‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’ introduced us to a well-known think-tank from the comics, The Illuminati.
That version of The Illuminati hailed from parallel Earth-838. A bunch of heavy hitters led by Earth-838’s Stephen Strange formed the Illuminati to safeguard their realm from major dangers like cosmic entities and interdimensional invasions.
The initial lineup featured Stephen Strange, Charles Xavier, Peggy Carter, Blackagar Boltagon, Maria Rambeau, and Reed Richards. Karl Mordo hopped on board after Strange bit the dust post-Battle of Titan. Unfortunately, the Illuminati got the axe later on, courtesy of Wanda Maximoff, who wiped out everyone but Mordo.
Now, according to the rumors started by a well-known leaker on X CanWeGetSomeToast, the version of the Illuminati from mainline MCU Earth-199999 will consist of Carol Danvers, Wong, and Bruce Banner.
This lineup is sort of different from the lineup we’ve seen in the comics, but it’s to be expected that additional members will be added to the group once X-Men and Fantastic Four debut in the MCU officially.
The Illuminati were a clandestine assembly of Earth’s top heroes representing diverse communities. They met secretly for years, driven by the different crises and monumental events. Despite their different backgrounds, they found early success, each member contributing a unique perspective to problem-solving.
However, depending on how you look at them, in some cases, they did more harm than good, culminating in public exposure during the ‘World War Hulk’ storyline. Infighting and crises threatened their existence, but they persistently re-grouped, sometimes with different lineups altogether.
After reality was threatened to be destroyed by the incursions, they successfully saved the multiverse but ultimately disbanded only to re-group once again. Current members of the Illuminati comics are Black Bolt, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Namor, and Professor X.
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