Quote1.png --By the Power of Excelsior! Quote2.png
-- Hulkling src

Overview

Excelsior the Star-Sword was a magical blade forged by Dorrek Supreme through the combination of his two ancestral swords from the Kree and from the Skrull.[2]

History

Dorrek Supreme wielding Excelsior

Excelsior was a magical sword created by the first Kree/Skrull hybrid Dorrek Supreme by merging the two ancestral swords he inherited from his parents, Ryga'a, War-Queen of the Skrulls, and Soh-Larr, the Kree Ultra-Warrior.[2]

After Dorrek Supreme's death, a prophecy involving the sword was created, that whoever managed to pull out Excelsior from the stone it was embedded in, would prove himself as the reincarnation of Dorrek Supreme.[2]

Many generations later, the Knights of the Infinite tested the young hero Hulkling, the first royal Kree/Skrull hybrid to be born in thousands of years, to see if he was destined to rule them. Hulkling easily pulled off the sword, and he was deemed king of the Knights.[3]

The sword was used by Hulkling to defeat the evil wizard Moridun the Mage, and Dorrek kept it even after leaving the Knights.[2] Hulkling has continued to use the sword during missions including defeating Celestial Destructor,[4] vanishing Paibok and the New Revengers,[5] and battling Dark Elves during the War of the Realms.[6]

Powers

Excelsior has potent magical powers being an amalgam of two mystical swords of Kree and Skrull origins. As it stands all of its supposed abilities are vague but the few to name off are as follows:

  • Heredity Enchantment: The blade can only be wielded by descendants Dorrek Supreme's line, having an enchantment similar to Mjolnir.[3] Although others are able to wield only if given permission.[7]
  • Mystical Energy Absorption: Its mystic edge can absorb and negate magic like Mjolnir's powers[8] as well as cancel out power of beings like the extra-dimensional Moridun from the Fifth Cosmos,[2] and the Cotati.[1]
  • Summoning: The blade can be magically summoned by Hulkling calling out its name.[5]
    • Remote Teleportation: Teddy can will Excelsior to any given location he desires, either warping it into his own hand,[1] or loan it to a friend provided he/she or it has the go ahead to wield it.[7]
  • Selective Damage: Theodore's magiteck sword can effect chosen sections of space in order to attack whomever or whatever it is he focuses.[1]

Alternate Realities

Image Description Source
A.V.E.N.G.E.R.S. Initiative (Earth-15061) vs. Thanos (Earth-15061) from U.S.Avengers Vol 1 2 001.jpg In Earth-15061, King Hulk, alongside other heroes, used his sword to finally kill Thanos for good. U.S.Avengers #2
Excelsior from New Avengers Vol 4 6.jpg In Earth-16364, King Hulk wasn't seen using Excelsior, but after his reality was changed the sword was seen sitting inside an umbrella holder. New Avengers Vol 4 #6


Trivia

  • The name of the sword might be an allusion to a famous catchphrase of Stan Lee, "Excelsior!"
    • "Excelsior" is a Latin word translated into English as a motto meaning "Ever upward!"
  • This weapon appears to be inspired by The Sword in the Stone from Arthurian legends.
    • Additionally, "Excelsior" and "Excalibur" begin with the same letters. Excalibur is another Arthurian weapon, sometimes mistaken as being the same as The Sword in the Stone.

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