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?
Not gonna lie, I really want Faiza Hussain from Mi13 and Kamala Khan (Ms Marvel) to meet up at some point. If only to geek out over the fact that they’re both fans of superheroes who ended up joining the community they admired for so long.
…Though that would require someone other than Paul Cornell (Faiza’s creator) remembering that she exists. At least, other than that Gambit writer, who had the titular hero kick Faiza in the stomach so he could steal Excalibur (who judged her worthy to wield it, by the by) for some rich racist.
Dane: I’ve talked to Control. Everyone’s searching, magic and powers too. Pete seems to be getting the whole Cabinet out of bed– Faiza: Dane–there's…something I don’t want you to do– I don’t want you to go on…on a heroic quest on my behalf. I need to handle this. If we get to him before he…he changes, then– Or even if we don’t then–then I mean… I don’t want you to take it out of my hands okay? Dane: You have my word. Faiza: I need to do something. Dane…I’m full of rage. I want to find that…thing…and… Pete: Good. I’ve just had every drop of alcohol sucked out of my system by a magic spell, so I’ve literally got the hangover from hell– I’ve got the P.M., the J.I.C. chair, and the D.G.S. of Box and the S.I.S. on call-waiting at 4 a.m.– And I have no intention of bowing my head to, or even acknowledging the grief that’s engulfed us because we have urgent work to do. Say “sir.” Dane: Sir. Faiza: Sir. Pete: Nobody else’s family got hit. So you got two degrees of @#$% thrown at you. So they really want the wielder of Excalibur out of the game. So you stay in. Faiza: Sir. Pete: And that’s your codename now, “Excalibur”, because I want them to hear that. We move as a team. You won’t harm or pursue Dracula until you’re under orders to do so. And then you’ll harm him a great deal. Faiza: Thank you, sir. Pete: And listen, Faiza, Dane– We can’t find Jac. So we have to assume the worst there too. All kinds of worsts. But this is us. We’re on this. Our finest hour. It has to be. Come on. You’re with me now: council of war.
– From Captain Britain & MI-13 #11 by Paul Cornell, art by Leonard Kirk
She is sure she’s going to die, and refuses the one get-out chance she has.
And then she prays- in thanks- when she’s saved. She doesn’t beg to her God or her assailant for mercy. She says ta. Bravery and belief do sometimes go hand in hand, even when a lot of so-called religious people are cowards nowadays.