|This has got to be the worst alternate universe ever. -Peter Parker (Earth-616)
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Civil War is a Marvel Comics event/storyline that happened when the United States government to introduced a "Living Weapon of Mass Destruction" registry for all super-powered individuals. All Marvel heroes were divided on the issue, and a Civil War ensued.
The event/storyline took place in Earth-616 and first appeared on Civil War #1.
- Fantastic Four
- New Warriors
- New Avengers
Most of the pro-registration heroes, such as Mister Fantastic, Doc Samson, She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers), and Wonder Man, already had highly public identities. Even Stark unmasked himself as Iron Man (for the second time in his career), and admitted to previous attempts to hide his identity. One supporter, however, was not yet public: Spider-Man was reluctant to reveal his identity. He prepared to liquidate his assets and flee the country with his wife and aunt to avoid revealing his identity and putting them in jeopardy. They, on the other hand, were supportive and felt it was time for Peter to finally get some recognition for his good work. During a live, nationally televised broadcast, he pulled off his mask and announced, "My name is Peter Parker, and I've been Spider-Man since I was fifteen years old."
With this being common knowledge, the Chameleon orchestrates a plan to go after Peter Parker and the ones he cares about most.