Calm Before The Storm
"Avengers! Assemble!"What mankind did not expect erupted from a display of power unlike any other seen before. The Avengers, a superhero team sanctioned by the government, has become the face of crime-fighting on a global scale. Responding to deadly threats the world over hope has become something everyone has a chance to look forward to. But with every superhero there comes a villain, organized by those as nefarious as they are. And as the world looks to the Avengers for safety, the underworld looks to another. Loki, having vanished when the Bifrost was destroyed, has resurfaced again, biding his time and waiting for his moment to strike. What he seeks can be found within S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Admiralty Facility — it is the key to his revenge. His target? The Cosmic Cube, an item with unlimited potential but no viable way to tap into it. For now he knows he must lay in waiting to stand against the Avengers, and to do so he will need all the otherworldly help he can get.
In New York City and across the world as a whole a new phenomena has begun to emerge: mutants. Evolved past the normal stages of human genetics, mutants possess great power and need to learn great responsibility. Two great minds, Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, have taken the reins in many of these young mutants' lives, directing them to a greater goal and that is to save the world. But Erik possesses unrest toward humanity and how their reaction to mutantkind will be the same as Hitler's to the Jewish population. Even with his doubts the young mutants have banned together, becoming the X-Men. The world as we know it has changed. Everything we thought we knew about crime and the way criminals worked has changed with it.
ONLY THE BEGINNING
From Jotunheim, the realm Loki was born on and then stolen from by the hand of Odin, the God of Mischief summons down Beli and several Frost Giants in preparation for his first move against Midgard. An agreement is made between Beli and the Trickster, setting into motion a series of events none could have foreseen.
MISCHIEF & MAYHEM
While several Avengers are called away Loki lays siege to the Admiralty Facility. Within level five quarantine is an object of unknowable power: the Cosmic Cube. Killing guards left and right before the remaining Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents can intercept, Loki manages to steal the Cube — but not before injuring the Black Widow psychically and himself physically.
A COLD WIND BLOWS
In order to distract S.H.I.E.L.D. from his true intentions, Loki has unleashed a small group of Frost Giants on Montreal, Quebec in Canada. With Captain America at the helm, an even smaller unit of Avengers responds to the carnage laying siege to the city. Once the Jotuns are close to defeat, however, the true enemy shows up, displaying the power of the Cosmic Cube now in Loki's possession as he sends a signal of war to those outside the Earth. Despite being televised the horrors abound in Canada only serve to fuel the public support of the Avengers.
Reed Richards, a leading scientist in a variety of fields, has finally achieved his dream of taking his own private space ship into the universe beyond Earth. Despite being incapable of going too far from the bounds of the planet, the Cosmic Storm is his team's end goal. To study, to calculate, and to be caught in the storm as the Cosmic Cube's residual energy triggers the storm early on. This team of space adventurers are to one day become the Fantastic Four.
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill, second-in-command to Director Nicholas Fury, calls about a debriefing to reveal information previously unknown about the assailant at the Admiralty Facility, as well as what attacked Montreal. Tensions arise as the Avengers discover Agent Hill's utter disdain for them, leading to sectioning off of those capable of analyzing data on the stolen Cosmic Cube, as well as to find a way to respond to Loki's threat of war.
Upon his return to Jotunheim, Loki seizes the throne of the Frost Giant's realm, hidden from the eyes of Odin and Heimdall. Embracing his lineage as the Son of Laufey, Loki prepares for the inevitable arrival of his brother to the frozen wastelands to officially declare war on Midgard — and to wait for the arrival of those he called to his aid.
LET'S HAVE A WAR
As Loki predicted, Thor arrives on Jotunheim in an attempt to talk to his brother, trying to urge him to give up his foolish act of chasing down dreams of power and greed — to return home. Loki, so far corrupted by the power of the Cosmic Cube, appears ready for a war he believes he can win.