Brian Michael Bendis, Steve McNiven
The “Illuminati”: a secret organization comprised of several of the world’s most powerful heroes: Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange; Black Bolt, King of the Inhumans; Charles Xavier, founder of the X-Men and mutant rights activist; Reed Richards, founding member of the Fantastic Four; Namor the Sub-Mariner.
Formerly: Necropolis, Wakanda; Funtime, Inc. Facility ; Avengers Mansion; Baxter Building
Said by Maximus
You’re used to dealing with heroes… But what you don’t have much experience with is kings. And that’s your problem here. You can’t think of them as normal men. You can’t even think of them as behaving human–that’s thinking too small… They are larger than that, bigger than that… They exist above other men because they were born that way. Authority began at the cradle, you see. Their very idea of morality is different than what you are used to. The people–their people–expect them to do violence to ensure a certain amount of peace and prosperity. And like gods, they are also expected to commit murder… So the people can sleep at night knowing they are protected.
Talking about Illuminati (Earth-616) so within a week after the Kree-Skrull War, Iron Man gathered the superhuman leaderships in Wakanda as he feels that a unified delegation of heroes could join to prevent dangerous threats. His proposal was not received by the others involved; Namor the Submariner, the king of Atlantis, argued that such an endeavour would be uncontrollably unpredictable and would lack public support.
Reed Richards, of the Fantastic Four, pointed out, however, that their scattered intelligence would be helpful if communally shared among all. The master of mystic arts Doctor Strange echoed that such an initiative should be silent and nobody knows about it. Something that would be moderated by the mental abilities of the mutant telepath and leader of the X-Men Professor Charles Xavier. The Inhuman royal Black Bolt rounded up the emerging cabal. However, their host and king of Wakanda, the Black Panther, vehemently opposed their covert organization, alleging that superhumans should not decide Earth’s affairs solely by themselves and that disagreements within their points of view were expected.
Undeterred by Black Panther’s speech, the newly christened “Illuminati” had their first point of discussion raised by Xavier in the form of the living island of Krakoa.
Editorial Name(s): New Avengers
“Black Bolt”, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Medusa, Namor, Professor X, Beast, Black Bolt, Black Panther, Captain Britain, Amadeus Cho, Doc Green, Mister Fantastic, Yellowjacket
Avengers, Sunspot’s Avengers, Cyclops’s Nation X, Sue Storm, Fantastic Four, New Avengers, Secret Avengers, X-Men
Black Swan, Maximus
Thanos, Skrulls, The Hood, Rabum Alal, Black Swan, Terrax, Avengers, Great Society, Namor’s Cabal, Black Order, Imperial Guard, Pride, God-Emperor Doom
Hulk, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Avengers, Captain America
Place of Formation: Wakanda