Alongside the Illuminati, T’Challa does all he can to halt the final incursion!

For 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. As we count down to a vision of T’Challa on the big screen coming soon, take a look back at five decades’ worth of comic book adventures…

Caught up in the impending incursions of entire universes with his own, The Black Panther and his fellow Illuminati clashed with Captain America in Spain in AVENGERS #39, but discovered it to be trap. Faced with multiple teams of Avengers, T’Challa and his comrades tried to fight their way out of the noose in NEW AVENGERS #28 until stopped by Sue Richards.

The Panther explained to all assembled in NEW AVENGERS #29 that the final incursion drew nearer and the Illuminati felt stymied to stop it. Just then, Hank Pym appeared and in NEW AVENGERS #30 related his tale of discovering a group of near-omnipotent beings called the Beyonders stood behind the incursions. Together with Black Bolt of the Inhumans, T’Challa confronted Namor in AVENGERS #41 and believed he and his villainous Cabal perished.

The Black Panther and the Illuminati began to construct a lifeboat in AVENGERS #42, a way to save individuals to rebuild after the final incursion. The Galactic Council arrived at Earth in AVENGERS #43, announcing their intention to destroy the planet and halt the incursion. T’Challa met with the President of the United States in AVENGERS #44 to tell him that the Earth would be gone in six hours.

Reed Richards and the Panther piloted the lifeboat with their assembled braintrust aboard in SECRET WARS #1, but when they headed toward the point of collision between universes, a breach occurred that tore the craft in two. The mask of Doctor Doom appeared for a moment before them, but in an explosion of light they lost consciousness.

T’Challa awoke from stasis in SECRET WARS #3 to hear his old friend Doctor Strange explain that he and others slumbered for eight years and that Doom now ruled the world as its god-king. In SECRET WARS #4, Strange took the Panther to a battle between Doom and the Cabal, but when things turned sour, the magician teleported everyone away to save them from the god-king’s wrath.

The Panther and his old rival Namor found themselves in a land called Egyptia in SECRET WARS #5, but in SECRET WARS #6 they traveled to another area of Doom’s world to uncover a cache of powerful artifacts—including an Infinity Gauntlet—hidden from Doom by Doctor Strange.

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Stephen joins with other heroes to save the world from behind the scenes!

The idea of a group of people running the world from the shadows goes back centuries. In the Marvel Universe, however, it can be traced back to the days of the Kree-Skrull War as seen in the NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI one-shot from 2006.

That’s about when Doctor Strange, Professor X, Mister Fantastic, Iron Man, Namor, Black Bolt, and Black Panther met to figure out if a behind-the-scenes alliance between them and their respective groups might benefit the world. Panther immediately saw the potential problems with such an idea and quit, but the others stuck together to banish the Hulk to space and branch into a five issue limited series called NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI by Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Reed and Jim Cheung.

Each issue took place around a major event in the history of the Marvel Universe. The first saw our heroes captured by the Skrulls after they tried to invade as a way of keeping the aliens from return trips to Earth. This ill-advised operation actually gave the shape shifters the information they needed to invade during Secret Invasion completely undetected.

In the second installment, Strange attempted to acquire one of the missing Infinity Gems alongside Namor and Professor X. The mission proved a success and between them, they gathered all the stones along with the Infinity Gauntlet. To keep them safe, each member of the Illuminati gained their own, with Strange keeping the Soul Gem.

New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1

New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1

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From there, they encountered The Beyonder during Secret Wars II and got him to stop playing with the laws of nature, at least for a bit and then tried to deal with Marvel Boy and his desire to destroy the Earth.

In the fifth and final issue, Tony Stark called another meeting that everyone attended even after World War Hulk and Civil War tore the hero community apart. Strange only appeared in his astral form saying, “I thought it best if there was a barrier between us. All things considered.” Tony wanted to explain to the others about the Skrull invasion as evidence by a Skrull posing as Elektra. As it happened, Strange traveled with the New Avengers when they headed to Japan and encountered the being.

Though he separated from Tony on the Registration Act, Strange returned to the Illuminati as seen in Jonathan Hickman’s NEW AVENGERS and AVENGERS runs that lead up to Secret Wars.

Opening the Book of Vishanti

NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI #4 kicked off with Doctor Strange telling Iron Man that Clea left him to rule the Dark Dimension. At that point, she had studied with him to become a mage herself and also discovered that Dormammu’s sister Umar birthed her. She took over in a story from DOCTOR STRANGE #7174 that ended with her in power and Stephen unwilling to stay on as her consort. In the original comics, this lead into Secret Wars II tie-ins whereas the timing gets reversed in ILLUMINATI.

Next, J. Michael Straczynski, Samm Barnes and Brandon Peterson offer an updated origin for the Master of the Mystic Arts in the Marvel Knights limited series STRANGE from 2004.

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Glimpse the future for Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati with these exclusive covers plus comments by Tom Brevoor

For Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this.

In September, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps the cataclysmic saga he has been building for two years forward to the day of the Final Incursion. AVENGERS #35 and NEW AVENGERS #24, both double-sized issues, will jump eight months into the future where the end game begins.

“After the cataclysmic events of the Avengers tie-in to Original Sin and the revelation as to what the Illuminati has been up to all this time, we jump the storyline ahead to the moment where time runs out for everybody,” reveals Marvel Senior VP – Executive Editor Tom Brevoort.

New Avengers (2013) #24 cover by Gabriele Dell'Otto

New Avengers (2013) #24 cover by Gabriele Dell’Otto

As seen from the covers to these two issues, a lot will have changed when these stories pick up. What has become of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Who comprises the new Cabal? And what’s coming in May, 2015?

“In addition to setting the table for the astonishing climax of Jonathan Hickman’s run, we’ll also be providing a glimpse into the immediate future of our characters and what changes await them over the course of the next eight months of publishing,” promises Brevoort. “This isn’t some maybe-future; this is the real deal, what’s awaiting the Marvel Universe in the coming year.”

Avengers (2012) #35 cover by Jim Cheung

Avengers (2012) #35 cover by Jim Cheung

AVENGERS #35, illustrated by Jim Cheung, and NEW AVENGERS #24, with art by Mike Deodato, both double-sized and both written by Jonathan Hickman, arrive this September!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and our social channels for all the latest AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS news

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Watch as Steve Rogers goes after the Illuminati in these preview pages by Leinil Yu

This May, the collision of the Avengers and New Avengers is imminent as untold treacheries come finally come to light. Marvel is proud to present your first look at AVENGERS #29, an Original Sin tie-in from the “New York Times” number one-bestselling creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Yu!

To stop multiversal armageddon, the Illuminati, a secret cabal of the Marvel Universe’s greatest minds, had to do the unthinkable. To save a universe, Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Mr. Fantastic, the Black Panther, Namor, the Beast and Black Bolt were forced to assemble the most terrifying weapon in the known universe – the Infinity Gauntlet!

To protect their secret, they tampered with the memories of Captain America, erasing his knowledge of their terrible acts. But no secret stays buried forever. And Steve Rogers is about to discover the betrayal of his closest allies.

Information held by the all-seeing Watcher has restored Steve Rogers memories – and the Illuminati’s days are numbered. What unfathomable secrets have Tony Stark and his inner circle been keeping? What will happen when the Marvel Universe at large discovers their treachery? Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are on a dangerous collision course – and before it’s over, only one of them will be left standing.

The Earth-shattering clash of the Avengers and New Avengers is upon us, and it all starts here! But when the dust clears, is there still a world worth fighting for? Find out as Earth’s Mightiest are thrust headlong into Original Sin this May in AVENGERS #29!

AVENGERS #29 (MAR140631)
ORIGINAL SIN TIE-IN
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by LEINIL YU
Cover by FRANK CHO
Sketch Variant Also Available! (MAR140632)
FOC – 04/21/04, On-Sale 05/14/14

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Jonathan Hickman previews Captain America learning the Illuminati's crime and much more!

Suspicion flits through Steve Rogers’ mind. Something was taken from him. He can’t account for time. Not all of it. If only he knew that the events he struggles to remember represent one of his darkest hours, when his friends betrayed him, snubbed out the very memory, and cast him out from their trust.

This May, starting in AVENGERS #29 by Jonathan Hickman and Leinil Francis Yu, Captain America remembers.

“Since the first issue of AVENGERS and the very beginning of NEW AVENGERS, it’s the thing that’s been sitting in the background, the thing you knew would come to a head,” says Hickman. “Captain America remembering. That the Illuminati reformed and kicked him out because he didn’t have his blood up enough. He remembers.”

Following the loss of the reassembled Infinity Gauntlet in a desperate effort to prevent a collision of worlds, Captain America refused to concede to his brethren in the Illuminati. Aware Cap would likely never yield, Tony Stark and Stephen Strange removed him from the equation, tabula rasa in place of the memory.


Original Sin teaser by Frank Cho

Original Sin teaser by Frank Cho

“He remembers the Illuminati standing over him,” continues Hickman. “When the events of Original Sin happen, that’s the catalyst that unlocks all of that stuff in his head. One night he goes to sleep not remembering. The next day he wakes up and he does. That fundamentally changes the world that he lives in, what this larger Avengers World is all about. This machine that he and Tony built. It colors all of that in a completely new light. It’ll color Captain America moving forward for the next year.”

Meanwhile, Hickman plans to bring the long-simmering feud between Black Panther and Namor to a head in NEW AVENGERS. Considering that that standoff played out in bloody war between Wakanda and Atlantis, the next stage in their conflict could shatter worlds.

“Namor basically betrayed Black Panther and, in essence, the whole Illuminati in order to preserve what was left of Atlantis,” says Hickman, in reference to the Atlantean’s cloak and dagger maneuvering during Thanos’ recent invasion.

Original Sin Avengers covers by Leinil Francis Yu

Original Sin Avengers covers by Leinil Francis Yu

INFINITY represented a major turning point in that saga, but now that the smoke is cleared, the writer hopes to take that more personal conflict “full steam ahead.” While Hickman thrilled at the scope and gravity of INFINITY, he’s equally excited for the character studies at the center of Original Sin and its themes of betrayal and atonement. Wronged so profoundly, can either Captain America or Black Panther even consider forgiveness?

“I think we’ve skirted around the question of these heroes’ capacity to do something villainous, because they don’t have any other choice,” Hickman notes. “These issues during Original Sin will answer that. The next year for both AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS is going to be pretty crazy. We’ve got Valerio Schiti on art in NEW AVENGERS and Leinil Yu drawing AVENGERS, and the books just look beautiful. Both of these are six-issue arcs, and both of those guys are just killing it.”

Continue to follow Marvel.com for all the latest news on Original Sin before the event kicks off this May!

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See members of the Illuminati work together to save the universe in these preview pages by Rags Morales!

This March, the past comes back to haunt even the most powerful heroes in NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW, from writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Rags Morales! No more bloodshed. The proud Black Panther and the arrogant Namor have sued for peace. To save their nations of Wakanda and Atlantis they must set aside their differences. As members of the Illuminati, a secret collective of the Marvel Universe’s most powerful heroes, they must work together in secret to stop the extinction of their entire universe! But their amends may be too little too late. Their universe is unravelling – and everyone pays the price for their sins. There’s no turning back for the Illuminati after this issue! No fan can afford to miss NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW!

NEW AVENGERS #16.NOW (JAN140636)
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by RAGS MORALES
Cover by MIKE DEODATO
Variant Cover by RAGS MORALES (JAN140637)
FOC – 3/03/2014, On-Sale – 3/26/2014

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Editor Tom Brevoort talks about the finale of Infinity, including what it means for the Avengers, Thanos and the Inhumans!

Download 'This Week in Marvel' Episode 112.5

Download ‘This Week in Marvel’ Episode 112.5

Editor Tom Brevoort swings by to wrap up INFINITY, discussing the art process, what comes next and much more, plus answering your questions!

Download episode #112.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes or Zune, so you never miss an episode!

This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse with Associate Producer Blake Garris and Associate Editor Marc Strom. 

We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel! And if your message is longer than 140 characters, send it through fans.marvel.com!

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Tom Brevoort returns to discuss the fifth issue of Infinity, with Captain America, Thanos and much more!

Download episode #108.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com

Senior VP – Executive Editor Tom Brevoort returns to the podcast to discuss the fifth issue of INFINITY as well as AVENGERS #22 and AVENGERS #23, covering the behind the scenes of creating the story plus discussion of the the Captain America, Gladiator, Ebony Maw, Thanos, Thane and more! Pick up INFINITY #5 next week!

Download episode #108.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes or Zune, so you never miss an episode!

This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse with Associate Producer Blake Garris and Associate Editor Marc Strom. 

We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel! And if your message is longer than 140 characters, send it through fans.marvel.com!

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Tom Brevoort returns to discuss the fourth issue of Infinity, with Thor, Thanos and much more!

Download episode #103.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com

Senior VP – Executive Editor Tom Brevoort returns to the podcast to discuss the fourth issue of INFINITY as well as AVENGERS #21, NEW AVENGERS #11 and more, covering the behind the scenes of creating the story as well as discussion of the the Builders, Thor, Captain America, Ronan, Thanos, Black Bolt, Thane and more! Pick up INFINITY #5 next week!

Download episode #103.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes or Zune, so you never miss an episode!

This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse with Associate Producer Blake Garris and Associate Editor Marc Strom. 

We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel! And if your message is longer than 140 characters, send it through fans.marvel.com!

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Jonathan Hickman teases the fate of the Inhumans spinning out of Infinity, plus see Simone Bianchi's December cover!

By Ben Morse

New Avengers #13.INH cover by Simone Bianchi

Can the New Avengers stop the Inhumanity?

That’s one question writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Simone Bianchi will be asking come December with NEW AVENGERS #13.INH, but given recent revelation in the pages of INFINITY, the fate of the Inhumans themselves seems up in the air.

“As radically as you can with them both still being the Inhumans and not dead,” forecasts Hickman of how much the powerful race will change as a result of the big event. “Which is good, as I really like writing Black Bolt and Maximus.”

Those Inhuman power players will have a major impact beyond the walls of Attilan in the months to come, as will other elements being explored by the Illuminati, first and foremost the devastating Incursions they’ve gathered to combat.

“The cool thing about NEW AVENGERS is that we see how actions in the Marvel Universe trickle out and affect other universes,” Hickman notes.

Catch up on NEW AVENGERS and keep following Marvel.com for the latest new on Inhumanity!

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