Maria Hill: What does “S.H.I.E.L.D.” stand for, agent Ward?

Grant Ward: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.

Maria Hill: And what does that mean to you?

Grant Ward: It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out “SHIELD.”

From Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1 Episode 1: ‘Pilot’ (1×01) | Produced by ABC Studios & Marvel Studios