This is Dr Faiza Hussain, MD, rightful wielder of Excalibur (yes, that Excalibur), Captain Britain of at least one alternate timeline, possessor of “living scalpel” superpowers, and quite possibly my favourite Marvel character ever.
And she’s only been in 30 comics ever. Why does this keep happening to me.
Fictional AOS spin-off idea: “Captain Britain and the Agents of MI-13″
Basically, the show is both a Captain Britain series as well as focusing on the UK’s SHIELD equivalent. You can say it’s a British AOS.
For my fancast:
1) David Morrissey OR Kevin McKidd as Brian Braddock / Captain Britain, the main protagonist of the series.
2) Sophie Wu as Betsy Braddock, Brian’s younger half-sister and the deuteragonist of the series. For legal reasons, she does not turn into Psylocke in the show (Psylocke is still owned by Fox).
NOTE: Brian and Betsy share the same dad but have different moms, Betsy’s mom obviously being Asian.
3) Natalie Dormer as Meggan Puceanu, an Inhuman who joins the MI-13 and the tritagonist of the series. She is Brian’s main love interest.
4) David Oyelowo as Joseph Chapman / Union Jack, a SAS veteran-turned-MI 13 agent and Brian’s main rival. He is the anti-hero of the show, contrasting Brian’s straight-laced hero.
NOTE: So the Daryl Dixon to Brian’s Rick Grimes
NOTE 2: Yes, I know I racebent the original character. Needed more POC in the main cast, okay.
5) Richard Madden as Dane Whitman / Black Knight, A rookie MI-13 agent who is later revealed to be the latest in a long line of people destined to become the Black Knight. So…the “Skye” of MI-13, and the Black Knight identity is Daisy Johnson / Quake.
6) Gwendoline Christie as Kelsey Leigh / Lionheart, the main antagonist of season one. She is a former MI-13 agent and the former holder of the Captain Britain title. She has since gone rogue and the reason why she despises Brian and the rest of MI-13 will be revealed at the end of season one.
7) Andrew Scott as Rory Simmons, Jemma’s brother who works as a Roxxon executive and ambassador for MI-13. Unlike his sister, he’s very vain, arrogant, and embraces the lifestyle of the 1%. But he changes over time, becoming more humble and compassionate.
8) Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Chloe Fitz, Alistair’s daughter from his mistress and Leo Fitz’s half-sister. She ran away from home when she was 10 and grew up to be a MI-13 agent. Among the agents, she forms a close friendship to Rory Simmons.
NOTE: Yes, the joke is that MI-13 has their own “Fitz and Simmons”.
1) Kamar-Taj: Fitz and Simmons take a break from SHIELD and head to Scotland to reconnect with Fitz’s mom. While there, Fitz reconnects with his childhood best friend, who has since become an adventurer explorer with a double PhD in anthropology and archaeology. She recruits Fitz and Simmons to her team to find the lost city of Kamar-Taj.
While this is happening, monks ordered by Wong and Doctor Strange head to SHIELD to reclaim the Darkhold (it’s revealed the Darkhold was once part of Wong’s library).
(The reason why I mentioned Fitz’s friend having two PhDs is she’s supposed to be a “missing link” type character. Like, she has the same mannerisms, she’s able to finish their sentences and is a bit of a nerd herself, although I pictured her as being an adrenaline junkie to contrast Fitz and Simmons)
2) 2099: When a mission goes wrong, Coulson and May are accidentally transported to the year 2099. Stuck in the future, they must find a way back to their own time while also learning about what happened to their team. Helping them are two SHIELD agents, who are later revealed to be Fitz and Simmons’ granddaughter and Mack and Yoyo’s grandson.
The big twist is that Daisy is still alive but is super old. So we get a role reversal; Daisy is now the “parent” to Coulson and May.
In the present day, the team searches for a way to get Phil and Melinda back. Unbeknownst to them, a criminal from 2099 has crossed over and is determined to stay in the past.
3) Captain Britain and MI-13: With Jeffrey Mace dead, Daisy becomes the new Director of SHIELD, with Mack as her second-in-command. In her first day as director, Daisy is contacted by SHIELD’s United Kingdom counterpart, MI-13, about a situation brewing in Europe.
While this is happening, Coulson is contacted by one of his former flames, Lola, who he learns has a connection to MI-13 and the problems in Europe.
Similar to Robbie Reyes/Ghost Rider, this part of the season also acts as an origin story to Brian Braddock/Captain Britain
When Marvel first mentioned the new female Thor, I had a feeling that I had seen that storyline before, meaning that a powerful mystical item that only “he who is worthy” can wield was given to a woman.
Meet Dr. Faiza Hussain, a Muslim woman of Pakistani descent who practices medicine in London, England. Introduced all the way back in 2008, she first appeared in the Marvel comic Captain Britain & MI-13 #1, during the company wide Secret Invasion crossover. She was created by writer Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk, as well as Mona Bayoumi, Safiya Sayed Baharun, Farida Patel, and Sohere Roked. The latter four aren’t comic book writers, but rather important members of the British Islamic community that Cornell consulted with and he credits them heavily with her creation.
Faiza herself is an intelligent, upbeat young woman, whose parents also live in London (her father is also a doctor). She also happens to be a huge fan of all of Marvel’s superheroes, especially the British ones.
A muslim woman, of Pakistani heritage, who is a superhero fangirl, and becomes a superhero in the Marvel Universe herself…
During the Secret Invasion event, an army of Skrulls invade the UK, in hopes of gaining some Earth’s most powerful magic to take for themselves. During the battle, Faiza is hit with a rogue Skrull weapon and given superpowers as a result. Her powers are described as such:
She can safely open up a body, see what’s wrong with it, and sort it out on a subatomic level. This has the incidental effect of halting shape-changers like Skrulls in their tracks (and anyone else who knows what’s good for them)
In short, that means she can do this:
That’s the Black Knight (a former Avenger and a descendant of a Crusader) that she’s taking apart at the molecular level. Thankfully, she can put him back together again.
To stop the Skrulls, several other British heroes (the MI-13 part) enter Avalon and try to get the best weapon they can find to fight the Skrulls, the mystical sword of Excalibur. Only…
None of them are worthy!
-For the record, that’s John the Skrull (a Skrull who has been living on earth as a John Lennon imposter since 1962), Pete Wisdom (Mutant, British super-spy, and kind of an asshole) and Spitfire (Vampire with enhanced superspeed).
With the Skrulls on the cusp of victory and all hope seeming lost, who else would come and grab Excalibur in the nick of time other than…
…A white guy.
That guy is Captain Britain, who is nothing like Captain America in the slightest. Explaining all the differences would be a whole ‘nother mile long post in and of itself.
So Captain Britain, with the help of Faiza and the Black Knight, fight off the Skrulls while team MI-13 make a deal with some evil spirits on Avalon. In exchange for freeing them, Pete Wisdom is given one wish, and he wishes for the Skrulls to be gone. Just like that, all the Skrulls in and around the UK were killed, but not everywhere else in the world because the magic used didn’t extend that far.
With the fight over, Captain Britain returns Excalibur to the stone.
After that Captain Britain and MI-13 all head off into the sunset, leaving Faiza behind. She’s not sure if she belong with them, since she’s new to the whole superhero thing, and when trying to decide if she should call after them or not, Merlin gives her a small piece of advice.
And with that, Faiza becomes the first woman in the Marvel Universe worthy of the sword Excalibur. She also joins MI-13, as does Blade (yes, Blade ended up on the same team with a vampire; their first meeting went much like what you’d expect).
And I’ll stop here for now, but next post will be how Faiza’s parents react to her having superpowers, joining MI-13, hanging out with a crusader, and being worthy of Excalibur.