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Dr. Faiza Hussain was a physician and agent of MI13 known as Excalibur, wielder of the legendary sword of the same name.


Quote1 Faiza, this is your chance to be a super hero, you prat! Gon on! You should take them the sword! Guys?! You might need--! Excalibur. Quote2
-- Dr. Faiza Hussain src
 

Origins

Dr. Faiza Hussain was working triage in London during the Skrull Invasion, doing her best to keep people alive in the middle of the conflict. Her base of operations was attacked by a Skrull war machine, but Dane Whitman, the Black Knight, intervened, killing the war machine's pilot, and sending the machine itself crashing to the ground.

Dane scouted the area to see if there were any survivors, and then brought Faiza along to check them out. While they were checking on survivors near the downed war machine, one of its devices came to life, blasting Faiza and knocking her out cold.[3]

Faiza Hussain (Earth-616) Captain Britain and MI-13 Annual Vol 1 1

Faiza playing cricket

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

Faiza drawing Excalibur from the stone

While Faiza was unconscious, she dreamed of King Arthur's fabled sword, Excalibur. When Dane returned to check on her, having gotten the survivors to safety, Faiza came around. Panicked at the figure looming over her, she accidentally triggered her powers for the first time, turning Dane into a living cross-section. Faiza quickly pulled herself together, and figured out how to revoke her power, returning Dane to normal.[4]

Moments later, Faiza and Dane were attacked by further Skrull troops. Dane killed a number of Skrulls, but Faiza ended the battle using another new power, the ability to immobilize other people, to paralyze the rest.[4] After Captain Britain resurrected and defeated the Skrulls using Excalibur, Faiza took the sword from the stone where Captain Britain left it after his victory and became the new master of Excalibur,[5] and joined MI13 as Black Knight's steward.[6]

Agent of MI-13

As a member of MI13, Faiza was deployed with her team to combat various supernatural threats including Plokta.[7] As his steward, Faiza accompanied the Black Knight to Wakanda to retrieve the original Ebony Blade.[8] When Dracula attacked the United Kingdom, he personally attacked Faiza's family, injuring her mother while kidnapping her father and sending forces to attack the members of MI13.[9] Taking on the codename Excalibur, Faiza accompanied her team to fight Dracula.[10] Excalibur was able to confront Dracula and slew him with her sword.[11]

Along with her teammates, Excalibur was invited to Washington, D.C. by Captain Steve Rogers to represent the United Kingdom as they ushered in the new Heroic Age.[12] Excalibur was also part of the honoguard the a delegation from Aqiria visited the United Kingdom.[13]

Excalibur was invited by Queen Elizabeth II to knight individuals at Buckingham Palace. Unfortunately, Gambit posed as Sir Antony Ellis to steal the Excalibur sword from her to give to Mr. Cich. Fortunately, Pete Wisdom was waiting for Gambit outside of the Palace, and quickly apprehended him.[14]

When Gambit was forced into a trap at Pace Federal Penitentiary by Mr. Cich, Excalibur, MI13, and Avengers Unity Division arrived to save him. When Gambit was shot in the head during the battle, Excalibur was able to heal him and save his life.[15]

When Cable's X-Force was attacking allied forces in Afghanistan, MI13 send in Pete Wisdom, Gloriana, and Excalibur as reinforcements.[16] Excalibur went toe-to-toe with Marrow until she was hit with one of Doctor Nemesis' tranquilizer darts.[17]

While on a joint MI13/S.H.I.E.L.D. mission in Madripoor, Excalibur saved Wolverine's life, having been severely poisoned without his healing factor.[18]

Faiza Hussain (Earth-616) with Excalibur (Sword) from U.S.Avengers Vol 1 7 001

Excalibur cleansing a Hydra agent

During Hydra's take-over of the United States, their cells in France also mobilized. Faiza joined the Champions of Europe and freed Paris from the Hydra invasion force.[7]

Along with Night Nurse, Cardiac, and Manikin, Excalibur was recruited to a medical superhero team by Valkyrie and Doctor Strange with the purpose of saving Death.[18]

Powers

Faiza Hussain (Earth-616) and Dane Whitman (Earth-616) from Captain Britain and MI-13 Vol 1 4 002

Faiza creating a living cross-section of Black Knight

After being hit with an alien weapon during the Skrull invasion of Earth, Dr. Faiza Hussain awoke with strange new powers,[19] including:

  • Psionic Bio-Deconstruction: Faiza has the power to disassemble anything, including people, into their component parts, manipulate them on an atomic level, and reassemble them. While taking people apart, she can take their limbs, organs, and bones apart, then reassemble them, putting them back together, and then restore it to its original condition. This is possible due to the fact that she innately knows the composition of anything she affects with her powers. Faiza is also capable of focusing on certain areas in particular. Those affected by Faiza's power remain conscious and able to talk throughout. She can affect multiple targets simultaneously, but the more objects she attempts to manipulate, the greater the concentration is required from her. When using her powers on living beings, the target is rendered immobile until she allows them to move.[4] Faiza finds it easier to affect shape-shifters, such as Skrulls, but more difficult to affect magic-based beings.[4][20][16][2]
    • Paralysis: Faiza can also immobilize multiple people at once, without disassembling them. The effect lasts until Faiza wills otherwise.[4]
    • Healing: Faiza has the ability to heal the wounds of others.[5][6][15]

Abilities

  • Medical Training: Faiza was a skilled medical doctor.[3][2]
  • Fandom: Faiza was a massive fan of the British superhero community, and knows a considerable amount regarding it.[3] She was also a fan of other non-British superheroes.[8][12]
    • Cricket: Faiza enjoys cricket and calls it her "other fandom".[21]
  • Magic Detection: Armed with Excalibur, Faiza can sense magic near her.[22]
  • Martial Arts: As an agent of MI13, Excalibur has received hand-to-hand combat training including kung fu.[6][2]



Weapons

  • Faiza was given the alias "Excalibur" by Pete Wisdom.[1]
    • However, she has expressed reluctance to calling herself "Excalibur," once clarifying that it's other people who call her that, and comparing calling herself after her weapon to calling Thor after his hammer Mjolnir.[23]
  • Excalibur's identity is kept secret by various magical spells and technology.[6]
  • Faiza was a fangirl of British Superheroes before becoming one herself.[3]
  • When Faiza actively uses her power, a blue glow appears around her hand. This blue glow also appears around anyone currently affected by the power.[20]
  • Faiza had romantic feelings for Dane Whitman, the Black Knight.[1] The pair even dated for a time.[11][24][2]

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Captain Britain and MI-13 #11
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Captain Britain and MI-13 #1
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Captain Britain and MI-13 #2
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Captain Britain and MI-13 #4
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Captain Britain and MI-13 #5
  7. 7.0 7.1 Captain Britain and MI-13 #6-9
  8. 8.0 8.1 Captain Britain and MI-13 #10
  9. Captain Britain and MI-13 #10-11
  10. Captain Britain and MI-13 #12-14
  11. 11.0 11.1 Captain Britain and MI-13 #15
  12. 12.0 12.1 Age of Heroes #1
  13. X-Men: Legacy Vol 2 #13
  14. Gambit Vol 5 #6
  15. 15.0 15.1 Gambit Vol 5 #17
  16. 16.0 16.1 X-Force Vol 4 #8
  17. X-Force Vol 4 #9
  18. 18.0 18.1 Wolverine Vol 6 #6-7
  19. Captain Britain and MI-13 #1-2
  20. 20.0 20.1 Captain Britain and MI-13 #6
  21. Captain Britain and MI-13 Annual #1
  22. Captain Britain and MI-13 #7-8
  23. Valkyrie: Jane Foster #6
  24. Heroic Age: Heroes #1
  25. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #1
  26. Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z Update #1



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