- “It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear missile launched from Cuba as an attack by the Soviet Union on the United States.”
- ―President John F. Kennedysrc
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a 13-day conflict that occurred between the United States of America and the Soviet Union over the deployment of American missiles in Turkey and Italy, with consequent Soviet missile deployment in Cuba. It was orchestrated by Sebastian Shaw in an attempt to cause a nuclear war that would ensure mutant dominance on Earth. However, the X-Men were able to avert the Cuban Missile Crisis, but in doing so, caused a separate mutant faction known as the Brotherhood of Mutants to form under Erik Lehnsherr's leadership.
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