This a no word count, Marvel RP site inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Adapted Comic Canons are welcome!
The year is 2020, and the end of the world is upon us. A being known as Ultimus as come to Earth, intent to conquer, while Thanos roams the stars, seeking out the Infinity Stones. The world as we know it has changed, and it is up to the most unlikely of heroes to put it right again.
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1934: Johann Schmidt, head of HYDRA, a high-tech science division within Nazi Germany, captures Abraham Erskine to work on a super soldier serum for the Nazis.
1940: Schmidt injects himself with the serum prototype, which disfigures him. Peggy Carter rescues Erskine, and he continues his work in the US alongside Howard Stark.
1942: Johann Schmidt, now known as the Red Skull, steals the Tesseract (which houses the Space Infinity Stone). Steve Rogers is successfully transformed via the super soldier serum into Captain America.
1945: Steve Rogers’ best friend, James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes is lost in battle with HYDRA. Red Skull and Captain America do battle in a large airship with Tesseract-charged bombs meant to start the world anew. The Tesseract goes out of control and sends Red Skull through a portal into the unknown. In order to stop the airship, Steve Rogers willing goes down with the vessel.
1948: In the wake of World War II, SHIELD is founded as global peacekeeping and intelligence organization connected to the United Nations and privately funded by major countries and individuals. They are a neutral entity, not even considered a member of the United Nations, though subject to review by them. They worked alongside a World Security Council within the United Nations.
1949: HYDRA is rebuilt in the form of sleeper agents within SHIELD and small covert sects of researchers, scientists, and powerful businessmen.
1988: The Ravagers, a group of honorable, if rough, thieves, abduct Peter Quill to take him to his father but instead decide to make him one of their own rather than take him to whatever life awaited him
2008: Heroes across the world begin emerging and with them, super villains. Tony Stark comes back from Afghanistan with shrapnel and an Arc Reactor in his chest, now the hero Iron-Man. Thor and Loki, Asgardian brothers and demi-gods by Earth’s standards, use Earth as a battleground. Dr. Bruce Banner joins the Bio-Tech Enhancement Project, which is based on WWII's Project Rebirth. He experiments on himself, which leads to him becoming The Hulk and going on the run.
2011: Doctor Victor Von Doom conquers his home country of Latveria and begins to remake it in his new iron armored image.
2012: Captain America's frozen body is retrieved from the Arctic and thawed, along with the Tesseract that had been frozen with him. With assistance from SHIELD, the Avengers are formed and fight Loki after he came for the Tesseract, wielding a scepter given to him by the cosmic warlord Thanos. This Scepter contains the Mind Infinity Stone. This cosmic battle gives rise to the Cosmic Ray Research Project. In the wake of the battle the Avengers decide that Thor should take the Tesseract to Asgard for safe-keeping while the Scepter is indexed by SHIELD.
2013: A scientific space mission is launched by NASA as part of the Cosmic Ray Research Project carrying scientists Reed Richards & Sue Storm as well as pilots Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm. They are inundated with these cosmic rays after their vessels shielding failed and are transformed into four super-powered beings who become known as the Fantastic Four.
Tanaleer Tivan, the Elder of the Universe known as the Collector, comes into possession of the Aether, an energy form of the Reality Infinity Stone.
Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr open the doors of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning to mutants of all ages. The first class roster, both students and faculty, includes Scott Summers, Jean Grey, Robert “Bobby” Drake, Warren Worthington III, and Henry Hank McCoy, among others.
2014: SHIELD discovers the HYDRA infiltration and their hidden survival and growth across the decades within their ranks. HYDRA attempts to take control of all of SHIELD’s powerful assets.
Although it requires burning most of the organization’s resources to the ground and losing many agents, SHIELD manages to halt HYDRA before they can launch helicarriers that could kill millions in minutes. SHIELD begins to rebuild and restructure, fighting HYDRA whenever possible. They build a new base out of the secret SHIELD location “The Playground” in northern California.
The World Security Council is disbanded and SHIELD loses its country-based funding, instead relying on investments made by SHIELD leaders over the years and individual donations to remain open, as such their ability to rebuild has diminished dramatically. During the chaos, the scepter that Loki had during the Battle of New York is stolen by Baron Von Strucker and he uses it to fuel his experiments to create powered beings. Only two volunteers survive: Pietro and Wanda Maximoff.
Peter Quill, now known as the adventurer Star Lord, ends up making a group of unlikely allies after he discovers an Orb containing the Power Infinity Stone. Battling the Kree Empire to keep it from them as well as keep it from Thanos, he eventually turns it over to the peacekeeping Nova Corps, and with his new friends form the Guardians of the Galaxy, galactic heroes for hire.
2015: The X-Men begin operating out of the Xavier Institute, secretly protecting innocent mutants and going after threats from both mutants and against mutantkind. After their differences in philosophies lead to a boiling point, Erik Lehnsherr departs the Xavier Institute to form a group of mutant supremacists in his own image which he calls the Brotherhood of Mutants.
The Avengers recover Loki's scepter, although their celebration is cut off short by the creation of Ultron, a peace-keeping program that goes rogue and tries to cause humanity's extinction. The group has to team up with the Maximoff twins despite a rocky start and eventually they defeat the robot, creating Vision in the process. The city of Sokovia is destroyed during the battle.
2016: The X-Men expand their roster and grow, establishing Gold Team and Blue Team. They deal with constant anti-mutant threats and mutant problems like the Brotherhood.
Doctor Stephen Strange, a surgeon turned mystic, comes into possession of the Eye of Agamotto, which contains the Time Infinity Stone, and manages to use it to stop the dark lord Dormammu from one of his many plots to consume the Earth.
Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, a long-time antagonist of the Hulk, is now Secretary of State under President Matthew Ellis. Believing the Avengers need to be brought in check, he sponsors multiple programs for increased control and consequences for them. He also begins campaigning for the creation of US-sponsored superhero-powered teams, even going so far as to mention the idea of using the program to “rehabilitate” criminals. Due to said programs as well as some casualties during one of their missions, the Avengers are given the ultimatum of signing the newly created Sokovia Accords or face retirement.
2017 After the complete destruction of their homeworld after Hela's invasion, the surviving Asgardians find their way to Earth. Knowing that the presence of more powerful beings on earth might cause distress, King Odinson opts to build their new city in the north of Norway, using the magics they have left to otherwise keep it hidden from prying eyes. Only a select few knows the presence of the Asgardians, and the people themselves try their best to not be noticed.
Thanos and his forces attack Xandar in an attempt to obtain the Power Stone. During the siege, a member of the Nova Corps is given the Stone and flees the planet while the rest attempt to hold off their enemy. After dealing with the survivors, Thanos pursues the man through the galaxy.
Late 2018 The first signs of a possible threat from outer space is noticed by SHIELD's early warning systems, appearing in the solar system. In the coming months this threat becomes ever greater, and behind the scenes the governments of the world start preparing for potential problems.
Early 2019 The threat is found to be a real one, as a small fleet of Kree ships arrive on Earth, led by a being calling himself Ultimus, the new name chosen by Ard-Con after being released from his prison. He offers a simple choice, to bend the knee and become part of his galactic realm by peace, or have him induct the planet by force.
Mid 2019 The ultimatum passes, and the Avengers prepare for the impending war. The invasion force is great, and the ensuing battles end in pyrrhic victories for Earth, but despite the overwhelming alien forces, a grip is held through a unity never before seen in Earth history.
Late 2019 Losing his patience, Ultimus chooses to use extreme measures to force earth to its knees. In a few brutal attacks the cities of Washington DC, Paris, Tokyo, and Rio de Janeiro are completely decimated and wiped off the face of the earth.
Late 2019 Fearing comparable strikes on their own cities, many nations offer their surrender to Ultimus. One by one the earthern alliance crumbles, and knowing that the fight was finished and to seek to protect human lives, the United Nations offers earths unconditional surrender to Ultimus and his Kree empire.
Early 2020 After Steve Rogers is captured and Tony Stark is seemingly killed, the Avengers go into hiding and many others follow suit. Banding together into a resistance movement seeking to free the earth from its galactic opressor led by the former most wanted James Barnes. They start planning their course of action.
Early 2020 Under the orders of Ultimus, Mutants and Inhumans are rounded up and sent off to their own 'reservations'. Ultimus also commences new experimentations on humankind, seeking to emulate his inhuman experiments from three-thousand years earlier. Trying to increase his army with more powered beings..