A new rumor suggests that Marvel Studios is in the early stages of developing a project based on Marvel’s Illuminati. The report indicates the information was learned from a cast listing that currently only names Marvel Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige as a producer on the project, titled Marvel’s Illuminati. It’s unclear whether the project would be a film or a Disney+ series.
Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven created the Illuminati idea during Bendis’ run writing Marvel’s Avengers titles. In the pages of New Avengers, Bendis revealed that a secret society made of some of Marvel’s iconic characters had been operating without oversight since the events of the Kree-Skrull War years ago. The New Avengers: The Illuminati miniseries revealed the group’s secret history.
The original group’s membership consisted of figures capable of representing all of the Marvel Universe’s significant powers. Those members were: Iron Man represented the Avengers; Mister Fantastic represented the Fantastic Four; Namor represented Atlantis; Black Bolt represented the Inhumans; Professor X represented the X-Men and mutants; Doctor Strange represented Earth’s mystics.
Each member was at one point tasked with hiding and guarding one of the six Infinity Stones.
If Feige plans to base his Illuminati project on this series — assuming the project does exist — then it would presumably reveal some previously unknown history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.