Game Timeline

Pre-Game History.

  • 1859:
    • Nathaniel Essex (someday known as "Mister Sinister") discovers the 'X-Factor' gene that causes mutation.
  • Early 1900s:
    • A significant increase in the birthrate of mutants begins, but it remains low.
  • 1928:
    • Max Eisenhardt, someday to become Erik Lehnsherr and ultimately Magneto, is born.
  • 1935:
    • Charles Xavier is born.
  • 1939:
    • Perturbed by the invasion of Poland, elements of the US Government begin Operation: Rebirth, the creation of a super soldier.
  • 1941:
    • Steve Rogers, a scrawny art student, becomes the first US-made superhuman, Captain America.
  • 1942-1945:
    • The Golden Age of superheroes begins, with the advent of numerous heroes who fight in the war. Among them are Diana of Themyscira, the Human Torch, and Namor the Sub-Mariner. Some of them form the All-Star Squadron, the first iteration of what will later be known as the Justice League.
  • 1945:
    • Captain America is lost and presumed dead, some months before the conclusion of WWII.
  • 1948:
    • SHIELD is founded by Peggy Carter and Howard Stark, who also propels Stark Industries into an industry giant.
  • 1963:
    • A small and forgotten cache of Terrigen Crystals is discovered in Nevada, and is confiscated by the US government. The origin of the crystals, and the nature of the people who left them behind, remains unknown even to the modern day.
  • 1974:
    • Lionel Luthor forms LuthorCorp.
  • 1983:
    • An unidentified flying object crashlands in Smallville, Kansas, carrying an alien newborn which is later discovered by Jonathan and Martha Kent, who subsequently raise the boy as their own and name him Clark.
  • Late 1980s:
    • The number of latent mutant born begins to boom.
  • 1990s:
    • Rare incidents of people with amazing powers begin to surface in even respectable papers.
  • 1991:
    • Thomas and Martha Wayne are murdered in Gotham City’s Crime Alley; they are survived by their only son and heir, Bruce Wayne.
  • 2000:
    • Lex Luthor takes over LuthorCorp and rebrands it: LexCorp.
  • Early 2000s:
    • The children of the "mutant boom" in the eighties begin to mature; the number of mutant power displays increases sharply.
  • 2003:
    • Superman appears for the first time in Metropolis and then across the world with each arrival saving people from certain catastrophe. As controversy surrounding the "alien visitor" reaches a fever-pitch, Superman sits down with the very journalist who named him for an unscripted interview about his role on Earth. The "Superman Interviews" become a cultural touchstone.
    • The Department of Extranormal Operations is founded and placed under the Department of Homeland Security.
  • 2006:
    • Early in the year, Magneto mobilizes his newly-gathered Brotherhood of Mutants, and attempts to take control of an American missile base. He is thwarted by the first public debut of the X-Men, a team of young mutants put together by Charles Xavier. It is the first large-scale terrorist act of an open mutant. The United States Government begins to contemplate an official position on "the mutant problem."
    • Later that year, Graydon Creed founds the Friends of Humanity.
  • 2007:
    • Trask Industries, spurred by the ideas of Bolivar Trask, begins to create the Sentinels in response to rising mutant fears.
  • 2008:
    • Senator Robert Kelly begins to campaign for mutant registration. The Brotherhood attempt an assassination of him that is foiled by the X-Men.
  • 2009:
    • The original Titans team is formed.
    • Senator Greg Johnson, a presidential candidate, is assassinated at a convention. Thanks to an EMP blast triggered prior to the murder, there is no footage of the assailant save for a single photograph held by SHIELD.
  • 2010:
    • New York passes legislation giving prisons the option to test dangerous prisoners for the mutant gene and possible transfer to more secure facilities. The definition of “dangerous” gives great leeway to individual wardens. The Department of Homeland Security begins work on the Raft and similar holding centers for such dangerous prisoners.
    • William Stryker, emboldened by the legislation, forms the Purifiers to commit hate crimes against mutants, Stryker arranges to have Professor Xavier kidnapped, brainwashed, and attached to a machine that will kill all living mutants. The X-Men and Brotherhood are forced to join forces to stop him. Stryker is shot by one of his own men after he attempts to point-blank shoot Kitty Pryde in the face. He is subsequently jailed for his crimes.
  • 2011:
    • Jean Grey seemingly sacrifices her life to save her fellow X-Men in a crashing shuttle, only to return later in the year as the Phoenix. She is corrupted into the Dark Phoenix and ultimately dies, to the grief of the other X-Men.
  • 2012:
    • The Raft is opened to hold superpowered villains.
    • The Agency is formed, under the oversight of Amanda Waller, who begins recruitment for the controversial Suicide Squad.
  • 2013:
    • After a transformative experience as a captive of terrorists, Tony Stark rebrands Stark Industries away from weapons manufacturing. He holds his first Stark Expo. A little later he announces his identity as Iron Man.
    • Bruce Banner is transformed into the Hulk.
  • 2014:
    • Loki and Thor come to blows in a small New Mexico town. The people of Earth become aware of Asgard, and other realms beyond their own.
  • 2015:
    • Early in the year, Steve Rogers is found in Antarctica and thawed.
    • Late in the year, a Chitauri fleet suddenly appears in orbit around the planet. A massive invasion event draws heroes worldwide to counter the alien threat. Some fight on the ground, particularly in New York where the invasion is concentrated, and some take the fight directly to the fleet in space. General friction between the heroes during and after the invasion, who cannot agree on how to face future threats, results in the creation of two separate teams: the Avengers and the Justice League, with the latter structured as the modern-day equivalent to its predecessor, the All-Star Squadron, from the Golden Age of Heroes.
    • The California-based supervillain group known as "The Pride" goes dark during the Chitauri invasion for reasons unknown. Several of their children are observed using their equipment over the next several years.
  • 2016:
    • The "mutant problem" is temporarily obscured by hysteria about hostile aliens and numerous realms beyond Earth due to the invasion event of the previous year. This is aided by the fact that Xavier and Magneto both vanished in the confusion of the invasion, and there has been no word from either since.
    • In late 2016, Excalibur forms as the United Kingdom's first superhero team. Excalibur later receives official support from the British government.
  • 2017:
    • Tim Drake restarts the Titans.
    • The former partner of Captain America, James Barnes, is recovered and tried for assassinations he carried out as “The Winter Soldier.” Barnes is defended by Matthew Murdock and acquitted, and the trial captures international attention.
    • A street drug offering users temporary super-strength and endurance briefly floods New York. Several vigilantes and agents of SHIELD build a case against the drug manufacturer, philanthropist Wilson Fisk, but it falls apart after the death of a key witness.
    • The hyper-advanced nation of Wakanda is victimized by an act of espionage by HYDRA. The Mizizi was a top secret conference intended to allow Wakanda to help the world without compromising their security, by letting top scientists in the world benefit from knowledge of peerless medical and engineering advancements. However, HYDRA firebombs the conference, forcing the country to respond with maximum aggression. To maintain the secrecy of the nation, the exact details of the event are subject to a rigorous coverup, and the public at large is told that the firebombing was perpetrated by a poaching ring, later dismantled and executed by the country.
  • Early 2018:
    • Wilson Fisk orders the bombing of tenement buildings and small businesses in Hell’s Kitchen as part of his redevelopment and gentrification plans. He is exposed and brought into custody by The Defenders and SHIELD.
    • Rifts open abruptly over the skies of New York, triggering a demonic invasion which is soon repelled. However, afterwards the fabric of reality is left weak and prone to future assault, concerning those in the mystic community.
  • Late 2018:
    • NYC is in a state of rebuilding, some gains via gentrification lost and some neighbourhoods still in dire states of disrepair. Property values have bottomed out in some locales.
    • In fall 2018, New York passes mandatory metahuman registration laws in the form of the Metahuman Registration and Public Safety Act, as outlined in the Politics file. The debate over registration reaches a fever pitch.
    • Tony Stark, known as Iron Man, becomes the first major public superhero to register under the act. The Brotherhood, now led by the Maximoff twins, promptly targets him in a public attack.

On-Game History.

  • Early 2019:
    • Registration goes into effect in the state of New York on March 15, 2019.
    • Later that month, the Brotherhood attacks and cripples the Triskelion under the claim that SHIELD was developing an anti-mutant weapon, which turns out to be research into the substance called Terrigen.
  • Late 2019:
    • In September, Senator Robert Kelly announces his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election.
    • The Court of Appeals overturns the conviction of Wilson Fisk.
    • A class-action lawsuit against the Metahuman Registration Act is filed by Nelson & Murdock.
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