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With Bendis leaving the Avenger’s books, many assumed his Illuminati would essentially be no more. It was his baby and creation and many thought it would die without him.
Apparently not, although the roster is changed big time.
The Illuminati were essentially a secret group of Marvel hero’s who met and tried to essentially shape the world as they seemed fit. The original members were Iron Man, Charles Xavier, Namor, Reed Richard, Dr. Strange, and Black Bolt. Black Panther was offered a spot but declared the Illuminati as a horrible idea, told them to disband, and left. Throughout the years, Black Bolt was replaced with Captain America.
The Illuminati have been integral to the history of the Marvel Universe, but right now their biggest thing is that each member owns an Infinity Gem to keep it hidden. But with Namor going rogue and Xavier being dead, it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
After the jump, a look at the new roster of the New Avengers which will be very interesting.
The new New Avengers keep some of the core Illuminati members. Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Richards, and even Namor (somehow) are still members. New to the team is the Black Panther (YES!!!) and Beast. Black Bolt also seems to return to the team. The only one missing is Captain America. So it seems possibly that Beast or Black Bolt is taking Xavier’s spot and Panther is taking Captain America’s.
However, one of the posters seems to show only 6 members, not seven. So who isn’t staying?
This… is interesting. The big monkey in the room is Panther and Namor. Namor went nutso with his Phoenix powers and straight up destroyed Wakanda, the home of the Black Panther. The then got the shit beat out of him and lost is Phoenix powers. How are these two going to even be in the same room as one another, let alone on a team? Panther declared long ago he would kill Namor for what he did to Wakanda. Plus… Namor is wanted by the government along with the rest of the Extinction team.
According to Hickman, this team gets together due to something Panther discovers that is supposedly so big he needs this team. That will be interesting.
Also interesting is Black Bolt coming onto the team. Is he replacing someone? Just joining the team again? And why is he back?
The other big monkeys in the room are the Infinity Gems. There are six gems yet there seem to be 7 members. Plus… what happened to Xavier’s if he is dead and he held it secret? Who doesn’t get a gem? Did Captain America give his to either Black Bolt or Panther or does he hold it for himself? Very interesting.
All in all… this book will likely be fantastic. It was a book Hickman wanted to right BEFORE he was given both of the Avengers books. Color me excited for this one.
|New Avengers + Infinity Gems