The Bombing of the Vienna International Centre was a terrorist attack on a United Nations ceremony in Austria, orchestrated by Helmut Zemo in order to locate Bucky Barnes in his campaign to divide and destroy the Avengers. It resulted in the death of 12 people including T'Chaka, the King of Wakanda.
- "It's a good way to flush a guy out of hiding. Set off a bomb, get your picture taken. Get seven billion people looking for the Winter Soldier."
"You're saying someone framed him to find him."
"Steve, we looked for the guy for two years and found nothing."
"We didn't bomb the UN. That turns a lot of heads."
- ―Steve Rogers, Sharon Carter, and Sam Wilson
After a terrorist attack in Lagos claimed the lives of twenty-six people, eleven of the victims being relief aid workers from the nation of Wakanda, the international community called for the United Nations to create a system of accountability.
Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross approached the Avengers and informed them that the United Nations was currently in the process of passing the Sokovia Accords, which would serve to supervise the enhanced individuals. Avengers divided over the accords, with Steve Rogers opposing them and Tony Stark supporting them.
Eventually, Iron Man, Black Widow, Vision, and War Machine signed the accords while Captain America, Falcon and the rest of the Avengers refused to do so. The United Nations passed the accords and arranged a formal ceremony at the Vienna International Centre in Austria.
Among those in attendance at the ceremony were Black Widow, King T'Chaka of Wakanda and his son, Prince T'Challa. T'Chaka accepted Black Widow's apology regarding the events in Lagos, but was saddened to hear that Captain America wasn't attending.
Needing to locate Bucky Barnes, Helmut Zemo used a facial prosthesis of Barnes to plant a bomb in a van in full view of a security camera, aware that the bombing would have billions of people searching for Barnes, which in turn would force the former HYDRA assassin out of hiding.
- "A bomb hidden in a news van ripped through the UN building in Vienna. 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, also known as the Winter Soldier."
- ―News Anchor
T'Chaka opened the proceedings with the keynote address, citing Wakanda's involvement in Ultron's plan for global genocide and the recent destruction in Lagos as his reasons for supporting the accords. T'Challa, who had been observing the speech, suddenly noticed a commotion outside the building and learned that a bomb had been planted in the ADS News van. Despite his attempts to evacuate the room, the bomb decimated the building. As chaos ensued, a wounded T'Challa found his father's corpse and cradled it in his arms.
Captain America, who was attending the funeral of Peggy Carter in London, learned about the bombing and headed with Falcon to Bucharest, where Barnes had been hiding since the Battle at the Triskelion.
They managed to track Barnes down to a safe house only to learn that T'Challa was also in pursuit. This resulted in a high-speed chase that ended with everyone being arrested by the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre.
Unbeknownst to all, intelligence officer Helmut Zemo had orchestrated the bombing and framed Barnes in his quest to exact vengeance against the Avengers for the death of his family during the Battle of Sokovia.
In chronological order:
- Captain America: Civil War
- Spider-Man: Homecoming Prelude (concurrent events)
- Black Panther (flashback)
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.