Membership: Unrevealed

Purpose: X-Men training squad

Aliases: None

Affiliations: Iceman (advisor, Robert Drake);
X-Men training squads (Advocates, Alpha Squadron, Chevaliers, Corsairs, Exemplars, Hellions, New Mutants, Paladins, Paragons)

Enemies: Presumably the Purifiers and Reverend William Stryker

Base of Operations: Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, Westchester County, New York

First Appearance: (Behind the scenes) New Mutants II#10 (May, 2004)


(New Mutants II#10 - BTS) - For his advisor meetings Iceman spoiled his students with pizza, something which bothered Santo Vaccarro who complained about it to his advisor Emma Frost. Frost was quick to note Iceman had no class and pizza was for peasants, she, however, served French pastries from the finest patisserie in New York City to her students.

(New X-Men II#2 - BTS) - Iceman presumably introduced his Excelsiors during the Institute's assembly where the new training squads were revealed to the school.

(New X-Men II#4 - BTS) - After two of the Institute's squads; the New Mutants and the Hellions competed against each other in the school's first field day Cyclops posted a letter with the points, revealing the Excelsiors would compete in future field day assignments.

(House of M I#8 - BTS) - When a reality altering spell cast by the Scarlet Witch reduced the number of gene active mutants to a mere 300 worldwide, presumably all of the Excelsiors lost their powers.

(New X-Men II#23 - BTS) - Two weeks after the global depowering that had become known as M-Day all student training squads disbanded since only twenty-five X-Students had retained their powers. Xavier Institute headmaster Emma Frost pitted all remaining students against each other in a battle royale to choose a team who would go on to train as New X-Men. Not much later Xavier Institute headmasters Cyclops and Emma Frost decided all depowered students should return home for their own safety. Before boarding the bus the students said their goodbyes and boarded the bus. A first busload of students had already left when a second, carrying another 42 former mutant teens, was blown up. The attack was carried out by the Purifiers who were acting on the orders from their leader Reverend William Stryker.

Comments: Created by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers).

Sadly none of the Excelsiors have ever appeared in the comics nor had any of it's members been seen.

The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A-Z HC#13 revealed Iceman mentored the Excelsiors in the Xavier Institute handbook entry.

The Excelsiors squad is of course a nod to the late Stan Lee, famous for saying EXCELSIOR!

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The Excelsiors should not be confused with:

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New Mutants II#10 (May, 2004) - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Carlo Barberi (pencils), Wayne Faucher, Juan Vlasco (inkers), Mike Marts (editor)
New X-Men II#4 (Ocotber, 2004) - Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir (writers), Staz Johnson (pencils), Scott Koblish (inks), Mike Marts (editor)

First Posted: 11/16/2019
Last updated: 11/16/2019

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