We assume as fans of the comics that they will be part of the TV series as well. For that reason, we include what and who they are described as in the comics. But keep in mind that if the show follows this storyline, the following information can contain spoilers!

Origins of the Gibborim in the comics

In 1985, the Gibborim call together six couples, who consisted of alien invaders, time-travellers, dark magicians, mad scientists, telepathic mutants and criminals. The Gibborim informed the couples that they wished to turn the world into the same peaceful utopia it had been millions of years before, but did not have the strength. The Gibborim required the six couples’ help (“a Pride”) to wipe out the entire planet, and when they achieved their goal, six of the twelve who served them the best would be able to rule the world with them, while the other six would perish with the rest of the human race. The couples agreed, and formed The Pride. For 25 years the Gibborim had given The Pride wealth and had their powers enhanced so that they could rule over the entire City of Angels. Every year, The Pride gathered at the Wilder residence, using the excuse of an “annual charity fundraiser”, while in reality, they would perform the “Rite of Blood”, a ritual sacrifice of an innocent young female victim; the spirit of the victim would then be fed to the Gibborim in the “Rite of Thunder”.

It is implied by Alex Wilder that the Gibborim are actually “children” of a far higher and even older power, their “old man”, and tried to make this power proud of them by attempting to restore Paradise to Earth. The latest edition of the Official Marvel Handbook, after confirming the Gibborim are indeed “mystical” in nature, says it is unrevealed for how long the Gibborim has ruled the Earth before the dawn of humanity (and how this could be so, due to the presence of the Elder Gods, Celestials, alien visitors, and other beings of any purpose and diversity), and also says it is unclear if there were ever more than three of them. The Gibborim’s power faded over time, and they came to dwell in a “realm of slumber,” the very same dimension they fled to after the Pride fell, until they moved underwater to mystically summon the six couples who would comprise the core foundation of their covert group. The Handbook also refrains from openly stating that the Gibborim are not dead, but rather gone to a “Limbo-like dimension,” where they met Alex Wilder’s spirit.

“Gibborim” (גיבורים) is a Hebrew word derived from the Bible – see Gibborim (biblical). In modern Hebrew it simply means heroes (plural of “gibor” – גיבור), or in the Biblical context it may mean “tyrants”

 

 


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