Originally Posted by cherokeesam
I have to wonder what movies you're watching, spideyboy....
SHIELD is public. SHIELD is known. They operate in the middle of Times Square, in Malibu, in small towns like Punta Viejo, NM, in Los Angeles, in India, in Brazil....in short, everywhere.
And SHIELD is not part of the United States government. At all. They are part of the World Security Council, which is the MCU version of the United Nations. Their authority exceeds anything from American government agencies, because they operate on a global scale. They don't coordinate with the US military; they coordinate with ALL the world's militaries. Again: they are the movie equivalent of the UN, only with actual teeth.
lol Obviously SHIELD is neither full public or completely in the shadows (hence why Stark, Pepper, and Jane Foster never heard of them) hell.. and Stark's father FOUNDED shield. However.... some others did.. like Banner and Selvig. Also... if they weren't completely "out" why would they need to camouflage the hellicarrier? basically SHIELD is on a "need to know" basis with the public.
as for not being part of the US gov (iive actually been agreeing with you on that) never said they've only worked with the US...