6 months ago, some unknown force attacked the Avengers at the mansion across from Central Park. This occurred after earlier disasters were witnessed, including a large explosion which brought S.H.I.E.L.D. to the scene, preventing any details from trickling out to the public at large. Witnesses did report seeing several noteworthy heroes making their way to the site of the mansion some time after the explosion, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel. There were reports of other hero sightings as well, but due to the reclusive nature of some of those heroes, confirmation of their presence is next to impossible to obtain. All that is known is that sometime that evening, there was a massive burst of light and everything within a certain radius was gone. The heroes, the S.H.I.E.L.D. forces, the buildings, the trees. Gone. A few unconfirmed reports from witnesses did state seeing a lone figure making its way away from the Mansion on-foot but the details are slim and varied enough to be dismissed as paranoia and/or the desire for short term media attention. A nation mourned the loss of so many of this world’s most dedicated protectors with a week-long candlelight vigil.
Known individuals or teams that have not been sighted since the event include all active Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Moon Knight, Beast, Doctor Strange, Nick Fury, Black Panther, Spider-Woman, Ms. Marvel, Thor, the Hulk among many others. It is not clear if all of these disappearances are related to the event of that one night as there has been no confirmation as to whether many of these individuals were present at the time of the event.
The event had been referred to as Disassembly Day by some news publications and has since caught on and is now part of the public vernacular.
It can be noted that shortly after the Avengers were lost, the Baxter Building seemed to fold in upon itself before eventually vanishing altogether. S.H.I.E.L.D. officers have been stationed on the scene ever since and no news outlets have yet been granted access.
Also of note, but most likely irrelevant, is the short lived but unprecedented 7.0 magnitude earthquake that shook up the hills just north of the Fort Campbell Army Military base in Kentucky which occurred almost directly after the flash that wiped out Avengers Mansion.
5 months ago Dr. Kavita Rao introduces the cure for the mutant gene that has been “corrupting the healthy tissue of nearly 14 million human beings”. This drug, publically referred to as “Hope” was made available for public use in the United States within an unprecedented 30 days of its announcement and countless mutants flocked to the various “Hope Centers” that sprung up around the country despite the vocal protests of mutant leaders such as X-Man, Scott Summers.
As of 2 months ago, the serum has been made available in nearly every country, regardless of their political or economic status.
Last month, an assault on the United Nations by several Genoshian mutants lead by ex-Avenger, Quicksilver and calling themselves the “New Brotherhood” resulted in over 100 deaths including most of the in-session Security Counsel before being driven off by several London based heroes, the now public Weapon-X team and the once unstoppable villain, Juggernaut. Of note is Quicksilver’s now public declaration that the Avengers killed his father, Magneto and his sister, the famous Avenger, Scarlet Witch. This assault resulted in two significant events.
1. The superhero team called Excalibur was officially formed and sanctioned by the United Nations as the world’s premier peacekeeping force. The team is jointly operated by the newly UN supported Weapon-X program and lead by the original Captain Britain, with Peter Wisdom, Juggernaut, Dazzler and Weapon-X soldier, Chamber as charter members and operates out of London, England. This team operates outside of S.H.I.E.L.D. control and reports directly to the UN.
2. Due to the growing public fear now that the most well known non-mutant heroes are gone, the Hope cure is now mandatory for every mutant incarcerated within a member state if they are deemed a threat to public safety by the newly established UN security counsel. Several dissenting member states have threatened to withdraw from the UN in protest, but this has only delayed the implementation of the act while talks continue. The “Hope Mandate” is expected to go into effect in 3 days.