Marvel 1963 is set in New York City, New York, during the turbulent Sixties.


When the Sixties dawned, the United States stood as the arsenal of democracy, the capitalist superpower positioned to usher in a new age under its charismatic young president, John F. Kennedy. The age of Camelot promised great prosperity and hope for the country, but the dream ended in a violent assassination in Dallas by an alien power. Marvel 1963 presents a divergent view on the 1960s but many themes remain integral to the alternate Earth setting.

Under Lyndon B. Johnson, a raft of new policies mark an era of greater political activism. Ordinary people challenge the status quo against long-held beliefs and traditions. Upheaval marks society on all fronts. Women agitate for greater freedom in the workplace and an end to gender discrimination. African-Americans demand that segregation cease, they receive equal voting rights and social recognition through a series of landmark sit-ins, protest marches, and peaceful sit-ins led by the likes of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Native Americans rally to protect their ancestral lands and call for recognition from the government at all levels. Mutants are treated as pariahs in many areas, confined to ghettos like New York's "Mutant Town." Agitation leads more groups to press for equal rights against significant pushback from law enforcement, politicians, and the traditional views of society itself.

While not aiming for total historical authenticity, these resources are available to help root players in a vibrant decade where change is the norm and people broke the mould to reshape their own futures.


We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest of that ship.
— John Lennon

This tab covers the popular culture of 1960s New York.

Popular movies of this era include spy thrillers like James Bond series (Thunderball in 1965, Goldfinger and From Russia With Love in 1964), the musical Sound of Music, dramas like Doctor Zhivago and The Carpet Baggers. Comedies remain perennial favourites.


Well, I actually grew up in the sixties. I feel very lucky, actually, that that was my slice of time that I was dealt. Let's remember that the real motivation in the sixties, and even in the fifties, was the Cold War.
— John Le Carre

This tab briefly covers the atmosphere of the Cold War.

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