Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Wakanda/Atlantis War Part 1.3: The Illuminati

[This is Part 1 of a multiple post series going over the details of one of the most important moments in the Black Panther mythos: The Wakanda/Atlantis War.

In Part 1, we are specifically looking at the the various meetings between the Black Panther and Namor prior to the War. In 1.3, we look at the formation of the Illuminati]



The Illuminati first became an idea shortly following the Kree/Skrull War in Marvel time but during Bendis's The New Avengers: The Illuminati #1 in real time. Stark, Strange, Xavier, Reed, Namor, Black Bolt, and T'challa met in Wakanda to discuss some way to prevent another catastrophe like the Kree-Skrull War.

New Avenger: The Illuminati

Stark's initial idea was to form one giant team of all the super heroes. Namor immediately disagreed, rudely.

New Avenger: The Illuminati

T'challa also agrees it is a bad idea.

New Avenger: The Illuminati

Then Namor points out that the Avengers, X-Men, and Inhuman essentially have criminals on their team.

New Avenger: The Illuminati

The group then decides that it is best if they just kept everything to themselves. They would meet and meet in private. No friends, no family, no other teammates. This is when T'challa gives his famous (maybe infamous now) speech and dips out:



New Avenger: The Illuminati

T'challa's warning was prophetic in nature, as the Illuminati's first big decision, exiling The Hulk, ended up not being unanimous, and Namor nearly killed Iron Man because of it.

New Avenger: The Illuminati

In the end, Namor agreed with T'challa....

New Avenger: The Illuminati

But it didn't stop the Illuminati from meeting later on, over and over. And then later of course, it didn't stop T'challa from rejoining the group in the future when it fit his needs.

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