Alli Snow (allisnow) wrote,
Alli Snow

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These things are pertinent to my interests

So, I'm trying NOT to get bogged down in comic canon for this Story With Plot that is asking to be written, and obviously the movieverse isn't trying to replicate the comics, but there's a couple of questions I have about the Marvelverse in general and SHIELD in particular... I'll do the appropriate wiki/google research as well but there's just so much STUFF out there and it would be helpful to have it somewhat synthesized :)

1) Do we know how long SHIELD has existed in the movieverse? I vaguely remember Coulson talking to Tony about it in IM, but I haven't watched it in a while.

2) Prior to having to deal with threats from aliens, gods and monsters, what is SHIELD's reason for being? Are they counter-terrorism? General-purpose spying? How do they differ from, say, the CIA?

3) I've read that SHIELD is alternately written as being under the aegis of the US government and the UN. Does the movieverse give us any hints in that regard? Fury answers to the Council, which seems to be a multinational group, but do we know anything more?

4) Does SHIELD regularly (or ever) operate on American soil? (New York and New Mexico don't count because a- aliens and b-supersekkrit military installation).

Hmm, okay, I think that's it for now :)
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