Re: MCU-ize Marvel Characters
A.I.M. Instead of being a true terrorist organization, the are a conglomerate of weapons manufacturers who sell on both sides of the table (perhaps hint they had a hand in Howard Stark's Death because he wouldn't play ball, or that Obadiah Stane was a member). When sales dip, they stir the pot. Their operatives never take credit for the atrocities they commit, letting the blame fall in where ever the offended party wants. They are war profiteers who ensure their continued jobs. They also control the flow of tech. This is why Tony has the ARC reactor which is free clean energy, but no one else does. They are stopping his tech from leaking out (also explains how exotic tech can exist). Thus they have warehouses of advanced tech they are sitting on to keep their companies in the black.