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About more than 10,000 years ago, Atlantis and Lumuria existed as the most advanced civilization known on ancient Earth and waged war against each other. This war annihilated the two empires, leaving some survivors such as the criminal Namor. The Inhumans had also existed and remained hidden from human society in their city Atillan in the Himalayas until the modern present.

By the 20th century, the alien species known as the Chitauri, who had since visited Earth in 1777, attempted their conquest on Earth and were responsible for some of Earth's known history of genocide. In 1904, an alien android known as the Vision landed on earth to prepare the human race for the invasion of the planet eater known as Gah Lak Tus. Due to a malfunction, the Vision's ship crashed landed in the Russian territory of Tunguska, creating the Tunguska Event, and kept in a secret military bunker by the Russian government. Years later in 1920, the Chitauri infiltrated German Politics and eventually lead to World War Two. From which the Chitauri supplied Nazi Germany with advanced technologies. The Allies became aware of this alien threat.

By this time, the United States government, under the Roosevelt Administration, sought in creating a super-soldier in the war effort. Two soldiers, Nicholas Fury and Canadian James Howlett were captured and experimented for this project. Howlett was sent and tested on in a remote facility that would later be known as the Weapon X facility while Fury was sent to New York to join other African-American test subjects to an experiment known as Project Rebirth. Fury was the first successful super soldier that came out of Project Rebirth, afterwards, he used his inhuman strength to break out of the facility and free the other test subjects. At the Weapon X facility, while trying to create their own super soldier, the Canadian government actually created a new mutated genome. That genome would soon spread around the world and create a new species of super-humans known as Mutants.

With the success of Nicholas Fury, Project Rebirth finally chose a young and weak Steven Rogers, who became Captain America. By 1945, Captain America was part of an operation assaulting a Nazi missile complex in Iceland, which held a hydrogen-nuclear missile. Captain America sabotaged the missile, which was targeted at Washington, while it was taking off, and was sent into a 60-year coma in suspended animation after the destruction of the missile plunged him into the arctic sea. Birth of Mutants

Years later, Erik Lensherr, the child of the scientists that worked for Weapon X, freed Mutant Zero a.k.a. Wolverine (James Howlett), and killed his parents for what they have done to mutants. Erik left and sought out another fellow mutant, Charles Xavier. Erik proposed that they start a brotherhood formed by mutants to protect their own kind and create new lives away from the reaches of mankind. Charles was later convinced by Erik's plan and the two then left their human wives and began gathering other mutants from around the world. As they traveled across an unknown land, Charles, Erik, and his children Wanda and Pietro crashed landed in the Savage Land where they meet a clan of humans. Among them are the young Ka-Zar and Shanna. Then after the Brotherhood of Mutant Supremacy established a society in the Savage Land thanks to the help of Charles Xavier. Months later, Charles decided to abandon the Brotherhood due to Erik's popularity among the other mutants, but was stabbed by him in the spine by a metal spike. Charles was later paralyzed, but managed to escape the island. Weeks later, Ka-Zar and Shanna's tribes are slaughtered by Magneto because he saw that the Savage Land reserved for only mutants and not humans.

After coming to terms with his past, Nick Fury returned to the United States military, but has chosen to not to hide his name, eventually he became a war hero. Soon, Fury was under the command of S.H.I.E.L.D., but when Weapon X deployed their super soldier, Howlett. Fury was assigned to guard his transport cell during a Middle East conflict. When Howlett broken free and killed his guards, he recognized Fury but was too late in ripping out one of his eye. Howlett brought Fury back to an American base. While recovering, Commander Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross learned of Fury as the original super soldier from Project Rebirth and informed him that the government was reactivating the super soldier program. The fact was that mankind needed to be prepare for a inevitable genetic war with Mutants. Fury was later offered the chance to be in charge of it all, he then assembled a team of top scientists including Franklin Storm, Richard Parker, Bruce Banner, and the teen prodigy Hank Pym to work on Project Rebirth 2.

Fury gave his team his blood sample to jump start the project, the team was to reverse engineer his blood sample. Fury rejected the idea of recruiting Howard or Tony Stark for unknown reasons. The Baxter Building was trying to convince Franklin Storm to take command of their building, while Richard Parker was working with Edward Brock to develop a symbiotic suit to heal diseases and injuries. Fortunately, Pym and Dr. Banner managed to have some success with Fury's blood sample. Because Fury banned any use of human test subjects, Banner tested the new formula on himself. He was then turned into a giant hulking monster which became known as The Hulk. Hank Pym fled the scene before Banner fully transformed, but unfortunately Richard and his wife were harmed in an explosion caused by the Hulk. But upon seeing a baby Peter Parker, Hulk regresses into Banner who was shocked of what he had done.

By the 21st Century, Mutants were widely known and feared by the public. This lead to the creation of the Sentinels and ultimately Magneto and his Brotherhood attacking Washington, D.C. This attack was foiled by Charles Xavier and the X-Men. Also, certain unlikely younger individuals became superheroes from mere accidents, which includes Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.

Steven Rogers' comatose and preserved body was recovered from the Atlantic by Tony Stark, revived, and recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s American superhero sponsored team the Ultimates as a response to Magneto and the Brotherhood's attack on Washington. The team's first public debut happened in subduing the rampaging Hulk. Soon later the Ultimates battled the Chitauri over Arizona, and thus decimating what is left of the alien threat and saving the Solar System. Following the end of the Chitauri threat, the Ultimates was followed by the government-sponsored Reserves and eventually allowed the United States to field superhumans in international conflicts most concerning the superhuman crises. This raised controversy within the international community. Furthermore, the United Nations had previously enacted a restriction on using superhumans as weapons, much akin to nuclear limitation acts. Also genetic modifications of human beings was forbidden under law. Though, certain corporate companies such as the Roxxon Corporation and Oscorp had secretly made illegal experiments in creating superhumans, such as Sandman, Electro, and even the Green Goblin. With the rise of superhuman proliferation and the Ultimates and its European EDI counterpart policing the world, it ultimately caused a confederation of nations to invade America through their own superhuman team, called the Liberators. This conflict was solved the Ultimates and other heroes in the U.S., and leaving the Ultimates to disassociated itself from government matters in order to prevent similar events as the Liberators invasion.

In the secret Project Pegasus warehouse in Wyoming, the Earth-1610 Watcher known Uatu reactivated itself and foretold to the Fantastic Four and others present of a cataclysmic event following the age of Marvel and a disaster that will come before in the event known as Ultimatum.

Due to the actions of Fantastic Four villain, Dr. Doom (who manipulated the deaths of the Scarlet Witch, and the conflict between the Brotherhood of Mutants and the Ultimates), Magneto vengefully executed his plan in exterminating humanity through shifting the poles of the Earth, causing global natural disasters upon the world. From the wake of Magneto's fury, millions of people died including many of Earth's heroes and villains alike. Anti-Mutant sentiment exacerbated in America in which Cyclops (Scott Summers), who temporarily represented a decimated X-Men, tried to placate millions of protesters in Washington, D.C. But only to be assassinated, orchestrated by the Brotherhood led by Magneto's son Quicksilver.

In the aftermath of Ultimatum, mutations and special abilities have been deemed illegal.



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