During the Dark Reign storyline, there was the Cabal, the villainous counterpart to the Illuminati, headed by Norman Osborn. Sadly, they were something of a personal disappointment and the participation of some members felt rather contrived. I'd like to see a proper Cabal filled with Marvel's premier villains, played by some of our fine Elliquiy users!
Each member wielding vast influence and power, there are many challenges they could face: opposition by other powerful villains seeing them as a threat (or the other way around, the Cabal deciding to do away with an irksome thorn in their side once and for all), heroes interfering with their machinations, disasters of various sorts that they must lend their assistance with or face loss of their own powerbase, inter-group conflict, bids for power and much more.
While I of course don't want to dictate who all the player characters are, it is mandatory that their participation in the Cabal actually makes sense and that they are not someone considered a flunky or too unimportant/loathsome/volatile to associate with like, say, the Red Skull or Apocalypse.
My own interest is in the figure that is the namesake for my username: Dr. Doom. Between his manifold skills, power and influence, he stands as a natural choice for a leader of this Cabal, though between such diverse personalities the position of 'leader' is a nebulous one at best either way.
A proposed roster from my end would be this, along with some explanations:Doctor Doom
, leader. Science and magic, but he'll primarily leave those to the others to handle. Namor
, because he's Doom's bro. Well, also sea king, leader and powerhouse in general. Also technically a mutant, though I'm personally not that big a fan of how much they've made a thing of that recently rather than letting him stand on his own.Loki
, an easy choice and since we're Cabaling it up, he could look like Sif cosplaying as Loki again if desired.
The FABULOUS Kieron Gillen-incarnation of Mister Sinister
as the mutant expert and science support. Perhaps with Sinister Prime having re-introduced his old (vast and varied) powerset into himself, so he can also provide telepathic support together with Loki.Baron Zemo
, the 'hero'-conqueror mirror and as an underdog trying to usurp control. Also well-versed with science and has minor knowledge in occultism.Justine Hammer
, liaison to the US, yet more technology and legitimate corporate business (suck it, Roxxon!). Also more the underdog, but definitely has more of a place there than the likes of the Hood.
Even without Doom factored in, they'd have a huge selection of resources and manpower/flunkies available:
Hammer Industries Iron Man villain-tech
Sinister's mutant experiments, Marauder clones and Homo Sinister
Zemo's Masters of Evil and plentiful connections
Loki usually has some minions to call upon, from lesser Asgardian villains to the usual suspects from the other realms.
Namor has Atlanteans, but those will likely be kept in reserve so as to preserve their political status.
A standard support unit might be a custom mutant clone-type, enhanced with Hammer tech and maybe some control units secretly installed by Doom.
The main pillars could be Doom/Namor/Loki, Sinister the wild card and Zemo/Justine largely considered support, though Zemo's tactical brilliance and leadership ability could have him quickly take charge if Doom is absent.
Other potential choices that come to mind: Baron Mordo, the Enchantress (potentially with Loki-manipulation involved), the Black Queen (Selene), Count Nefaria, ...