Published July 13, 2020

What Is Rogue Dreaming About in ‘Excalibur’ #5?

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New on Marvel Unlimited! EXCALIBUR (2019) #5 is available to read right now, a prophetic chapter for Captain Britain: Elizabeth Braddock and her interdimensional crew of Gambit, Rogue, Rictor, Jubilee, and, yes, Apocalypse. Chaotically assembled as the new defenders of Otherworld, a fae realm parallel to Earth-616, this team has struggled to make sense of their place in Morgan le Fay’s ancient battle for Otherworld’s throne… and to get along with each other.


As we’re drawing toward the conclusion of the first arc,  it’s a great time to catch up on issues #1-5. Any fans of the original EXCALIBUR (1988) will enjoy parallels in this current volume, from its world-hopping weirdness to the ragtag mutant cast.

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To recap: one of the most pressing concerns since issue #1 has been the fate of Rogue. More specifically, what the heck happened to her after she was encased in a glowing energy coffin shrouded in Krakoan flowers, a side effect of attempting to cross a Gateway into Otherworld.


While still unresponsive and (seemingly) comatose, we get to see the truth of what’s actually happening in Rogue’s consciousness. And, as series creators Tini Howard and Marcus To imply, Rogue’s current state suggests that the reign of mutantkind is encroaching closer to the world of magic.

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We break down Rogue’s dream quest here, a journey that foretells events to come in Otherworld’s future (or final) days. Here’s what Rogue saw:


Spirit Guide

And she’s so well-behaved! The X-Woman is escorted through her subconscious by a devoted fire hound. And while she may be wearing a different face here, you’ll recognize this furry friend from another, more human form.



Important to mention that Apocalypse is now going by the untranslatable Krakoan glyph of “-|A|-,” a recent name change that came with his shift in loyalties. Since it was -|A|- who first discovered Otherworld’s Gateway, the portal responsible for Rogue’s floral statis, it makes sense that he’s the most antagonizing force in her dream. -|A|-  predominates this vision, and insists that he will be the one wake her up too.


Excalibur Sword

In issue #1, Captain Britain swapped her psychic knives, a weapon of choice up until that point, for an all-new psychic sword. Rogue sees the physical version of this sword in her dream, held over by a stone -|A|- soldier.  After plunging the enchanted blade into her core, Rogue follows the glow of Excalibur toward the center of the dream, a landscape mirrored in the pages of -|A|-’s  Grimoire.



Doubling down on the royal symbolism, Rogue encounters a throne at the center of this monolithic circle. And it’s empty, the perfect place to sit. Until the sky changes, and the throne begins to emit a rumbling orange light…

Read EXCALIBUR (2019) #5 for Rogue’s full quest!

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