COMICS: Tom Brevoort Explains The End Of A Marriage In AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #9

COMICS: Tom Brevoort Explains The End Of A Marriage In AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #9

Marvel faced a big enough backlash when they finished the marriage of Peter Parker and Mary Jane a few years back, so why did decide to end yet another in the latest issue of Avengers Vs. X-Men? Editor Tom Brevoort explains...

One of the biggest surprises in Avengers Vs. X-Men #9 was the end of Black Panther and Storm's marriage. It was way back in 2006 that the two got married - during the events of Civil War - although it has never felt particularly natural or been a hugely popular relationship among most fans. Well, following Namor's attack on Wakanda which devastated T'Challa's country, he decided that he'd had enough and annulled his marriage to Ororo Munroe (as you can see in the panels from the issue below). In an interview with Newsarama, Avengers vs. X-Men editor Tom Brevoort explained the reason behind the decision.

"I think it’s a little bit of everything. To be honest, I don’t know that we handled Storm and the Panther as a married couple as well as we could have on a consistent basis. This is a byproduct of the fact that they come from different corners of the MU, and it was often difficult to bridge the gap. X-readers and creators wanted Storm to be in the world of X rather than in Wakanda with the Panther, and the Panther’s trajectory was often well away from that X-world. So more often than not, we had the two of them separated, each off doing their own thing in their own sphere, and touching base with the other, but that’s about it. We never found that winning formula to put them into position in the Marvel U as a couple that would succeed long-term. Probably the closest we came was right after the wedding, when they became half of the Fantastic Four. It wasn’t absolutely necessary that we dissolve their union as a part of AvX, but as you said, it was a logical consequence of the conflict, and it adds a personal and emotional resonance to what goes on. And it’s not a relationship that we’re done with necessarily—as you’ll see as the remainder of AvX and AvX: VS plays out, and we get into the world of Marvel NOW."

How do you feel about the conclusion of the relationship between Black Panther and Storm? Did Marvel go about bringing it to an end in the right way? Be sure to sound off with your thoughts in the usual place.

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CoulsonLives - 8/5/2012, 4:50 AM
Aww, That's like how Ant-Man and wasp broke up. It should never have happened.
StuckInPanels - 8/5/2012, 5:03 AM
I think it was handled well. It was one of those "I've had enough of this" moments, T'challa felt betrayed when his wife chose the wrong side for the wrong reasons
KozmikPariah - 8/5/2012, 5:11 AM
I'm glad since it was well known when they got married it was just a freaking publicity stunt that used retcon stories to give the couple a history. Good riddance to another one from "House of (Terrible)Ideas". And I dunno if it's outta context in that panel but the dialogue as is: HORRIBLE.

She should have been with Forge. Who Ellis handled perfectly when he went nuts after the marriage thing.
JillValenfield - 8/5/2012, 6:09 AM
What!? BP and Storm breaking up? How sad...:(
DDD - 8/5/2012, 6:09 AM
It's kind of sad but goes along with all that's
I really didn't like this marriage, myself!

It was too forced!
dirtygymsocks - 8/5/2012, 6:52 AM
The marriage was forced but I like them together. We dont have many high profile black characters in comics and it was nice to see them as a power couple but they werent used right.
SpanX13 - 8/5/2012, 7:43 AM
Let's face it...comics,like so many other madia is best when the melodramatic or truelly dramatic happens. Spederman & MJ didn't need to be split up,but now we are all waiting for the "will they won't they get back together".

Same here, the hangover from all this emotional drama will leave either character resolving issues & feelings. Then a story line that will bring them either together or give them closer. I vote for a pregnancy,it will add sum needed weight to their story & open more stories.

But for me is how the relationship was dealt with from the interim. Just because they are the most popular black & african characters,didn't mean they should hook up. Why couldn't she & Wolverine work,or Panther & Wanda. Those are also stories that need to be explored. So we have Cage & his women,but why couldn't Carol or Spider-women find some connection with Panther.

Or let's have Rogue & Ororo finally make some fan boys fantasies happen.
GUNSMITH - 8/5/2012, 7:47 AM
GUNSMITH - 8/5/2012, 7:48 AM
CaptainObvious - 8/5/2012, 7:50 AM
If it was too difficult to keep them together, why marry them in the first place?
Tainted87 - 8/5/2012, 9:26 AM
Damn, that panel is rough.
storyteller - 8/5/2012, 9:48 AM
I don't like the split, but in hindsight I do dislike that Marvel really felt Storm living in the US had to marry a black man from Africa. Honestly she should have married some guy locally. Basically I have an issue with writers going out of their way to maintain the racial status quo.
Deadpool101 - 8/5/2012, 10:27 AM
where are the goood examples of married couples in comics... like really ... I know half of people get divorced , but should'nt there be examples for people to try not to ???
JatevinM - 8/5/2012, 10:29 AM
They should never have been married to begin with!!!
Battabing - 8/5/2012, 10:55 AM
The only reason they got married was because they were black. There was no substantive reason for those two to be together, and no writer knew how to write them as a couple, save Dwayne McDuffie. Why wouldn't the marriage fail?
Battabing - 8/5/2012, 10:58 AM
It seems like the only married couples left in comics is Aquaman and Mera and Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman, and I think the last two are just keepin it together until the kids grow up. Sue can't wait to get out of that marriage.
Equivocal - 8/5/2012, 11:10 AM
not shock with this,
their marriage was NEVER iconic, it was just 'there'...

unlike Mj & Peter, that was a crime what they did with that story !
Darkhaven - 8/5/2012, 12:05 PM
@dirtygymsocks - 8/5/2012, 6:52 AM

"The marriage was forced but I like them together. We dont have many high profile black characters in comics and it was nice to see them as a power couple but they werent used right."

This times a million. Yeah, it was forced, but they were a force unto themselves really. The writers that put them together should have also found the time to keep them together. Their wedding ceremony was one of the greatest moments I'd ever read. The cast alone was excellent.

johnblake - 8/5/2012, 12:06 PM
616 is straight sucking right now. its so boring. now this. marvel needs a new 52 ordeal
Darkhaven - 8/5/2012, 12:16 PM
@storyteller - 8/5/2012, 9:48 AM

"Basically I have an issue with writers going out of their way to maintain the racial status quo."

I don't think that was the case really. As a black dude who is quite fond of multiracial relationships (and currently in one), I think that the pairing of Storm and Black Panther was an attempt at bringing the Marvel U closer, rather than a "stick to your own kind" sort of thing. When you think about it, Marvel does really well with mixed couplings, so a black union was more than fine for me.

Two African characters that are considered royalty would have common ground, and at the very least know one another. X Men stories for the longest time were very far away from the rest of the Marvel U, so flashback stories with Storm and Tchalla were pretty well handled.

If anything, the writers missed the opportunity to have these two as the backdrop to all of the madness in the AvX fighting. They could have been the reflection of the fallout and strained relations of both worlds. Alas, we have this.
TChalla74 - 8/5/2012, 1:08 PM
.. The marriage failed b/c marvel writers obviously didn't know how to make them as much of a 'Power Couple' as they should have been. Sad to say, notice alot of haters, but I liked the thought of them being married more than the portrayal of the marriage itself.
kamikazeturtle - 8/5/2012, 1:10 PM
This actually makes me kind of happy. They're finally fixing one of their f*ck ups.

Storm's always been one of my favorite characters so I was obviously less than pleased when they gave her such an incredibly sudden retcon marriage instead of bothering to build a relationship like with other Marvel couples.

It was like they were thinking, hey they're both black and royal, let's hook them up! Yeah, because relationships are all about logic. Who cares about genuine feeling? Or that the logistics of maintaining this relationship are a nightmare? Storm is so much more than the color of her skin but it just felt like that was the *only* reason for this little stunt. Maybe if they'd handled it better I would've cared :P.
CharlesLord - 8/5/2012, 3:56 PM
after i heard they were married i never really heard much about them afterwards. when i read it in AvX 9 tho i literally said holy sh!t out loud. They seem like a cool couple and since theyre really some of the only black characters i wished they were used more effectively.
Dunejedi - 8/5/2012, 8:25 PM
I thought it was KIND of cool that they were paired up, but mostly I was indifferent. I had a way bigger problem with the retcon history. I just hate revisionist history. They could have generated an organic relationship in the present.

In addition to that, this annulment move is a disservice to T'Challa as a character. I admit I don't follow either character to intimately know their problems, but this move seems reactionary and emotional as opposed to meditated and dispassionate. And even worse, it's petty. T'Calla knows why Ororo sided with the X-Men and he would know that she wouldn't have anything to do with Namor's actions. She is a principled and scrupulous person, but he's basically divorcing her because she didn't take his side. No part of this is worthy of the Black Panther.

Once again, Marvel has connected the dots to reveal another pile of sh#t.
ScionStorm - 8/6/2012, 2:21 AM
So the assault on Wakanda caused Panther to look seriously at his relationship and realise he couldn't afford to play married couple any longer at the cost of his homeland. He chose responsibilty over romance.
mob7medina - 8/6/2012, 2:57 AM
This stuff is really old already anything DC and marvel do is all for sales hoping shock value will get them money quick.What marvel needs to do is just good storytelling and good artwork(please!),so hopefully thats what Marvel now's going to do...

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