- "Our job at the CIA is to identify and contain any dangers to it."
- ―William Rawlins
The Central Intelligence Agency is a major United States intelligence service specializing in foreign operations.
Nick Fury joined the ranks of the agency and, during the Cold War, he was sent on a mission in Budapest. When he discovered that Agent Escobar is a traitor, Fury's Russian friend Verliecki left a fake CIA identification card with Fury's name and Escobar's image near the unconscious Escobar for the Soviet police to find.
In 1992, CIA recruited William J. Rawlins III, former member of Rawlins Logistics Corp as a field operative where he swiftly moved through the ranks as the CIA Chief Special Agent. In 2001 - 2004 he supervised CIA missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Uruguay.
While Espinoza's men were beating up Bruce Banner, Espinoza himself accused Bruce Banner of being a spy, naming the CIA as one of the potential agencies that send him into the jungle. Later, while working at the Pingo Doce Bottling Plant, some of Banner's blood dripped from his injured finger and into a bottle, giving his location away to Lieutenant general Thaddeus Ross of the US Army, who requested that the CIA monitor the building.
With Major Ray Schoonover's help William Rawlins began Operation Cerberus, a covert military operation aimed at eliminating terrorists funded by heroin sales and unsanctioned by United States Congress. After the end of the operation, Rawlins returned to the United States and was promoted to Director of Covert Operations.
Sharon Carter's Recruitment
Hacked by Skye
After Skye hacked the NSA satellites for video on the release of the prisoners from the Fridge, Agent Grant Ward killed Agent Eric Koenig and stopped the feed to conceal his involvement. When Skye returned and asked about Koening's location, Ward told her that he was sending the info to the CIA, NATO and Interpol.
Questioning Maria Hill
Rosalind Price's Past
Dealing with Avengers
Trapping Ulysses Klaue
The CIA sent Everett Ross and team of operatives to Busan, South Korea in order to catch Ulysses Klaue. Under cover as a buyer who wanted a Vibranium weapon from Klaue, Ross waited for him in a casino. The plan went wrong as Klaue and his men fought Black Panther, Nakia and Okoye from Wakanda, who wanted Klaue as well. After a car chase the CIA got Klaue. Ross questioned Klaue in a black site, but he was freed by Erik Killmonger.
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
In the CIA Headquarters in Virginia, Rawlins gave a speech to the newest recruits of the organisation in which he introduced himself and welcomed all of the recruits into the CIA. For long service to the CIA, Rawlins was presented with a medal, given to him by Deputy Director Marion James. She reminded Rawlins that he did not get to keep the medal due to the secrecy of their organisation but he could have their admiration.
Rawlins visited James in her office and he noted that he had heard a rumour 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.
Marion James came to New York City where they went to deal with the New York City Police Department's Commissioner's son who had turned out to be a skilled hacker who would be recruited into the CIA in exchange for not going to prison. She met Rawlins and he said that Frank Castle had become a problem for agency, noting that Castle had information that could cause harm to the CIA. Rawlins explained that his career had been built by Operation Cerberus, claiming that he had done what he felt was right for the United States of America and now Castle is ready to expose his undertakings.
Rawlins noted that he needs access to CIA electronic surveillance apparatus in New York to track down Castle. Rawlins was accused of trying to get James to sanction a man's murder, to which Rawlins argued that Castle was a terrorist, until James finally reluctantly agreed to assist Rawlins' mission.
Later, James contacted by Operations Director of Homeland Security and her friend Rafael Hernandez who asked her to come to the Homeland Security Headquarters where she was introduced to agent Dinah Madani. Hernandez informed James that Homeland Security had evidence that one of her agents was running an illegal assassination program funded by heroin sales in Kandahar, with Madani noting that Ahmad Zubair was assassinated when he had discovered the truth about the operation. Hernandez confirmed that William Rawlins was the agent they suspected to be running the operation. James denied all knowledge of his illegal actions, noting that Homeland Security did not have jurisdiction over CIA agents' conduct on foreign soil.
Hernandez said that several Homeland agents had been killed while investigating this case. James noted that scandal had to the potential to put the United States' foreign policy back by ten years at least. Madani insulted the CIA before James insisted that she deserved more respect before came out of the room to answer a phonecall by United Nations.
Downfall of Rawlins
While Billy Russo organized an attack on the Punisher Rawlins set up another meeting with James. She informed him that Homeland Security knew his name and about Operation Cerberus, with James furiously reminding Rawlins that this was not how they do business.
Rawlins claimed that he was not to blame and then instead suggested that they pin everything on Russo, noting that it was now known that the Cerberus Squad were selling heroin out of Kandahar which they could blame on Russo, taking the blame off the agency. Rawlins concluded that if they blame Russo and kill Frank Castle then all of their problems disappear and the CIA would come out clean. James demanding that Rawlins consider his actions, although he insisted that he was making difficult choices for the good of the agency. James agreed to burn Russo but still insisted that Rawlins would have no place within the CIA once this was done as James insisted if he did not retire she would burn him too.
Upon hearing that William Rawlins had been killed by the Punisher, James went to Micro's Hideout to find multiple corpses and the aftermath of a violent shootout. James noted that she needed to know why Madani vanished along with Castle in the aftermath of Rawlins' violent murder, although Hernandez claimed that they did not sure about actually case.
James and Hernandez confronted Madani in Homeland Security Headquarters over letting Castle go free, although she insisted that it was only through Castle and Micro, two men they had tried to paint as criminals and terrorists. Madani turned the tables on James by reminding her that the CIA had awarded Rawlins who had created death squad funded by heroin which the agency had tried to keep quiet.
Eventually, James met with Madani and Castle in the hosptial after violent showdown and arrest of Billy Russo. She informed Castle that CIA had redirected the narrative of recent events to ensure that Russo and Lewis Wilson were the only suspects, his DNA had been wiped from the system, allowing him to begin a new life without fear of being hunted and thanked him to his actions.
|Marion James||Deputy Director||Alive|
|William Rawlins||Director of Covert Operations||Deceased|
|Appearances for CIA|
In chronological order:
- In the comics, Nick Fury spent several decades as a member of the CIA before he joined S.H.I.E.L.D., John Garrett was also a CIA operative, and Alphonso Mackenzie was a CIA liasion to S.H.I.E.L.D. before he joined the latter agency.
- In the promotional S.H.I.E.L.D. files for The Avengers, it is said that Phil Coulson worked for the CIA before joining S.H.I.E.L.D. However, that information contradicts the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode Turn, Turn, Turn where Coulson says that he joined S.H.I.E.L.D. right after high school.
- ↑ Nick Fury: Spies Like Us
- ↑ The Punisher: 1.08: Cold Steel
- ↑ Iron Man
- ↑ The Incredible Hulk: The Big Picture
- ↑ The Incredible Hulk
- ↑ The Punisher: 1.03: Kandahar
- ↑ Iron Man 3
- ↑ Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.19: The Only Light in the Darkness
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.18: Providence
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.20: Nothing Personal
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.01: Laws of Nature
- ↑ Captain America: Civil War
- ↑ Black Panther
- ↑ The Punisher: 1.05: Gunner
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 The Punisher: 1.11: Danger Close
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 The Punisher: 1.13: Memento Mori