This blockbusting battle is taking the Marvel Universe by storm, and for those of you living in Latveria and have somehow missed it, here's a quick refresher course to go along with the heart-pumping trailer.
In an attempt to boost ratings for their reality television show, four young heroes confront a group of villains hiding out in a home in Stamford, Connecticut. One of the villains, Nitro, escapes into the surrounding neighborhood. Refusing to be captured, Nitro unleashes his power and incinerates a nearby elementary school—killing hundreds of innocent children.
In the wake of this disaster, the public is outraged. A Superhuman Registration Act is passed by Congress, and now all those possessing paranormal abilities are required to register with the government.
Reaction among the heroes is split down the middle, with an AWOL Captain America on one side and a pro-registration Iron Man on the other. The line has been drawn.
As heroes all over the country are being arrested for refusing to register, Spider-Man makes a bold move and unmasks in front of the whole world on television demonstrating his allegiance with the Act.
In the mist of all this media chaos and guerilla warfare, Iron Man reaches out to Captain America and his resistance team wanting to compromise. Both teams meet at a disclosed location to talk. Sharp tongues turn to sharper blows, and a battle erupts. Suddenly there is pause as a bolt of lighting comes crashing down from the heavens. When the dust settles, a long lost Thor stands in front of them, wielding his hammer.