Source: The Avengers (2012), an American film. A secret governmental intelligence agency asked Tony Stark (along with other brave and intelligent men) to help trace and get back an ancient artifact stolen from them. Tony (who is kind of genius) wonders why they didn't call him in when they had the artifact, he could've helped with the research. He thinks they are hidings something, don't tell the real purpose of their research. So he hacks into their system. He expresses his suspicions to his fellow, Steve. Tony to Steve: In a few hours, I'll know every dirty secret they have ever tried to hide. Steve: Yet you're confused about why they didn't want you around. Tony: An intelligence organisation that fears intelligence? Historically, not awesome. I wonder if you could tell me what "historically, not awesome" means here.