Project: Wideawake

Marvel Universe

Project: Wideawake was a government program designed to study, locate and (if necessary) eliminate mutant threats to the American people. It began as the brainchild as Senator Robert Kelly and Sebastian Shaw of the Hellfire Club after an apparent attack by the X-Men on the Club. Shaw, secretly a mutant himself, used his involvement in Wideawake to fund the production of Sentinels through Shaw Industries, while also ensuring he and his fellow Inner Circle members were protected against detection by the machines. Henry Peter Gyrich often spearheaded Wideawake operations, in consultation with the likes of Forge, Raven Darkholme (before she was outted as Mystique), and Valerie Cooper of the Commission on Superhuman Activities.