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Excalibur are a government sponsored team of extraordinary individuals with special abilities. They fight for the people of the United Kingdom and their interests around the globe. Frequently counting with Captain Britain among their ranks, the team is usually formed by British heroes and former members of the X-Men. It was originally assembled with hopes to carry on Charles Xavier's dream and legacy following the apparent death of the X-Men.[4] Excalibur usually experiences interdimensional adventures and deals with magical crises normally linked to Otherworld.[5][6][7] Excalibur was reformed under Apocalypse's machinations as a mutant diplomatic organization operating in Krakoa, in the United Kingdom and in Otherworld.[8]

History

Origin

Founding members

Shadowcat and Nightcrawler were recovering under the care of Moira MacTaggert on Muir Island due to their injuries sustained during the "Mutant Massacre". Both were devastated to hear of the supposed deaths of the X-Men during the "Fall of the Mutants". Brian Braddock, brother to the X-Man Psylocke, and his girlfriend Meggan were both similarly devastated.[4]

Meanwhile, Rachel Summers had escaped from Mojoworld, and found herself back on Earth in London, England pursued by Mojo's Warwolves. She was also being hunted by the Technet, sent by Saturnyne. Kitty, Kurt, Brian, and Meggan arrived to help Rachel defeat both groups of her attackers. Initially, Technet had the advantage as they worked as a team, quickly subduing Rachel, Kitty, Meggan and Brain in different ways: Ringtoss snared Rachel via her fire rings, while Joyoby, as Kitty moved to help Rachel, granted the teenager a twisted version of her desire to be solid again,causing her to become massively fat. Meggan, trying to help Brian, ended up subdued by Waxworks, whose touch caused Meggan's body to lose its' firmness and Brian, though he defeated Thug, was then subdued by Scatterbrain when he moved to aid his girlfriend. Despite this setback, the five pulled through, defeating Phoenix's attackers and afterward decided to form a new superhero team to continue the legacy of the X-Men. Naming the team "Excalibur" after the magical sword of King Arthur, they set up their headquarters in Brian Braddock's lighthouse.[4]

The team would go on to face a rematch with the Warwolves,[9] as well as battle the Juggernaut,[10] Arcade, the Crazy Gang,[11] and their alternate reality counterparts, the Lightning Force.[12]

For a time, Excalibur travelled between parallel Earths in a locomotive powered by an other-dimensional dragon along with Alistaire Stuart in what became known as the Cross-Time Caper, before eventually returning to Earth-616.[13][7]

It was eventually revealed that Roma had arranged events so that the team would assemble in order to defeat the threat of Necrom, who coveted the Phoenix Force within Rachel Summers. With the help of the rest of the team, Rachel defeated Necrom. Around this time the team were joined by new recruits Kylun, Cerise, and Feron.[14]

The team later travelled to Summers' own Earth, Earth-811, to end the mutant-hating rule of the Sentinels and Ahab.[6]

Excalibur's ranks would grow to include Colossus, Micromax, Pete Wisdom, and Wolfsbane. The team disbanded following the marriage of Captain Britain and Meggan[15] although they reformed briefly to aid Captain Britain in becoming the monarch of Otherworld.[16]

New Excalibur

Although the original team disbanded years ago, a new Excalibur team emerged from the "House of M" that enveloped the Earth due to the Scarlet Witch's reality altering powers. Captain Britain again lead the team which included Pete Wisdom, reformed X-Villain Juggernaut, alternate universe daughter of Scarlet Witch and Nightcrawler and former Exile Nocturne, former X-Man and disco star Dazzler, and former X-Man Sage who spied on the Hellfire Club for Charles Xavier as Tessa.[7]

Paraphernalia

Equipment

Sage used the most equipment such as highly advanced computers for gathering data and surveillance.

Weapons

Sage and Wisdom use handguns

Transportation

Excalibur travelled around in a highly advanced jet. For a time, they travelled in a train equipped for travel between different parallel Earths.

Notes

  • There was also a short series involving Professor X and a number of others on Genosha by the same name.
  • Their lake house is property of Captain Britain's sister, Psylocke.
  • Part of the lake house is a training area where the team practice their combat skills.

Trivia

See Also

Links and References

References

  1. New Excalibur #13
  2. Astonishing X-Men Vol 3 #23
  3. Excalibur #108
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Excalibur Special Edition #1
  5. Excalibur #1-25
  6. 6.0 6.1 Excalibur #42-67 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "67-67" defined multiple times with different content
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 New Excalibur Vol 1-24 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "24-24" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "24-24" defined multiple times with different content
  8. Excalibur Vol 4 #4
  9. Excalibur #1-2
  10. Excalibur #3
  11. Excalibur #4-5
  12. Excalibur #9-11
  13. Excalibur #12-24
  14. Excalibur #47-49
  15. Excalibur #125
  16. Excalibur Vol 2 #1-4
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