Status: Secret. Few characters would know of it, and most of those are from alternative timelines.
The first whispers of the name Akkaba are rooted in Ancient Egypt as a tribe of superstitious men and women who would give birth to a deformed, gray child. Casting the creature out to die in the desert, the whole clan would meet its demise at the arrival of Baal and his nomads, who would bathe the town in blood. The only survivor was the creature: En Sabah Nur, the first one, so named by his new father Baal.
As the child would grow to become a god, Akkaba grew to worship the First One. Over time the sands enveloped the town, which became a subterranean mausoleum for all its descendants, but the blood of Akkaba spread as did its influence. In the modern world, many politicians and influential figures bear its sigil, and all pray fervently for the lifting of the veil, an Age of Apocalypse, when the weak will fall and the strong will rise. The eyes and ears of En Sabah Nur, they keep tabs on promising mutants.
Status: Open secret. Both the X-Men and the Brotherhood have a history with the Hellfire Club and some of them are members of it.
The Hellfire Club began in England as a social club for the British social elite and wealthy in the 1760's as a way to provide its members with pleasures that often defied the moral standards of the time and to allow members to consolidate their influence over British economic and political matters.The purpose of the Hellfire Club is to obtain and exert power through politics and economic influence instead of outward conquest and domination.
Originally the Council of the Chosen was composed of humans but was infiltrated by super-powered mutants after a botched backing of Steven Lang's mutant-hunting Sentinels. After his death in 2009, the mutants Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost slaughtered the Council of the Chosen. Under their guidance the Hellfire Club first came to the attention of the X-Men when Mastermind kidnapped and took over the mind of Dark Phoenix. Wolverine inflicted nearly lethal injuries on several of its mercenaries and Donald Pierce, but the organization continued its activities even after being thwarted by the Brotherhood and the X-Men.
Status: Open Secret. The Marauders are well-known by the X-Men and the Brotherhood but almost unheard of by outsiders.
The Marauders are a group of super-powered mercenaries working on behalf of the secretive entity known as Sinister. Very little is known about their intentions, as that would be knowing their master's, but all Marauders seem willing to anything to curry favor from their boss. They are most well-known for massacring the Morlocks.
Oscorp (NYSE: OZ) is an American multinational corporation. It is headquartered in Oscorp Tower in Manhattan, New York City. Formerly known as Osborn Industries, Oscorp's President and CEO is billionaire industrialist Norman Osborn. Norman Osborn studied chemistry and electrical engineering in college. He also took a number of courses in business administration. Norman Osborn's teacher Professor Mendel Stromm formed the business partnership.
The Reavers are a band of crippled mercenaries that once worked for the Hellfire Club, but in a fight with the Brotherhood and the X-Men got horribly maimed. Following Donald Pierce, they have become cyborgs dedicated to the destruction of mutants, and a number of them especially want to take revenge on one particular X-Man, Wolverine.
The Sentinel Program is the greatest competitor of the Avengers in terms of government budget as the Department of Defense is still unsure of which is humanity's best chance. Both were bested in their first fielding, but the Sentinels have the advantages flesh and blood, unique heroes lack.
Night of the Sentinels: Part I and Night of the Sentinels: Part II. Although they were defeated, it took the effort of multiple, well-trained mutants to down a single Mark II, marking them as a success in the eyes of many interested parties.The fielding of Sentinels occurred in 2008, a hasty process authorized by the then-compromised Steven Lang. After his hospitalization, the Sentinel Program found a second wind within the Stark Industries as a top secret project. Using technology unlike anything seen before the Mark II generation have recently made their debut in Central Park, during a Dazzler concert in
S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded by Colonel Nicholas Fury during the later years of the Cold War before eventually expanding into a global multi-national organization with thousands of agents worldwide in response to an increase in the global mutant population. The organization was first led by General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross as its director and was controlled entirely by the United States. During the Gulf War, the Weapon X Project, headed by Colonel John Sublime, was sanctioned by S.H.I.E.L.D.
The organization would start the Avengers Initiative early 2006 with the appearance of the mutant Magneto and the reveal of what he could do. Although the agency worked closely with Department K in Canada, would not use mutants in any fashion for its own interests after the failed Weapon X program.
The Avengers are an elite group of superhumans created when the President of the United States approved a new defense budget in 2006 to combat the growing risk of the U.S. being attacked by "supervillains". Officially that meant monarchs like Victor Von Doom, but in practice, and General Nicholas Fury, the message was clear: humanity needed its own heroes to fight the growing mutant threat, represented, above all, by Magneto and his Brotherhood.
The members are Hank Pym (Giant-Man), his wife Janet (Wasp), and Tony Stark (Iron Man). Bruce Banner was made the new science director, attempting to duplicate the super soldier serum. Finding the body of Captain America, they examined it hoping to at least gain a sample of the serum; instead, Steve Rogers was revived. They also found a strange man claiming to be the Norse thunder god.
After the first fight with Apocalypse in Washington, the Avengers now have all the field experience they needed when facing mutant opposition. Although most are not aware of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s agenda, they still pose the biggest threat to the Brotherhood and the X-Men. Covertly, there are talks of an Avenger Academy, a place where young humans with supernatural powers would be rounded to be educated and, hopefully, enlisted in the organization in the near future.
Weapon Plus Program
Weapon Plus Program's origins dated back to 1945, when a civilian adviser to the U.S. Army discovered Dr. Nathaniel Essex's hidden laboratory under a liberated concentration camp. Funded by the U.S. Government, this would create the Weapon Plus, a Program devoted to create super-soldiers based on U.S. Army's Project Rebirth, which birthed the hero Captain America, retroactively considered to be Weapon I. Each subsequent phase of the program would test on a different sort of subject until came Weapon X, which decided to weaponize mutants.