April 11, 2012: The skies over New York City erupt as an alien threat later dubbed the Chitauri and other unknown assailants tear a hole in reality, puncturing space time and descending upon the island metropolis with unrelenting fervor. Military options are rounded up from every coast in a desperate attempt to fend off the unexpected and viscous assault but even with the combined strength of the US Military, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Argus the defenders of earth are left lacking, unable to truly repel this massive force. Over the next 4 days the fighting continues as greater wonders and horrors pour through the breech, birthing into the human psyche horrors and wonders never recorded in human history. At the end of day 4 S.H.I.E.L.D. forces manage to seal the breech with a targeted nuclear strike, ramming one of their newly minted Helicarriers through the breech and detonating their payload once on the other side. The losses on this day are considered truly staggering and have fundamentally shifted the conversations many countries are seeking to have going forward.
More curious are the strange reports of “unearthly and super heroic action” said to have been witnessed on the grounds during the conflict. Many conspiracies have now begun to foment of other alien, augmented, and superlative individuals already living amongst us, their purpose yet unknown.
May 15, 2013: The Starling City neighborhood known as The Glades is leveled to the ground by seismic activity. A thorough investigation uncovers this to be an act of domestic terrorism rather than another alien threat. Many disbelieve these claims and conspiracy theories are rife as to the culprits and the means by which it was accomplished. More stories surface of masked and unknown assailants appearing amongst the destruction.
December 11, 2013: A mechanical malfunction at the activation of S.T.A.R. Labs’ particle accelerator causes a critical systems failure, detonating the device and releasing large volumes of exotic particles into the city. This event is said to have created, “metahumans” human beings with esoteric powers beyond the norm.
April 8, 2014: Hydra is discovered within S.H.I.E.L.D. and outed to the world as the former attempts a secretive and then nearly apocalyptic coup upon the US government. These efforts are thwarted by a combination of Argus personnel, uncompromised S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, and various international organization whom scramble to fend off a world coup. Reports from the ground are hectic and garbled with theories ranging from further alien involvement to reports of, “Captain America” destroying the primary helicarrier leading the charge. Reports in this final category are considered the most outrageous, with the infamous patriot having fallen in during WWII.