The Cabal is a fictional secret society of supervillains and antiheroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The group was formed in the “Dark Reign” storyline very shortly after the Secret Invasion event.
For every light, there is a darkness, and the Cabal suited this ideal perfectly. An antithesis to the collective group of influential heroes dubbed The Illuminati, this group was put together first by Loki, but fell apart quickly due to internal power struggles. Norman Osborn later revitalized the team, recruiting Namor, Dr. Doom, Loki, The Hood and Emma Frost, the White Queen. The collective was tasked with filling the intellectual void left by their more noble counterparts after “Secret Invasion,” and like their forebears, quietly controlled the superpowered world from the shadows.
Unfortunately, the Cabal was more mired with secret dealings within their own organization than anything else. Namor and Dr. Doom had behind-the-scenes schemes against Osborn, while Loki was busy planting seeds of doubt and distrust within their leader for his eventual fall from power. Norman himself didn’t hold any trust for his newly assembled team, as he threatened them constantly with the numerous weapons he had, including The Sentry/Void. The Cabal might not have had a long run, but they truly encapsulated what a secret society is all about: shady dealings and lots of betrayals.