you hold on and let go

It's 2015, and in the three years since the Battle of Manhattan, the world has in some ways changed beyond recognition, and in others remained tragically the same. Two more incursions – one by Dark Elves and another by Frost Giants – have been narrowly beaten back, and people are on edge. What else is out there? When will the next invasion come? Can Earth survive?

Worse than the fear of attack from without, though, is the fear of the 'enemy' within. The existence of superhumans – once largely the province of late-night radio shows, secretive government agencies, and obscure internet message boards – has gone from under-the-radar to in-your-face. Attacks by mutant terrorists have increased sharply in both frequency and severity. Nation after nation worldwide has passed laws targeting metas, restricting their rights in the name of public safety.

For years the United States was the last major hold out against the tide, but the tragic deaths of almost two dozen school children at the hands of an explosive mutant sparked popular outrage that was fanned by the media into a political firestorm. The result was the recent passage of the Superhuman Registration Act. Now positions are hardening, partisans are growing ever more strident, violence is flaring and the country is spiraling slowly but inevitably toward a civil war.

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It's the day after tomorrow, and yesterday the world was turned upside down.

Once upon a time last Tuesday, most of humanity lived in the bliss of ignorance. There was no such thing as monsters. Superheroes and villains lived only in comic books, and aliens were confined to science fiction. Anybody who claimed otherwise could safely be dismissed as a conman or a crackpot. Of course, every now and then there would be a whispered story of something inexplicable or a rumor of someone larger than life, but there was never any solid proof, and you know how people exaggerate. It was probably just some guy with a high-tech prototype. Or weather balloons. Or swamp gas.

Then one fine spring day a god ripped a hole in the sky, and everything changed. Hundreds of thousands of people witnessed an alien invasion of one of the largest cities on the planet, and they and millions more watching on tv saw it defeated by a handful of extraordinary individuals. When it was over, Manhattan was littered with alien corpses and pieces of unearthly technology, and formerly comfortable certainties were no longer so assured. Then, there was another alien attack on Greenwich, and suddenly, reality was a whole new ball game.

Afterward, the dust might have settled, but nothing else did. Despite the best efforts of SHIELD, a thriving black market in alien artifacts sprang up, as people from hoodlums to scientists to mercenaries to dilettantes to cultists scrambled to get their hands on some. Other superhumans, inspired or infuriated by the example of the Avengers, grew restive. Politicians the world over sought to manipulate the tragedy to advance their own agendas. And further afield, across the universe and beyond, other forces took notice of a previously unremarkable little blue world ...

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Where We Are Now


The revelation of Hydra's infiltration of SHIELD happened a little over a week ago, and the fallout is still raining down. SHIELD has been outlawed (at least temporarily) in many countries, including the US, and most agents are either on the run or in hiding. Maria Hill is the acting Director, and is aboard the Helicarrier, which has been granted asylum by the island nation of Genosha. Hydra, however, is in even worse straits, having placed a number of very powerful and ruthless individuals on its Insight List, including several heads of state and crimelords like Wilson Fisk and Giuletta Nefaria.

The events of Age of Ultron have not happened, though Wanda and Pietro exist (and we would love to see them in play, be it as villains, heroes, or something in-between). While the Tesseract and the Aether exist, they simply are what they are and aren't Infinity Stones. The gem in Loki's scepter is, as was established in Avengers ("You can't fight yourself") a creation of the Tesseract, though it is sentient in its own right, making for some interesting AU possibilities for Vision.

For mutants, things are not going well. In late December, the Brotherhood made an attempt to assassinate Senator Graydon Creed, which failed spectacularly thanks to a motley group of X-Men, Avengers, and Sentinels. Most of the terrorists were either killed or captured, and Magneto himself was badly wounded by Sentinel Prime. Anti-mutant activists were both enraged and emboldened, and Creed is already hard at work on passing Registration laws and expanding the Sentinel program.

On the magic side of things, the Tesseract's removal back to Asgard led to an upsurge in magic in the world. With the Convergence destroying the Barrier Odin had put in place to shield Midgard, beings from other Realms are now able to get in. The Convergence also destroyed the Montesi Formula, leading to a return of the curse of vampirism (though most individual vampires destroyed by the Formula remain gone).

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Live to Rise is set in the Avengers/Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. universe and includes:
* Incredible Hulk
* Captain America 1 & 2
* Thor 1 & 2
* Iron Man 1-3
* Avengers
* Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (episodes 1-8)*

We also include an AU-ified X-Men 1, but not 2 or 3.

Inclusion of other Marvel comic based movies will be on a case-by-case basis (except X-Men 3, which will never happen).

* pretty much all of the events occurring between Episodes 9 and 17 are also included, with the possible exception of Lorelei's visit
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