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|Leader(s):||Formerly Doctor Strange, Doctor Druid|
|Hulk, Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, Darkhawk, Spider-Woman (Carpenter), Wolverine, Nomad, Namorita, Sleepwalker, Punisher, Spider-Man, Captain America, Scarlet Witch, War Machine, Thunderstrike, Nova, Northstar, Sepulchre, Cadaver, Deadpool, Cage, Iron Fist, Giant Man, Iceman, Archangel,
USAgent, Deathlok, Drax, Dagger
|Formerly Doctor Druid's Sanctum; formerly Mobile|
|Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #50|
The Secret Defenders (of Earth-616) was a successor the original Defenders. They Debuted in Dr. Strange (vol. 3) #50 (February 1993). Spider-Man was a recurring member.
The Secret Defenders were very loosely organized, consisting of a leader and the various associates recruited for a mission at hand. They would disband again after each mission. Several "members" were former Defenders. Others had no previous connection to the team. Some served for a single mission while others were recurring members.
With the Defenders disbanded, Dr. Strange organized his own "Secret Defenders" project, recruiting whichever heroes he required for a given mission, with no ongoing members.
When Dr. Strange would foresee dangers, he would use tarot cards to determine who would be best suited to help him battle the coming evil.
If necessary, Strange would also teleport the team to the location they were needed. At times there seems to be a subtle pattern among those who choose to serve, such as War Machine and Thunderstrike, Ant Man and Iceman etc.
Dr. Strange later forced Doctor Druid to take over for him while he was dealing with Salome and the War of the Seven Spheres.
Much later, Druid grew tired of leading the group. Summoning the demon Slorioth, he faked his death and the team disbanded, although Cadaver, Shadowoman and Joshua Pryce agreed to help each other if needed.