captain britain & mi13

Captain Britain and MI-13 #10 (2009)

Doctor Doom calls Dracula out for being a racist piece of shit, which absolutely makes sense considering he refused to work with the Red Skull during Acts of Vengeance for much the same reasons Magneto did; Doom is of Romani descent, Magneto is Jewish, and the Red Skull is a Nazi. Historically, those first two groups do not get along with Nazis.

Dracula’s links to Britain (and Nazis) in the Marvel Universe can be traced back to Invaders #9 (October 1976) in which it was revealed that Baron Blood- a Nazi agent and longtime enemy of Union Jack- was actually John Falsworth, the brother of the first Union Jack, Lord James Montgomery Falsworth. After James had inherited his father’s title and estate after the end of the First World War, John left the country in a huff and eventually wound up in Romania, where he sought out Dracula’s tomb in a bid to find and control Dracula as a means for achieving immense wealth and power- as you do. 

However, Dracula being the tricky blighter that he is, managed to turn his hypnotic powers on Johnny Boy and turn him into a vampire, tasking him with destroying the country that had repelled him earlier (as detailed in Bram Stoker’s most famous book). Still salty about his brother’s inheritance, John was all too happy to oblige, and offered his services to German intelligence when World War Two broke out. After being given the codename Baron Blood, he put on a rather daft-looking costume and went on to make quite a nuisance of himself, crippling Lord Falsworth after a pitched battle at their ancestral home and half-successfully turning his daughter Jacqueline into a vampire, though a blood transfusion from the Human Torch saved her life and, handily, granted her super-powers. 

Dracula’s last attempted invasion of Britain failed chiefly because the UK still has a magical spell that requires a vampire to be invited into its borders, meaning that the bulk of Dracula’s arm was destroyed as soon as they tried to enter the country. However, creator Paul Cornell admitted in an interview that he was originally going to have Dracula talking to David Cameron, the then-current head of the Conservative Party. While he apparently actually intended to use Cameron respectfully, Marvel balked at the idea (as they so often do with this sort of thing), which led to Doom being used instead. 

It’s still a very cool scene, thanks in no small part to Cornell’s writing, but you kind of have to wonder how the original concept would’ve turned out.

Marvellous Women of Color // Dr Faiza Hussain (Excalibur)

I did that?! I’ve got the power to do that?! That.. machine–! Did that to me?! So I’ve got superpowers now?! Only it’s not very okay, no, being grateful. Powers: good. But what am I, take bodies-apart-woman? ‘cos I was that already. Oh, d'you think that’s why-? I’m babbling aren’t I?

RUMOR: MARVEL DEVELOPING ‘CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI13′ TV SHOW! CLOSE TO AN OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

Marvel are reportedly close to making an announcement that they are to release a TV show based on Captain Britain and the MI13. Captain Britain is an Avenger with the powers of super-strength and flight. He also works for MI13, a British secret service organisation and has strong connections to magic and Doctor Strange. This show will basically be Superman meets James Bond meets Harry Potter and I’ll be damned if that doesn’t sound awesome.

UPCOMING MARVEL TV SHOWS!

Just a reminder that there are at least 7 Marvel Cinematic Universe and 2 X-men universe TV shows currently in different stages of development!

NETFLIX

1. LUKE CAGE

2. IRON FIST

3. THE DEFENDERS

4. THE PUNISHER (Rumor)

(Plus Jessica Jones green-lit for season 2!)

ABC 

5. MARVEL’S MOST WANTED

6. MARVEL’S DAMAGE CONTROL

7. UNNAMED JOHN RIDLEY PROJECT

8. UNNAMED ABC COMEDY SERIES

9. CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND THE MI13 (rumor)

(Agents of Shield and Agent Carter also green-lit for new seasons!)

FOX

10. LEGION

11. THE HELLFIRE CLUB