The Bombing of Hell's Kitchen was an attempt by Wilson Fisk to recreate his childhood neighborhood as he believed it should be while destroying the holdings of the Russian criminal brothers Anatoly and Vladimir Ranskahov.
Wilson Fisk was born and raised in Hell's Kitchen, New York City to Marlene and Bill Fisk. While growing up, Bill taught Wilson to seize what he wanted, regardless of others. Some time after killing Bill, Wilson spent time in Asia, developing alliances with such gangs and influential people as the Hand and Madame Gao.
Gao used the Russians Anatoly and Vladimir Ranskahov to distribute Steel Serpent, a type of heroin Gao produced. The Ranskahov brothers also had their own criminal enterprises; they kidnapped women to be sold into sexual slavery. This brought them to the attention of a masked vigilante who made a habit of thwarting their shipments.
Fisk grew tired of his alliance with the Russians and sought to "buy them out", which would consolidate his crime cartel. Without their knowledge, Fisk talked about ousting the Russians with his other partners; all but Fisk feared a war with them. After Fisk assured Gao that "Steel Serpent" would still be distributed without them, the Russians were offered a buy-out; they did not accept. However, the Ranskahov brothers accepted the offer after being defeated by the masked vigilante when they kidnapped the nurse Claire Temple. In his enthusiasm to accept the offer, Anatoly Ranskahov interrupted a date between Fisk and Vanessa Marianna; Ranskahov was violently killed for his trespass.
While working on another case, Matt Murdock heard the murder of Piotr in the New York City Police Department 15th precinct by Detective Christian Blake. By confronting Blake as the masked man, Murdock ultimately learned that something of significance would be occurring at each of the Russians' warehouses.
- "El cielo…¡El cielo esta cayendo otra vez!"
- ―Elena Cardenas
Each of the Russian's facilities received one of Gao's blind Steel Serpent deliverers, which some found strange for not having been notified of a new load. However, they were revealed to be carrying explosives instead of heroin and acted as suicide bombers, blowing up the warehouses and most of Vladimir's men. Vladimir himself became aware of the double cross a moment before the explosion occurred, and was capable of surviving it with his right hand man Sergei. Matt barely escaped the explosion as he was just outside Vladimir's hideout at the time.
Meanwhile, Karen Page and Foggy Nelson were having a romantic dinner at Elena Cardenas' apartment, but it was cut short by one of the nearby explosions. After recovering from it, Elena appeared with a head injury and the three of them rushed to Metro-General Hospital. At another point of Hell's Kitchen, Vanessa and Wilson watched the explosions, with the latter reminding her of a boy who had been kidnapped days before, and remarking how the men who did so wouldn't cause any more harm to his city.
The policemen who worked for Fisk hunted down and killed the remaining Russians, including Sergei, while also searching for Vladimir. As they found him and the man in the mask, they attempted to execute both, but Matt fought back, managing to defeat the cops who had found them and take Vladimir to a safer place with him, where he would subsequentially interrogate the Russian and learn about Leland Owlsley. However, a surveillance camera had filmed his confront with the police, and the footage was used by Fisk to blame him for the bombing.
Detective Christian Blake was hospitalized after being shot by a sniper working for Wilson Fisk. Fearing that Blake would reveal their dealings when he awoke from his coma, Fisk solicited Carl Hoffman to kill his partner.
Claire Temple helped Karen Page, Foggy Nelson, and Elena Cardenas when they arrived in Metro-General Hospital. There, they also noticed Foggy had been wounded and had to be hospitalized as well. When the explosions occurred, Cardenas likened the sounds to the Battle of New York, screaming at how the sky was falling again.