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Quote1 This is no ordinary weapon, lackey, it is -- Excalibur! Merlin-made, and forged through magic making whoever wields it -- Invincible. Quote2
-- Doctor Doom src

Overview

Excalibur was the fabled sword of the legendary King Arthur.

History

Excalibur (Sword) and Ebony Blade from Black Knight (MDCU) Vol 1 1 001

The forging of Excalibur and the Ebony Blade

According to some legends, Excalibur was forged by witches on Avalon employing magicks and spells that predate humanity. To make Excalibur purer, the blacksmiths drew all the evil from it and imprisoned it within a second sword, the Chaos the Doombringer.[3]

According to Merlin Demonspawn, Excalibur came into the possession of Grendel's Mother, who stored it in her lair alongside other treasures; and during his battle with her, Beowulf took up the sword and used it to vanquish her.[6][4]

Excalibur (Sword) from Iron Man Vol 3 61 001

The Sword in the Stone

With the coronation of a new king fast approaching, Sir Brann was sent to Weyland's smithy to fetch a sword for the ceremony. While returning, Sir Brann encountered and attacked a time-traveling Iron Man. After subduing Brann, Iron Man took the sword and his horse, but both Iron Man and Sir Brann were later captured by the forces of Aislinn. The pair was able to escape and Brann even used the sword to slay a Dragon sent by Aislinn. During their final battle with Aislinn and her forces, the sword was lodged into a large stone and could not be removed. When Sir Brann informed the new king, the king decided to leave the sword where it was.[7]

Armed with mighty Excalibur, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table bought many battles defending Camelot.[8][9][10][11]

Percival of Scandia (Earth-616) with Ebony Blade and Excalibur (Sword) from New Excalibur Vol 1 10 001

Sir Percy, the Black Knight, wielding both Excalibur and the Ebony Blade

After the death of King Arthur, Sir Percy, the first Black Knight, took up Excalibur and wielded it along with the Ebony Blade. After wielding Excalibur for some time, Sir Percy summoned by the Lady of the Lake. She sent Sir Percy into the future to inhabit the body of his descendant Dane Whitman and bring back the Excalibur team to save Camelot from the Makluans. Though her magic, the Lady of the Lake brought Excalibur and Sir Percy to before Arthur's death and the fall of Camelot.[10]

Just before King Arthur's actual death, he intended to return Excalibur to the Lady of the Lake; however, Sidestep sent a time-displaced and mentally manipulated Jean Grey (under the guise of Marvel le Fey) to take the sword for her own. It was only thanks to the intervention of a similarly time-displaced Shadowcat that Jean was thwarted and the sword returned to Lady of the Lake.[12]

Excalibur was wielded in recent years by the Black Knight against the forces of Necromon before returned to the resurrected Arthur.[13]

Victor von Doom (Earth-616) with Excalibur (Sword) from Iron Man Legacy of Doom Vol 1 2 001

Excalibur in the hands of Doctor Doom

After traveling to the past with Iron Man, Doctor Doom lost a battle against King Arthur and Iron Man. Doctor Doom became obsessed with finding Morgan Le Fay and was eventually able to summon and imprison her. Doom demanded that le Fay cast a spell to fuse her shard of Excalibur with Doctor Doom's Armor. This spell allowed Doom to summon Excalibur and wield it.[5] Doom also sought the sword's scabbard to amplify its power. However, Iron Man recovered the scabbard first, and together Doom and Iron Man had to fight off the monster guarding the scabbard.[14] After the battle, Merlin took both the sword and the scabbard and returned them to the Lady of the Lake.[14]

Faiza Hussain (Earth-616) with Excalibur (Sword) from Captain Britain and MI-13 Vol 1 4 001

Excalibur drawn by Dr. Faiza Hussain

After using Excalibur to push back the Skrull invasion of Earth, Captain Britain returned it to the stone to wait for someone who would not use it to take a life. The sword and Merlin then called out to Dr. Faiza Hussain who was able to draw the sword from the stone. Faiza then joined MI-13 and took the codename Excalibur in honor of the legendary sword she wielded.[2]


Powers

  • Potency: The sword has the ability to kill anyone including gods, immortals, and spirits.[citation needed]
  • Healing: The sword has the ability to heal auras.[citation needed]
  • Durability: The sword was virtually indestructible.[4]
  • Invincibility: When armed with the sword, the user becomes undefeatable.[15]
    • Invulnerability: Excalibur's Scabbard offers invulnerable to its holder, making them incapable of being wounded or of receiving injury.[16][4]


Notes

Trivia

  • Excalibur means "Freed from the Stone" or "Freed from the Grail".[2]

See Also

Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Iron Man #250
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Captain Britain and MI-13 #4
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Black Knight (MDCU) #1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic #1
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Iron Man: Legacy of Doom #2
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Captain Marvel Vol 4 #21
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Iron Man Vol 3 #59-61
  8. Black Knight #1-5
  9. Iron Man #150
  10. 10.0 10.1 New Excalibur #10-12
  11. Thunderbolts #169-170
  12. 12.0 12.1 Excalibur XX Crossing #1
  13. Hulk Comic (UK) #42-63
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Iron Man: Legacy of Doom #4
  15. 15.0 15.1 Iron Man: Legacy of Doom #2-3
  16. Iron Man: Legacy of Doom #3
  17. New Excalibur #10
  18. 18.0 18.1 Iron Man: Legacy of Doom #2-4
  19. Black Knight #1
  20. Ares #3
  21. 21.0 21.1 Avengers Vol 3 #80
  22. Captain Britain #1
  23. Marvel Team-Up #65
  24. Excalibur Vol 2 #2
  25. Excalibur Vol 4 #6
  26. Captain Britain and MI-13 #2
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