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Marvel Universe

Base of Operations
Hellcarrier (main base); several classified locations; formerly Latveria

First Appearance
Fall of the Hulks: Alpha #1 (2010)

Many years ago, the Leader had a vision of assembling the world's most intelligent criminals for the sole purpose of plundering the greatest intellectual treasure of all time – The Library of Alexandria. The Library contained writings from some of the most renowned minds of all time, including arcane studies such as alchemy and transmutation. The Leader wanted to rescue this knowledge from those who didn't truly deserve to possess it.

The first genius he approached was the Wizard, both for his experience in working with a team – the Wizard had created and led the Frightful Four – and for his ingenious creations utilizing anti-gravity technology. The next on his list was a former member of the Masters of Evil, the notorious Egghead. However useful Egghead's brilliance was, the Leader had to explain the Intelligencia was not a combative team, since Egghead mainly suggested they kill the object of his obsession – Henry Pym. The Mad Thinker was the third member to join followed by the Red Ghost. Of course the Thinker had his Awesome Android for protection just as the Ghost had his Super-Apes, and both were long-time enemies of the fabled Fantastic Four, proving they could hold their own.

Using technology that required all of them to operate, the Intelligencia's first and greatest accomplishment was sneaking inside the home of the Eternals and stealing their portion of the Library of Alexandria right from under their noses. In addition to great knowledge, the group couldn't pass up stealing munitions and other random artifacts. The Intelligencia needed a stronghold to house the Library, and the place they chose was Latveria, home of their last member, Doctor Doom. When the group wasn't working together, they each pursued separate ventures – mostly ending with them incarcerated – but those who remained free would liberate the others and sometimes unaffiliated villains just to avoid anyone making a connection between them. Unfortunately, Egghead became a tad overzealous in his quest to kill Pym, and he took on the Avengers solo which resulted in his death.

Thinking the Intelligencia finished, the surviving members squabbled over what to do since the Library of Alexandria was not completed. The Leader was prepared for such a setback and he enlisted the murderous M.O.D.O.K. to join them. With their ranks restored, the nations of Wakanda and Atlantis, homes of the Black Panther and Namor, the Sub-Mariner respectively, were subject to the same fate as Olympia. Finally piecing together the full remaining works of the Library, the Intelligencia were betrayed by Doom and were expelled from his country. The Leader abandoned his group as they were locked in combat with Doom's army, knowing the despot could not be defeated on his own territory, and he hid away in seclusion.

Time passed, and even though the Leader thought the Intelligencia was finished, M.O.D.O.K. continued to carry out what was started and found the Leader before Hulk waged war with Earth. M.O.D.O.K. explained his plan to exact revenge on all those who ever wronged them, including Doom, and the key to their success was the Hulk. The Leader insisted they would not be able to control the brute, but that is when M.O.D.O.K. told him of his plan to create a Hulk they can bargain with – a Red Hulk. Besides gathering most of their old allies back into the fold, the Intelligencia expanded their roster by adding General Ross, a now schizophrenic Samson, a Red She-Hulk, and even the daughter of the Hulk, Lyra.

In a devastating turn of events, General Ross confronted the Red Hulk in the Redeemer armor, fully intending to kill the beast, but Red Hulk ended the general's life instead. This blow to the Intelligencia was almost crippling since Ross was vital to their plans, but M.O.D.O.K. was undeterred from achieving their ultimate goal. Since then, the Intelligencia has used the Frightful Four to kidnap Reed Richards, the Cosmic Hulk to seize Doctor Doom, the Red She-Hulk to attack the Avengers and escape with Henry Pym, and the Red Ghost, along with his super-apes, managed to abduct Beast and T'Challa despite interference from the X-Men and Red Hulk.

Bruce Banner discovered the Intelligencia had his wife, Betty, and assumed she was their captive. He sent Amadeus Cho, A-Bomb and Korg of the Warbound to liberate her while he and his group attacked the Hellcarrier. As he and Skaar, with the help of Lyra - secretly working with Banner all along - made their way to the chamber where the smartest minds of the world lay incapacitated, Wolverine, Namor and Spider-Man took on the opposition.

Meantime, Red Hulk infiltrated a separate part of the ship while members of the Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men waited to back him up. Red Hulk, privy to their plans, was shocked to find the body of She-Hulk, thought to be held in stasis, missing as he was assaulted by the Thinker's new Gammadroid. The android did a number on Red Hulk, but was torn apart by his superior strength just before M.O.D.O.K. unleashed a devastating mind blast on him. Injured and weakened, Red Hulk was no match for Cosmic Hulk and was imprisoned. It was at that time, his backup plan was set in motion - Deadpool!

Banner got dealt a serious blow as well when he found out Betty wanted nothing to do with him, but the worst was yet to come. Red She-Hulk was let loose on Banner's group just as Samson confronted Red Hulk, and even though Banner had numbers on his side and Deadpool leaped to action, it was too late. The Intelligencia activated their master stroke creating an army of Hulks - including the heroes previously working against them. Red Hulk was too damaged to stand against their superior power, and Banner had been outsmarted. The Intelligencia had won!

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