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Beginning:

June 23, 2016 [ 1 ] [ 2 ]

End:

June 2016 ( de jure )
October 2023 ( de facto )

Place:

Bucharest, Romania
Berlin, Germany
Schkeuditz, Germany
Siberia, Russia

Result:

Helmut Zemo successfully orchestrates the Avengers ‘ dissolution

Major Events

Battles:

capture of Winter Soldier
Escape from the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre
Rescue of Wanda Maximoff
Clash of the Avengers
Assassination of the Winter Soldiers
Battle at the HYDRA Siberian Facility
Escape from the Raft

Combatants

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Avengers
*Captain America
*Falcon
*Hawkeye
*Scarlet Witch
Winter Soldier
Ant-Man
Sharon Carter

Avengers
*Iron Man
*War Machine
*Black Widow
*Vision
Black Panther
Spider-Man
Joint Counter Terrorist Centre

Helmut Zemo

Commanders

Captain America Iron Man
Thaddeus Ross
Black Panther
Helmut Zemo

Casualties

Several Joint Counter Terrorist Centre operatives Josef
All Winter Soldiers
“An empire toppled by its enemies can rise again. But one which crumbles from within? That’s dead. Forever.”
―Helmut Zemo

The Avengers Civil War was a conflict between members of the Avengers, that stemmed from tensions between two factions of the team led by Captain America and Iron Man over their dissentious opinions of registering into the Sokovia Accords. Helmut Zemo, a man who sought to exact retaliation for his syndicate ‘s deaths during the Battle of Sokovia and intended to destroy the Avengers, bombed the United Nations where the law was going to be passed and framed Winter Soldier for the attack. Captain America ‘s team of Avengers became international fugitives for aiding in Barnes ‘ safety valve from a JCTC adeptness in Berlin, prompting Stark ‘s team to chase them on orders of U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross. Rogers, Stark and Barnes came to a head at a HYDRA facility in Siberia to stop Zemo, but rather ended up fighting each other when Zemo revealed Barnes ‘ function in the murder of Stark ‘s parents, fracturing the Avengers as a team. Although successful in his design, Zemo was subsequently apprehended by T’Challa, Prince of Wakanda, and was given to the JCTC. With the Avengers in confusion and some continuing to live as fugitives of the law, the team was unable to combat new emerging threats in one, which ultimately resulted in the Snap. Rogers and Stark ultimately set aside their personal differences to reassemble the team for a final mission to resurrect the victims of the Snap, resolving their conflict .

backdrop

Age of Heroes

“The world is filling up with people that can’t be matched, can’t be controlled.”
―Nick Fury

In 2009, Tony Stark publicly admitted that he was the armored superhero “ Iron serviceman. ” [ 3 ] Following this disclosure, the number of enhance individuals increased at an exponential rate, and generated feelings of resentment and fear among the general populace. Yet it was not until after the Battle of New York that the concern of those with powers became more omnipresent. [ 4 ] [ 5 ] As the world realized humanness was not alone in the universe, public opinion of the Avengers became increasingly divided. While many regarded the Avengers with praise, others either called for their arrest or resented them for personal reasons .
In 2014, the peacekeeping constitution S.H.I.E.L.D. put Project Insight, a secret operation that would prevent future threats to international security, into consequence. Unbeknownst to all, HYDRA, who had been embedded within the organization since the goal of World War II, attempted to use the project to achieve their goals and establish a modern world decree. Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, and Sam Wilson exposed HYDRA but were forced to release S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘s relegate files on the Internet, which resulted in S.H.I.E.L.D. being disavowed and labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. Despite multitude panic over the fact that there was no one left to protect the earth, a new S.H.I.E.L.D. emerged under the direction of Phil Coulson and worked in mysterious to defeat HYDRA. [ 6 ] [ 7 ] meanwhile, on a smaller scale, enhanced vigilantes such as Daredevil, Spider-Man, and Luke Cage emerged, attracting the attention of local anesthetic news networks. [ 8 ] [ 9 ] [ 10 ] In 2015, with S.H.I.E.L.D. in disarray, the Avengers reassembled and worked together to take down HYDRA cells around the populace. They raided a Sokovian inquiry basal and arrested high-level private detective Baron Strucker. During the foray into, Stark recovered the Scepter which Strucker used for his experiments. Stark by and by discovered an artificial intelligence hidden within the Scepter ’ sulfur jewel and used it to create the Ultron Program. however, the plan became self-conscious and convinced itself that humanness was responsible for preventing peace. Ultron proceeded to launch a series of attacks with the ultimate goal of ball-shaped genocide. During this time, an enhanced individual, Wanda Maximoff, joined the Avengers. The attacks finally culminated with the Battle of Sokovia, which caused the death of 177 civilians and $ 474 billion in damage. [ 11 ] [ 2 ] immediately following the Ultron Offensive, populace opinion of both the Avengers and “ talented people ” worsened. many people went a far as threatening to expose them and often referred to them as freaks. [ 11 ] During a confrontation between S.H.I.E.L.D. and an Inhuman cabal, a Quinjet loaded with modified Terrigen Crystals fell into the ocean. When the jet reached the bottom of the ocean floor, the crystals dissolved, contaminating a shoal of fish. The fish were late caught, turned into fish oil pills, and distributed global. Though S.H.I.E.L.D. pulled some of the intersection off store shelves, several people consumed what was not caught and, in doing indeed, discovered their true inheritance. [ 12 ] In the inflame of both the outbreak and the attacks engineered by the Inhuman known as Lash, President Matthew Ellis authorized the creation of the Advanced Threat Containment Unit, which would handle incidents involving the rise of Inhumans. [ 12 ] Months belated, a radical hate group known as the Watchdogs emerged and attacked an ATCU adeptness, killing all of the personnel inside. They by and by broadcasted the terrorist act, using the Battle of Sokovia as an excuse for their actions. [ 13 ] As a consequence, public electronegativity towards superhumans increased, and the nations of the universe began demanding government oversight. [ 14 ]

“Our people’s blood is spilled on foreign soil not only because of the actions of criminals but by the indifference of those pledged to stop them. Victory at the expense of the innocent is no victory at all.”
―T’Chaka

In 2016, the Avengers learned that former HYDRA sleeper agent Brock Rumlow, who had aligned himself with respective mercenaries, had been sighted in Lagos, Nigeria .
Upon arriving in Lagos, the Avengers learned Rumlow ‘s team was planning to break into a lab belong to the Institute for Infectious Diseases and stole a biological weapon. Although they secured the weapon, Rumlow managed to escape the facility. After trying to find Rumlow in a populace area, Rogers confronted him, and the two engaged in a hand-to-hand duel that ended with Rogers subduing him. When Rogers pressed Rumlow for information about his employer, the latter distracted him by mentioning Bucky Barnes before activating a suicide fail attached to his invest, purpose on taking Rogers with him. Maximoff contained the explosion and attempted to move the fire aside. however, she moved it excessively close to a nearby build and unwittingly caused an explosion that killed 26 people, with several relief aid workers from Wakanda among the dead. [ 2 ]

“For the past four years, you’ve operated with unlimited power and no supervision. That’s an arrangement the governments of the world can no longer tolerate.”
―Thaddeus Ross to the Avengers

With the catastrophe in Lagos deemed a public relations calamity, respective international politicians, head among them Wakanda ‘s reigning monarch T’Chaka, called for the United Nations to create a system of accountability. [ 2 ] A calendar month late, Thaddeus Ross, who had been recently selected by Matthew Ellis to serve as Secretary of State, met with the Avengers at the Avengers Compound and informed them that the United Nations was preparing to pass the Sokovia Accords, a fit of documents that would oversee the increasing number of enhance individuals while establishing a subcommittee that would monitor their movements. Ross went on to explain that anyone who refused to sign would be forced to “ retire ” and left the facility so the team could discuss the topic privately. The team immediately became divided over the topic of politics oversight, with Stark supporting the accords due to his guilt over the end of Sokovia and Ultron ‘s creation and Rogers opposing them due to his hard distrust of government agencies. During the discussion, Vision noted that, in the six years since Stark revealed himself as Iron Man, both the rate of hostile enhanced individuals and the number of potentially world-ending events grew exponentially. While Stark agreed, Rogers argued that they would be surrendering the right to choose if they agreed to sign. [ 2 ]

“More than seventy people have been injured. At least twelve are dead, including Wakanda’s King T’Chaka. Officials have released a video of a suspect who they have identified as James Buchanan Barnes, the Winter Soldier.”
―Newscaster

finally, Stark, James Rhodes, and Vision decided to sign the Accords while Clint Barton refused, citing the fact that he was retired. Rogers, who put the discussion on hold after learning that Peggy Carter died in her sleep, confided in Natasha Romanoff that he stood by his belief. Three days late, the United Nations arranged a formal ceremony at the Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria. Among those in attendance were Romanoff, King T’Chaka, and his son T’Challa. T’Chaka accepted Romanoff ‘s apology but was saddened to hear that Rogers was not in attendance. While watching his father open the proceedings, T’Challa noticed a whirl outside after a police pawl sniffed out a bomb calorimeter planted in an ADS News avant-garde parked outside the Centre. Despite his attack to evacuate the room, the bombard detonated and decimated the build, killing T’Chaka and respective others.

Following the bombing, T’Challa became Wakanda ‘s new monarch. When security footage revealed Bucky Barnes was creditworthy, T’Challa set out to avenge his church father ‘s mangle. meanwhile, Rogers, having learned about the fail, implored Sharon Carter to help him. She finally revealed Barnes was in Bucharest, Romania, prompting Rogers and Wilson to track him down. [ 2 ]

conflict

Rogers and Wilson managed to find Barnes living in a Bucharest safe house only to learn that both T’Challa and local police enforcement were besides in pursuit. This led to a high-speed chase through the city, which came to an end when Rhodes apprehended the four and escorted them to the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre in Berlin. Barnes was then placed in a contained cell while Everett Ross arranged for Theo Broussard to speak with him. meanwhile, Stark attempted to persuade Rogers to sign the Accords. The conversation became heated when Stark revealed that he confined Wanda to the Avengers Compound. [ 2 ]

“What do you want?”
“To see an empire fall.”
―Steve Rogers and Helmut Zemo

As Stark and Rogers continued arguing, “ Broussard ” arrived and met with Barnes. Before the discussion formally began, the ability suddenly went out. Broussard then recited a set of condition trip words that were used when Barnes was a HYDRA running. His program reactivated, Barnes broke release of his restraints and went on a rampage throughout the adeptness. After overpowering Romanoff, T’Challa, Carter, and Stark, Barnes made his means to the roof, where he attempted to escape via a helicopter. Rogers, meanwhile, reached the roof and grabbed the helicopter ‘s bring gear in a desperate attack to stop Barnes from escaping, but caused the copter to fall off the helipad and into the ocean. Rogers saved Barnes from drowning while Carter allowed Wilson to escape with their impound equipment. After taking Barnes to a distant placement, Rogers reunited with Wilson and began interrogating Barnes. Barnes revealed several personal facts about Rogers ‘ life before explaining that Broussard wanted information about a HYDRA adeptness that housed five early winter Soldiers, all of whom would prove to be unstoppable if revived them. Rogers and Wilson discussed the situation, deciding that Stark would not be able to assist them ascribable to the accords. Wilson then mentioned that they do n’t have to fight on their own and offered to call Ant-Man for aid. interim, Stark traveled to New York City and recruited Peter Parker, who was secretly the vigilante, known as Spider-Man. Parker accepted on the circumstance that his aunt continued to remain unaware of his activities. Stark agreed and decided to upgrade his new ally ‘s equipment, giving him a high-tech befit and web-shooters. [ 2 ]

“Cap needs our help. Come on.”
―Hawkeye to Scarlet Witch

erstwhile by and by, at the Avengers Compound, an explosion prompted Vision to investigate while Maximoff stayed behind. suddenly realizing she was not alone, she used her powers on a kitchen knife to attack the intruder. Maximoff promptly learned that Barton was in the board and that he was responsible for the explosion, which was meant to distract Vision while he rescued her .
Vision abruptly returned and confronted Barton in a fierce duel that ended with the celluloid being overpowering his former ally. At the last moment, however, Barton convinced Maximoff to take down Vision, which she reluctantly did. The two fled the compound and recruited Scott Lang before making their way to Germany, where Rogers, Barnes, and Wilson were. [ 2 ]

A team Divided

“I’m trying to keep you from tearing the Avengers apart.”
“You did that when you signed.”
―Iron Man and Captain America

Rogers and his team assembled at Leipzig-Halle Airport in Schkeuditz, where they planned to take a Quinjet to Siberia, where the HYDRA adeptness was located. Before they could make their means to the Quinjet, sirens went off, indicating that the airport was being evacuated. Rogers instructed the others to suit up and confronted Stark ‘s faction on the airport track. Rogers tried to convince Stark that Barnes was being framed, but the latter refused to listen, and the two factions engaged in a fight that resulted in mass destruction. In an extensive total of devastation had happened, Lang decided to test the Ant-Man Suit ‘s latest upgrade and reversed the courtship ‘s ability to manipulate atomic space, growing incredibly large while providing a distraction for Barnes and Rogers. however, he was taken down by Parker, Rhodes, and Stark. Barnes and Rogers were then confronted by Romanoff in the airdock, but were allowed to take off in the Quinjet after she chose to follow her conscience and used her Taser Disks to stall T’Challa. As Stark and Rhodes chased the Quinjet, Vision attempted to blast Wilson, who was making sure that the Quinjet escaped, out the sky. however, Wilson noticed the Energy Blast and moved out the way as the blast hit Rhodes in his office core, who plummeted to the grind and was knocked unconscious. [ 2 ]

A truth Revealed

“Let’s reroute the satellites, start facial scanning for this Zemo guy.”
“You seriously think I’m gonna listen to you after that fiasco in Leipzig? You’re lucky you’re not in one of these cells.”
―Tony Stark and Thaddeus Ross

Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, Clint Barton, and Scott Lang were captured and imprisoned on the Raft while Peter Parker was forced to return home and James Rhodes was left paralyzed from the battle after Vision by chance shoots him. Natasha Romanoff went into hide, knowing full well she would be arrested for her betrayal .
interim, Tony Stark learned that the man claiming to be Theo Broussard was, in fact, Helmut Zemo who murdered the very Broussard and framed Barnes for the bombing. Stark attempted to tell Thaddeus Ross what he had learned but was rebuffed. Stark then decided to take matters into his own hands and convinced Wilson to reveal where Rogers and Barnes were headed. Knowing full well that his actions would violate the Sokovia Accords, Stark lied to Ross before donning the Mark XLVI Armor and flying to Siberia, unaware that T’Challa was secretly following him. [ 2 ]

“I’ve lost everyone. And so will you.”
―Helmut Zemo to Captain America

Having arrived in Siberia, Rogers and Barnes infiltrated the HYDRA facility only to find themselves face-to-face with Stark. Stark immediately apologized for not believing Rogers and reconciled with his brother before the three made their way deeper into the intensify .
The three entered the room where the early Winter Soldiers were being kept and found that they had all been shot in the head execution-style. Zemo abruptly made his presence known, stating that he orchestrated the entire dispute for the sole purpose of avenging his family ‘s deaths. Zemo proceeded to play security footage from December 1991, which revealed that Barnes was responsible for the deaths of Howard and Maria Stark. Blind with rage about his parents ‘ death and how Rogers never told him this, Stark turns on Rogers and Barnes and attacks them while Zemo made his escape, unaware that T’Challa had overheard his confession. The struggle climaxed when Stark dismembered Barnes ‘ prosthetic arm, prompting Rogers to disable Stark ‘s armor before departing with his childhood friend. Stark stated that Rogers did not deserve his shield, which his father made. Rogers momentarily paused, reluctantly dropped the shield, and walked away with Barnes. meanwhile, T’Challa confronted Zemo, who recounted his motivations and apologized for killing T’Chaka before attempting to commit suicide. T’Challa managed to stop him in prison term and turned him over to Everett Ross. [ 2 ]

aftermath

Off the Grid

A few weeks later, Tony Stark, who had since returned to the Avengers Compound, received a software containing a cellular telephone and a letter from Steve Rogers who apologized for keeping the truth about his parents ‘ death from him before promising that he would be there if he needed help oneself. Moments after reading the letter, Stark received a call call from Thaddeus Ross, who informed him that Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, Clint Barton, and Scott Lang had all escaped from the Raft. [ 2 ] After freeing them, Rogers and Bucky Barnes traveled to Wakanda and were granted refuge there. T’Challa let Barnes, who was however shaken by his actions, go back into cryogenic stasis at the Wakanda Medical Center until the HYDRA program was erased. [ 2 ] Rogers then left and was joined by Wilson and Natasha Romanoff [ 15 ]. The three spent the rest of the year and all of the next year, live as fugitives .

Fractured team

“The Avengers broke up. We’re toast. Cap and I fell out hard. We aren’t on speaking terms.”
―Tony Stark to Bruce Banner

In 2018, Tony Stark informed Bruce Banner about the team ’ south side effect and that he was reluctant to speak to them. Banner told him the urgency of the matter and Stark reluctantly attempted to use the cellular telephone to call Steve Rogers to find Vision ‘s localization, but was stopped by the arrival of an alien starship. meanwhile, James Rhodes, regretting his decision to agree with the Sokovia Accords told Thaddeus Ross that because of the accords, it had caused more damage and damage to the Avengers and hopes for protecting the worldly concern. [ 16 ] As a result, the team was separated and were ineffective to prevent the apocalyptic event that caused half of all biography in the universe to disappear from happening. Three weeks after that, Stark and Rogers saw each other for the first time. Despite being in front man of those unrelated to the consequence, such as Rocket Raccoon, Carol Danvers, and Thor, Stark blamed Rogers for what had transpired and for not returning to the team so they could assemble together. [ 17 ] During the next five years, Stark would continue to vent his frustrations over the issue to Banner. [ 18 ]

The Impact on S.H.I.E.L.D .

“It’s time for S.H.I.E.L.D. to come in from the cold, relegitimize.”
“In exchange for revealing and registering any Inhumans we may have? Not gonna happen.”
“Why are you so pigheaded? It’s good enough for the Avengers.”
“Not all of them.”
―Glenn Talbot and Phil Coulson

sometime after Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes went into shroud, President Matthew Ellis sent Glenn Talbot to meet with Phil Coulson and get him to reveal any S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘s “ undocumented assets. ” To Talbot ‘s annoyance, Coulson refused to divulge any data, securely stating that S.H.I.E.L.D. worked in the shadows. however, Coulson gave Talbot a go of the Playground and presented him Yo-Yo Rodriguez. [ 19 ] respective months late, with HYDRA obliterated and Hive defeated, S.H.I.E.L.D. was relegitimized under populace handmaid Jeffrey Mace, who replaced Coulson as Director. [ 20 ]

During Mace ‘s directorship, multiple Inhumans agreed to sign the Accords, such as Rodriguez [ 21 ] and JT James, although James was against it in the first place. Growing to hate what he had become, he allied with the Watchdogs and provided them with access to the list of the Inhumans who signed the Accords. [ 22 ]

resoluteness

“We are getting the whole team?”
“We’re working on that right now.”
―Tony Stark and Steve Rogers

In 2023, Steve Rogers and Tony Stark made amends with each other at the Avengers Compound. Stark gave Rogers his shield back to him and agreed to help with the Time Heist. Thus, with all the team reassembled, the conflict was formally over. [ 17 ]

Appearances

In chronological ordering :

Behind the Scenes

  • According to Anthony and Joe Russo, the Avengers Civil War only truly ended when the Avengers reassembled and Iron Man and Captain America made amends with each other.[23]

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