|As a vampire, Lucas Cross is a member of the living dead, virtually immortal and only able to be destroyed by direct sunlight, piercing of his heart, beheading, burning and scattering of his ashes, or using the magic Montesi Formula spell. Religious objects can also harm him and items made of silver. He is also bound from entering any dwelling unless invited, and he feels the need to break any mirror he encounters. Most significantly, Lucas Cross is dependant on consuming human blood every night.
|Enhanced Abilities: Lucas Cross is a vampire and has enhanced strength, endurance and agility.
|Vampire Bite: Lucas Cross’s bite inflicts damage and makes his victim subject to Lucas Cross’s telepathic commands.
|Transformation: Lucas Cross can transform into a mist-like cloud, a bat, a man-sized bat, or a wolf.
|Summoning and Controlling: Lucas Cross can summon and control lesser animals such as bats and wolves, but also thunderstorms, lesser vampires, and in some cases, humans.
|Hypnotism and Mind Control: Like all vampires, Lucas Cross has the ability to hypnotise most beings just by making eye contact with them for a few seconds. While under his influence, he can force people to do his bidding, though beings of great will power can resist him.
|Acute Senses: Lucas Cross 's senses of sight, smell, and hearing are enhanced to superhuman levels.
|Regenerative Healing Factor: Like all vampires, Lucas Cross can rapidly regenerate damaged or destroyed bodily tissues faster and more efficiently than an ordinary human.
|Weather Manipulation: Lucas Cross, like all vampires, possess the ability to greatly manipulate the weather over a limited area, such as creating immensely powerful thunderstorms.
|In the early 20th century, Latverian Lucas Cross, Leader of the Order of Tyrana, a powerful, secret, benevolent society active throughout the world, opposed King Vladimir Fortunov’s tyranny. Suffering from cancer, Lucas tried Roma “Gypsy” magic, but it couldn’t cure him. Fortunov eventually signed a warrant for Lucas and his wife, but Lucas’s friend Oleg Speziali warned them and arranged their escape. When Fortunov’s soldiers arrived early, led them away from Tara so she could escape to London, where she changed her name to Vanessa Brooks and found shelter with Order of Tyrana member Madame Vanity; the vampire Deacon Frost killed her while she gave birth to Lucas’s son Eric (Blade). In Haasenstadt prison, Lucas sought a quick death instead of dying from cancer, but he changed his mind when his vampire cellmate offered him a chance to survive prison, and Lucas was turned into a vampire.
|Years later, Lucas immigrated to the USA and through Tyranas connections, including vampire allies who had infiltrated SHIELD, sought to regain his soul, eventually learning of a vampire prophecy that required Dracula’s blood.