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- "Accidents will happen."
- ―Arnim Zola
This is a timeline of events that occurred during the 1990s.
- In Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent John Garrett steps on an IED bomb. The blast leaves him mortally wounded, but the Cybertek corporation saves his life by fitting him with biomechanical prosthetic body parts, and he becomes the first test subject for HYDRA's Project Deathlok.
- Assassination of Howard and Maria Stark: Howard and Maria Stark are assassinated by HYDRA in Long Island, New York by the Winter Soldier, on the road to the Pentagon. The assassination is made to look like a car accident.
- Tony Stark inherits Stark Industries, becoming the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company, as well as a media celebrity. In addition to the company’s military contracts, Stark Industries works in medical technology, combating world hunger with their Intelli-Crops program.
- The newspapers report on the death of the Starks and how the nation will mourn them.
- Thurgood Marshall receives the Live Bell Award in Philadelphia, giving a famous acceptance speech about how hate and fear were obstacles for true democracy.
- Bill Clinton becomes President of the United States, succeeding George H. W. Bush. His presidency was influenced by elements of HYDRA.
- The World Trade Center bombing occurs in New York City. The New York Bulletin writes an exemplary article covering the event.
- Ivan Vanko is imprisoned for fifteen years for selling Soviet-era weapons grade plutonium to Pakistan.
- Jack Murdock returns home after a boxing match. He asks his son Matt to help stitch his injuries. Jack allows Matt to have a drink of scotch, to keep a steady hand.
- Matt Murdock saves an elderly man from being hit by a truck, causing an accident. Hazardous chemicals from a flipped truck splash on his face and as his eyes absorb the chemicals, Murdock is blinded. The last sight he sees is of his father trying to comfort him as he screams that he can't see.
- Matt Murdock wakes up in a hospital after the accident he was involved in. He discovers that he can hear every sound in the near-by area, causing him pain. His father tries desperately to comfort him. He lets his son touch his face so he can recognize that it is him, which calms him down.
- Jack Murdock returns home after a boxing match and finds his son Matt asleep. He wakes him up and allows him to feel his face for his injuries. He then tells Matt to finish his homework.
- One day while training at Fogwell's Gym, Jack Murdock is approached by his employer, Roscoe Sweeney. Sweeney tells him that he booked Murdock a match against Carl "Crusher" Creel. However, Sweeney tells Murdock that he has to lose the fight in the fifth round as they were placing bets against him. Slightly disappointed, Murdock agrees to throw the fight.
- Matt Murdock reminds his father that "Murdocks always get back up"; Jack Murdock has a change of heart and decides to fight Creel and win, ensuring that his son would get to witness his father being a winner.
- A few hours before his fight against Carl Creel, Jack Murdock calls Ed and tells him to put all his bets on him and then transfer the money to an account at M&R Credit Union in Matt's name. He also calls his ex-wife and asks her to look after Matt.
- Assassination of Jack Murdock: Jack Murdock wins the match against Carl Creel. After his victory, Murdock takes the time to listen to the crowd chanting his name. Murdock then makes his way back home but is found by his employers, who are unhappy at his betrayal. Murdock is shot and killed. His body is later found by Matt.
- With his mother failing to take care of him after his father's death, Matt Murdock is moved to Saint Agnes Orphanage.
- Still at Saint Agnes Orphanage, Matt Murdock is visited by Stick, an old blind man. Stick is aware of Murdock's heightened other senses and takes him outside for ice-cream. While they sit together, Stick asks Murdock what he can understand about near-by people just by listening to them. Stick then promises to train Murdock to control and master his "gift".
- Cassandra, Misty Knight's cousin, is beaten and left to die under a train by Mike Jones and his friend.
- Bruce Banner meets Betty Ross while undergrad students at Harvard University. They begin dating and volunteer for an experiment involving hallucinogenics.
- Natasha Romanoff joins Russia's covert espionage facility. She works there for three years, enduring both an education and indoctrination into the world of spycraft. Romanoff excels in this strict training environment and soon becomes regarded as a master spy and one of the world's greatest assassins. Her ruthless effectiveness earns her the codename, "Black Widow".
- Grant Ward's older brother Christian throws their youngest brother Thomas into a well. Grant tries to save his little brother by throwing him a rope. Christian warns him that if he gives him the rope he will be thrown in as well, and walks away. Grant manages to throw him the rope anyway, without Christian noticing.
- Having been trained under Stick for a while, Matt Murdock has become a powerful fighter with almost complete control of his abilities. During one of their training sessions, Murdock gives Stick the wrapper from his ice-cream that he got the day they first met, having made it into a bracelet. Stick crushs it in his hand and tells Murdock that he can no longer train him. Stick then leaves.
- Unknown to Matt Murdock, Stick’s mysterious martial-arts order The Chaste has another child pupil: a young girl with sociopathic tendencies named Elektra. Stick trains her in martial arts and weapons training. Upon learning that Elektra is the latest incarnation of The Black Sky, he is ordered to kill her, but Stick has grown attached to her and they fight their way out of a Chaste base. Stick is forced to abandon the child to keep her safe. He places her with a wealthy adoptive family in Greece.
- Natasha Romanoff is indirectly found and discovered as a threat to global security. Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. sends Agent Clint Barton to Russia to eliminate her.
- Clint Barton arrives in Russia and confronts Natasha Romanoff. Rather than kill her as instructed, he instead lets her live and gives her a chance to join S.H.I.E.L.D. Romanoff accepts, and devotes the rest of her life to working for S.H.I.E.L.D.
- John Garrett meets a young Grant Ward, who is being held in a juvenile detention facility in Massachusetts for burning down his family's home, and seeing his potential, Garrett recruits him into HYDRA. He trains Ward by leaving him to fend for himself in the Wyoming wilderness for five years.
- Jessica Jones, her parents, Brian Jones and Alisa Jones, and her brother, Phillip Jones go on vacation. During their trip, Phillip and Jessica get into a fight over a video game. Brian turns his eyes off the road to stop them from fighting causing the family to get the car crashing with a truck that was carrying a container of chemicals. The Jones' family die leaving Jessica as the only survivor.
- After awakening from her coma, Jones is adopted by a talent agent Dorothy Walker as a publicity stunt to promote her daughter Patsy's television show.
- Jones finds out that Dorothy Walker hits her daughter, Trish Walker. Jones reveals her powers to Trish and promises her that she will protect her from her mother.
- Tony Stark goes to a New Year's Eve party in Bern, Switzerland, where he first meets Maya Hansen and Ho Yinsen. Disabled scientist Aldrich Killian approaches Stark to request investment in his think tank, Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.). Stark tells Killian they will meet on the building's roof to discuss the matter further, but he never keeps this promise, choosing instead to spend the night with Hansen. In her hotel room, Hansen introduces Stark to her own project: the Extremis virus.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.21: Ragtag
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.11: Bouncing Back
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Thor
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Avengers: Age of Ultron
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Iron Man
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Daredevil: 1.02: Cut Man
- ↑ S.H.I.E.L.D. Files
- ↑ Daredevil: 1.12: The Ones We Leave Behind
- ↑ Iron Man 2
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Daredevil: 1.01: Into the Ring
- ↑ Historical character's date of death.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Daredevil: 1.07: Stick
- ↑ Luke Cage: 1.09: DWYCK
- ↑ The Incredible Hulk
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 The Avengers
- ↑ Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.08: The Well
- ↑ Ant-Man
- ↑ Jessica Jones: 1.07: AKA Top Shelf Perverts
- ↑ Jessica Jones: 1.08: AKA WWJD?
- ↑ According to Jessica Jones' diary, the last time she wrote something on it was in 1999, a few days before the car accident.
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Jessica Jones: 1.11: AKA I've Got the Blues
- ↑ Iron Man 3