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