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"Humans. They are not the cowering wretches we were promised. They stand. They are unruly, and therefore cannot be ruled. To challenge them is to court...Death."
The Other[src]

This is a timeline of events that occurred in 2012.




  • Phil Coulson tries to convince Nick Fury that Project T.A.H.I.T.I. must be shut down because of horrific side effects the drugs have on test subjects, which can only be mitigated by erasing the victim's memory. Despite his concerns, Project T.A.H.I.T.I. was not shut down.[1]


  • To cover up the explosive nature of the Extremis virus, Aldrich Killian hires actor Trevor Slattery to pose as a terrorist leader called the Mandarin, so whenever Extremis causes a patient to explode, the media and government will assume they are suicide bombings.[2]


Mandarin 26

Slattery as the Mandarin

  • Slattery gets plastic surgery so he is not recognized when he appears on television as the Mandarin.[2]


  • The third Mandarin bombing occurs.[2]







Lucy Bauer and her husband find the Darkhold

  • Lucy Bauer and her husband, Joseph Bauer find the Darkhold in the basement of the home's former owner and open it. When Lucy touches it, she discovers that she cand read the text in English while Joseph can read it in German.[6]


  • In Dubai, Iron Man (in the Mark VI armor) agrees to race two men in similar suits. Eventually, the suits of the Dubai men malfunction and are destroyed.[4]


  • As part of a training exercise, Hawkeye disguises himself as a spy and breaks into the Helicarrier to trick the Black Widow into thinking he is stealing information about the Avengers Initiative. After the exercise, Nick Fury tells them the Initiative will only be put into action when the world needs the team most.[4]



  • In the Arctic, a Russian oil team discovers the crashed Valkyrie. Eighteen hours later, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents are dispatched to the area, and exploring the wreckage they find the body of Steve Rogers, who is still alive and cryogenically preserved in the ice.[7]




Times Square





Avengers 41

Destruction of the Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility.




Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America

  • Skirmish in Germany: Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, Bruce Banner and Coulson rendezvous on the Helicarrier. Banner sets to work tracking the Gamma radiation the Tesseract gives off, while S.H.I.E.L.D.'s spy satellites find Loki in Stuttgart, Germany. Rogers (donning his new Captain America costume) and Romanoff travel to Stuttgart in a Quinjet to confront Loki, who is acting as a distraction as Hawkeye steals iridium to stabilize the Tesseract. Captain America fights him in the street, but the unexpected arrival of Iron Man prompts Loki to surrender. On the way back to the Helicarrier, the Quinjet is ambushed by Thor, who takes Loki and tries to reason with him. Iron Man pursues and fights Thor in a forest, but Captain America breaks up the fight and Thor agrees for Loki to be taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody.[11]
  • Parts of Vanaheim are attacked by Marauders. The Vanir in these areas retaliate, but are still defeated.[10]


Avengers 21

Attack on the Helicarrier

  • Attack on the Helicarrier: On the Helicarrier, Loki is put in a cell designed to contain the Hulk. The Avengers debate about what to do with Loki, allowing him time to plot an escape. Steve Rogers explores the lower levels of the ship and discovers several HYDRA weapons and uniforms from the 1940's. He confronts Nick Fury, who confesses S.H.I.E.L.D. wants the Tesseract to develop weaponry. Loki's mind-controlled agents led by Hawkeye invade the Helicarrier and damage one of its engines. While Iron Man and Captain America race to repair the engine before the ship crashes, Bruce Banner loses control, turns into the Hulk and goes on a rampage through the ship. The Black Widow frees Hawkeye of his mind-control by knocking him out. Thor distracts the Hulk, while Fury and Maria Hill hold off the other mind-controlled agents. The Hulk jumps out of the Helicarrier to attack a hovering F-35 jet, but ends up falling from the sky and crashing into an abandoned warehouse on the ground below. Thor tries to stop Loki from escaping, but gets trapped in Loki's cell and ejected from the ship, landing in a field. Phil Coulson confronts Loki, armed with a weapon made from the Destroyer's parts, but Loki stabs him to death with his scepter.[11]

The Avengers during the Battle of New York

  • Battle of New York: Following his escape from the Helicarrier, Loki commandeers Stark Tower. The mind-controlled Erik Selvig uses a machine powered by the Tesseract to open a portal into space, allowing the Chitauri to invade Earth. The Avengers come together to stop the invasion, with the Hulk finding Loki and beating him into submission. Despite Nick Fury's persistence, the World Security Council are not convinced the six heroes will be enough to stop the invasion, and launches a missile at New York City. While the Avengers battle the invading forces, Iron Man grabs the missile and throws it through the portal, destroying the remaining Chitauri fleet just as the missile closes the portal. Loki is apprehended and the Tesseract is reclaimed, ending the Chitauri Invasion.[11]



Thanos sees an opportunity to court Death

  • The Other confers with his master about Loki's defeat, the loss of the Tesseract, and Earth's new protectors. He claims attacking Earth again would be an act of suicide. His master, Thanos simply turns and smiles, thinking of things to come.[11]
  • Jane Foster and Darcy Lewis arrive in New York in search of Thor, but Erik Selvig, freed from Loki's mind control but still in shock from the battle, reveals Thor has already left.[10]
  • Tony Stark begins making the Iron Legion.[5]
  • Heimdall tells Thor that Vanaheim has been attacked. He gives Heimdall the Tesseract so he can repair the Bifrost Bridge. They then spend the next two years assembling an army.[10]
  • Foster is frustrated about spending a year of her life searching for Thor, and gives up her research of the Nine Realms.[10]




  • Pollack and Wise prepare to rob a bank in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but Pollack is worried their plan will fail. Wise reassures him, and they successfully rob the bank. [16]

Phil Coulson receiving false memories

  • Resurrection of Phil Coulson: The final procedure to resurrect Phil Coulson takes place. To restore his former personality, the scientists remove part of his skull to change his memories of the painful process, as Coulson begs them to let him die during the operation. One of the scientists, Dr. Streiten, realizes how brutal these surgeries are and tells the others they should let Coulson die, but they ignore him. The scientists give Coulson false memories of a grass shack in Tahiti.[17]






  • Jasper Sitwell is dispatched to stop Pollack and Wise's bank robberies and retrieve the Chitauri weapon. He locates and confronts them at a hotel, but Wise attacks him with the weapon. She accidentally drops it, causing it to activate and destroy all of the stolen money. Sitwell interrogates them, and Wise admits Pollack successfully got the weapon to work. Despite being sent to kill them, Sitwell gives them the chance to join S.H.I.E.L.D. and help restore the other Chitauri technology collected from New York.[16]


Shield new recruits

Pollack and Wise recruited to S.H.I.E.L.D.





  • Scott Lang is fired from Vistacorp due to inadvertedly fixing what he believed was a code mistake that was illegally overcharging customers.[20]



Lang breaks into Geoff Zorick's Mansion

  • Scott Lang infiltrates the Vistacorp Headquarters to return about four million dollars to the customers who had been defrauded by the company. Lang then breaks into the mansion of his former boss, Geoff Zorick. He steals many of Zorick's belongings and drives Zorick's car into the mansion's pool.[20]



Unconfirmed Dates


Johnny Blaze revives Robbie Reyes

  • Attack on Robbie and Gabe Reyes: However, as the Reyes' brothers are cruising along the neighborhood, the Fifth Street Locos, who were hired to murder Eli Morrow, shoot up the car with Robbie Reyes and Gabe Reyes in it. The car flips and sends Reyes flying through the air, as he prays to anyone to keep his brother safe. Reyes is killed on impacting the ground and Gabe loses control of his legs. However, Johnny Blaze, AKA the Ghost Rider, contacts Robbie's soul and asks if he wants Gabe to live, in which Reyes responds yes. Soon after, Blaze pulls Gabe to safety and revives Reyes by transforming him into the next Ghost Rider.[22]
  • The next day, Eli Morrow discovers hat Joseph Bauer paid the attack on his nephews and beats him into a coma but also he questions him on where the Darkhold is. When Hugo, Frederick and Vincent show up Morrow uses the Quantum Particle Generator to transform them into spiritual entities and contains every of them on differents boxes.[22]
  • Lucy Bauer arrives at Momentum Labs only to discover what Morrow had done. He transforms Lucy into a spiritual entitie too.[22][23]
  • The police from Los Angeles police department arrives at the scene and takes Morrow into custody for attempt of murder.[22]
  • At night, Robbie Reyes turns into the Ghost Rider and kills all the Fifth Street Locos members that attacked him and his brother except for Santino Noguera who got arrested before Reyes found him.[22]



  • Bruno Horgan, also known as the Melter, attacks Iron Man during a press conference at Stark Tower. After a quick victory, the Melter announces he will be selling his Melter technology to the highest bidder in a few days.[24]




Iron Man fights the Melter.

  • War Machine tries several attempts to find Melter, but they all turn out to be dead ends.[24]
  • Tony Stark spots the Melter near Stark Tower.[24]
  • Stark and Rhodes deduce the most likely place for Horgan to be is the junkyard. Stark modifies the Iron Man and War Machine armors so they resist the Melter's attacks.[24]
  • Iron Man and War Machine investigate the junkyard and find the Melter. They fight, and the Melter is taken into custody of the United States Army.[24]









  • Stark visits Hogan in hospital. The press try to interview him about the Mandarin, and Stark issues a televised threat to him.[2][27]



Potts and Stark being flown back from a missile


  • J.A.R.V.I.S. follows a flight plan from Stark's investigation into the Mandarin bombings, and the Mark XLII lands in Rose Hill, Tennessee. The armor runs out of power, and the world believes Tony Stark to be dead.[2][27]
Battle at Rose Hill
  • Battle of Rose Hill: Teaming with Harley Keener, Stark investigates the remains of a local explosion bearing the hallmarks of a Mandarin attack. He discovers the "bombings" were triggered by soldiers subjected to Extremis, which at this stage of development causes certain subjects to explosively reject it. After veterans started exploding, their deaths were used to cover up Extremis' flaws by manufacturing a terrorist plot. Mandarin agents Ellen Brandt and Eric Savin arrive in Tennessee and attack Stark. He kills Brandt, but Savin escapes.[2][27]


  • Infiltration into Aldrich Killian's Mansion: With Harley Keener's help, Stark traces the Mandarin to Miami and infiltrates his headquarters using makeshift weapons. Inside, he discovers the Mandarin who appears on television is actually an actor, Trevor Slattery, who is oblivious to the actions carried out in his name. The Mandarin is a creation of Aldrich Killian, who appropriated Maya Hansen's Extremis virus as a cure for his own disabilities and expanded the program to include injured war veterans. Killian captures Stark and reveals he has also kidnapped Pepper Potts. To gain Stark's aid in fixing Extremis' flaws, Killian injects Pepper with the virus. Hansen has a change of heart about Killian's plans, but he murders her.[27]
Air force one rescue

Kidnapping of President Ellis

  • Kidnapping of President Ellis: Aldrich Killian has also manipulated American intelligence agencies regarding the Mandarin's location, luring the Iron Patriot into a trap to steal the armor. Stark escapes and reunites with Rhodes, discovering Killian's plan to attack U.S. President Matthew Ellis aboard Air Force One. Disguised in the Iron Patriot armor, Eric Savin infiltrates Air Force One and detonates an explosive. Remotely controlling the Mark XLII armor, Stark saves some surviving passengers and crew, but cannot stop Killian from abducting Ellis. They trace them to an impounded oil tanker, the Norco, where Killian intends to kill Ellis on live television. The Vice President Rodriguez (who is secretly working for Killian) will become a puppet leader, following Killian's orders in exchange for Extremis to cure his daughter's disability.[2][27]


Iron Legion

The Iron Legion arrives


  • With Stark's help, Pepper's Extremis effects are stabilized.[27]
  • Stark undergoes surgery to remove the shrapnel embedded near his heart. He throws his obsolete chest Arc Reactor into the sea, musing he will always be Iron Man.[2][27]


  1. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.20: Nothing Personal
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Iron Man 3
  3. Luke Cage: 1.06: Suckas Need Bodyguards
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Avengers: The Avengers Initiative
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Iron Man 3 Prelude
  6. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.05: Lockup
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Captain America: The First Avenger
  8. 8.0 8.1 The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week
  9. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.14: Love in the Time of HYDRA
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 10.9 Thor: The Dark World Prelude
  11. 11.00 11.01 11.02 11.03 11.04 11.05 11.06 11.07 11.08 11.09 11.10 The Avengers
  12. The Avengers Extended Scene
  13. Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude - This Scepter'd Isle
  14. Daredevil: 1.03: Rabbit in a Snowstorm
  15. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.06: FZZT
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 Marvel One-Shot: Item 47
  17. 17.0 17.1 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.11: The Magical Place
  18. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.14: T.A.H.I.T.I.
  19. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.10: The Bridge
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Ant-Man - Scott Lang: Small Time
  21. Ant-Man - Scott Lang: Small Time
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 22.5 22.6 22.7 22.8 22.9 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.06: The Good Samaritan
  23. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.02: Meet the New Boss
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 Iron Man: The Coming of the Melter
  25. Luke Cage: 1.04: Step in the Arena
  26. WHiH Newsfront Google+ Posts
  27. 27.00 27.01 27.02 27.03 27.04 27.05 27.06 27.07 27.08 27.09 27.10 27.11 27.12 27.13 Captain America: Civil War Prelude

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