on the Project Insight Helicarriers.
Browning M2HB: Mounted on an automated turret defending Providence.
Olin Flare Gun: Used by Leo Fitz to fire a flare into the Monolith as a signal
for Jemma Simmons.
Orion Flare Gun: Used by Leo Fitz to fire a flare at Hive, who was possessing
Will Daniels' body, in order to incinerate and kill him.
RM Equipment M203PI: Mounted on M4A1 carbines; used by Phil Coulson and
Antoine Triplett to defend Providence from US Special Forces.
Fabrique Nationale EGLM: Mounted on FN SCAR-H rifles; used by John Garrett to
defend himself against an attack from Deathlok.
Milkor MGL Mk 1L: Used by Lance Hunter with an Electric Net Grenade to
M136 AT4: Used by a STRIKE commando on-board a Project Insight Helicarrier.
Airtronic RPG-7: Used by Nick Fury to prevent the takeoff of a fighter jet
armed with a nuclear missile.
MM1 Grenade Launcher: Used by operatives attempting to take Bruce Banner into
custody in India.
M67 Fragmentation Grenade: Carried by STRIKE operatives.
40mm Grenade: Ammunition for the M203, EGLM, MGL, and MM1.
M18 Smoke Grenade: Used to provide cover, such as during the raid on the
Blades and Melee Weapons
Taser Rod: Used by STRIKE commandos to subdue and stun targets
Protecop BOSH007 Anti-Riot Shield: Used by STRIKE commandos for personal
protection against thrown debris and small-caliber bullets.
Destroyer Armor Prototype Gun
Night-Night Gun and Pistol
Taser Projectile Launcher
Electric Net Grenade
S.H.I.E.L.D. maintains fleets of Acura and Lexus vehicles for the regular
deployment of field agents and scientists. S.H.I.E.L.D. editions of the Acura
MDX, Acura TL, Acura ZDX; and Lexus GS 350, Lexus GX 460, and Lexus IS, are
painted in black, emblazoned with the S.H.I.E.L.D. seal, and are equipped with
sophisticated surveillance technology. The military arm of S.H.I.E.L.D. uses a
range of surface vehicles suitable for urban security, and aircraft with combat
capabilities extending to fighter jets and helicopters. This branch also has
access to exclusive aircraft types.
Helicarrier No. 64 - Airborne aircraft carrier and command unit
Iliad - Aircraft carrier and command unit; headquarters of Robert Gonzales'
faction until reunification
Modified 1962 Chevrolet Corvette (aka "Lola") - VTOL car
S.H.I.E.L.D. Quinjets - Armed VTOL aircraft
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The Insight Helicarriers.
CXD 23 Airborne Mobile Command Station (S.H.I.E.L.D. 6-1-6, aka "The Bus") -
Airborne command unit
Insight Helicarriers (IN-01, IN-02, IN-03) - Next-generation armed
Lemurian Star - Mobile satellite launch platform
Nick Fury's SUV
S.H.I.E.L.D. Jump Jets
S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists work tirelessly both in the lab and in the field to
develop new equipment, technologies and compounds on the fly.
Grappling Hook Gun
QNB-T16 Truth Serum
Paranasal Extraction Unit
Memory Overwriting Machine
Electronic Battering Ram
Quantum Field Disruptors
Phil Coulson's Prosthetic Hand
Miniaturized Smoke Grenade
Electro-Static Field Scanner
Heat Signature Detector
Anti-Serum Delivery Mechanism
Localized EMP Device
Three Dimensional Scanner
Retina Scanner and Replicator
Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant
Rapid Bone-Healing Pills
S.H.I.E.L.D. ID Cards
Main article: S.H.I.E.L.D. ID Cards
S.H.I.E.L.D. issues personal ID Cards for each of their agents, displaying their
name, title, date of birth, ID number, date of issue, date of expiration, and in
some cases their Clearance Level.
After the Fall of S.H.I.E.L.D., ID Cards were replaced by special lanyards.
Those lanyards were replaced by new Clearance Level color based cards.
Main article: S.H.I.E.L.D. Files
S.H.I.E.L.D. maintains files on their agents, people of interest, objects,
events, places and various other things.
During the Battle of the Triskelion, Natasha Romanoff, with the assistance of
Nick Fury and Alexander Pierce, dumped all of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s and HYDRA's files
onto the Internet. Multiple non-electronic S.H.I.E.L.D. files survived the Fall
of S.H.I.E.L.D. and either fell into the hands of non-S.H.I.E.L.D. entities or
The following is a list of codes used by S.H.I.E.L.D..
0-8-4, an object of unknown origin.
Clearance Level, the level of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent.
The Index, a short-list of people with special powers.
Priority Red, heavy security
Protocol ASTA06, destruction of the Iliad and its cargo
Full Eclipse Protocol
Odyssey Protocol, emergency evacuation of a team.
Theta Protocol, re-activation of Helicarrier No. 64
Contingency Plan Foxhole, evacuating the Director to a safe house
The following is a partial list of projects run by S.H.I.E.L.D..
Life-Model Decoy Program (abandoned)
Avengers Initiative (2008-2012)
Phase 2 (2012) Project P.E.G.A.S.U.S. (2011-2012)
Project Mr. Blue (2011)
Project T.A.H.I.T.I. (2009-2014)
Project Insight (2012-2014)
"S.H.I.E.L.D.'s whole infrastructure is based on the hierarchy and
compartmentalization of intelligence. Every agent can't have the intel on
every mission. Makes the entire organization vulnerable." ―Phil Coulson