Marvel’s Black Panther (aka T’Challa) and X-Men’s Storm (aka Ororo Munroe) have been married since 2006. They wed in Black Panther #18 and have remained the only black married couple in the Marvel Universe. Until now. In a new issue of Avengers vs. X-Men, Black Panther dumps Storm in the coldest, most public way possible: during a battle she showed up (too late for his liking) to help him fight:
The writers may have decided on an “annulment” for the couple in response to fans’ disappointment with their storyline. Some argued that it was rushed and “unearned,” since there wasn’t any real courtship and it seemed that they were just being thrown together because both were high-profile black characters. If their relationship has been a point of contention with readers, that’s nothing compared to what goes on inside the pages of comics. Apparently, in an issue that featured the couple as married, Black Panther assaulted Storm in a fight scene.
Black Panther and Storm’s marriage was not without its supporters. A commenter at Shadow and Act claimed, “They couldn’t handle it that THE hottest & most powerful Black woman in the comic book world actually married a brotha.” Others in the comment section there are also lamenting the hasty split. But it would appear that there might be an off-page political reason for the sudden annulment.
For more than a year, Marvel Studios has been hinting at a possible Black Panther film (Chiwetel Ejiofor is a fan favorite to play the role). While Marvel Studios owns the rights to the character, Storm remains the property of 20th Century Fox. If the film goes forward, the Black Panther’s marriage to Storm couldn’t be featured. While this is positive news for Black Panther fans, it sucks for supporters of the T’Challa/Storm pairing and those who would’ve loved to have seen Storm recast and rebooted.
Are you a follower of comic book lore? Did you know Black Panther and Storm were an item? What do you think is really behind their sudden break-up?