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Be my guest EJ I knew you guys would get my not so sugar “Coated” meaning. I always say to each his/her own, but I can’t help hoping that BP2WF significantly underperforms at the box office even though I realize Feige profit proofed it by making Namor Hispanic and instigating Black/Brown animosity. Que sera?

Ezyo, right with you bruh.

Peace,

Mont

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Damn, damn, damn! Quoting the great Florida Evans in case anyone wants to label me misogynist!?!

Totally sympathize with Gessela! Never expected such a stinging betrayal from Marvel, but I suppose it was foolish of me to invest so much hope and time and money into something I have absolutely no control over, something I can’t influence in any way? I think back to “Stan’s Soapbox” and wonder if even in those simpler times it was all just a mirage? I actually had given up comics for a while, finished undergrad, got married, had a kid, worked 3 sometimes 4 jobs when Quesada’s Marvel Knights caught my attention and Christopher Preist turned me completely around with “The Client!” I was out and they pulled me back in! It was a glorious time with Avery Brooks’ Benjamin Sisko kicking ass in space and T’Challa taking names here on Earth my head was firmly somewhere in between.

As is the way with all things Sisko’s adventures ended and CJP moved on, but in Marvel at least I’ve been clinging to the hope that another inspired artist/creator would expound upon the T’Challa I’d come to admire and create more adventures I’d look forward to consuming. A decade or more of frustrating ups and downs was met with the promise of the MCU and the real possibility of seeing T’Challa on the silver screen. Assuredly we’d get the best version for “BP the Movie” likely to the chagrin of many a fanboy who couldn’t abide by an Uber competent, powerful and genius, A-list, super Black Panther, moved to the front of the Avengers class photo and helming his own celluloid franchise.

The gift of Chadwick Boseman was too good to be true and Marvel seemed to surround him with a near perfect compliment of talents. The creative team recognized the genius of CJP’s Panther and employed a heavy dose for the character’s mix, the excitement was palpable. Nation building concessions, Shuri, MBJ an elevated Ross aside, the future looked bright until the star burned out and Chadwick passed on. With his passing, the only barrier between the T’Challa centered Wakanda I loved and the revisionist, newly “Coated,” progressive Wakanda, surpassing years of tried and true Black Panther content, was gone. What was to come, anyone’s guess?

The overly sentimental, self-serving, audience dismissive and bone-headed decision to kill off T’Challa, a third death in four MCU appearances, perhaps was one that should have been expected given Marvel’s editorial disregard for their groundbreaking, iconic character and testament to diversity in a medium grossly lacking appropriate representation. The ease at which they have committed to assassinating their most tactically brilliant, wealthiest, scientifically ingenious, martially dangerous and sovereign Black superhero, the first in mainstream comics, with hardly any of his stories told, should be universally alarming. But Marvel maintains the guise of tribute and respect as if eliminating powerful Black male icons wasn’t part of an age old global agenda.

I’m with Gessela! And I will not support BP2WF despite my regard for Queen Bassett, Danai, Lupita and Duke. Marvel doesn’t give a sh*t about what I think or want and their perverse take on “the show must go on,” reliving the trauma of Chadwick’s death through T’Challa instead of sharing the same settings, costumes and action with a new talent vetted to honor he who came before, makes absolutely no sense other than in the context of the replacement of positive Black male icons who cow tow to no one and inspire generations. I’m out, again.

No peace,

Mont

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Need to see how all of this plays out, but I have no confidence in what Feige will allow and Coogler will do with T’Challa or Wakanda. I enjoyed Black Panther despite a compromised T’Challa, clearly an upgrade over how he was being presented in his own book, but their quick and easy determination to do away with the iconic character Stan & Jack created, CJP reinvigorated and Chadwick breathed life into belies even the disturbing industry inkling toward superhero fatalism, snuffing out T’Challa before any reasonable exploration of his most impactful, instrumental and inspiring 616 exploits and interactions.

No peace,

Mont

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Agreed EJ! Very astute and your point as to Nezhno is well put and well taken. I had very high hopes for him as a new hero out of Wakanda, but find it very frustrating how they’ve handcuffed/chained/leashed his power and further constrained him with the code name “Gentle” and a corresponding personality of someone tamed or housebroken.

Peace,

Mont

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Exactly. Now let’s say there isn’t some subversive, widespread agenda to eliminate or mute a minority character, an influential Black male superhero like T’Challa of such power and independence (I can’t help but recall T’Chaka’s interaction with the officials from other nations at the Bilderberg conference from Hudlin’s WITBP issue #3). Why wouldn’t a progressive, multi-media entity that is promoting diversity and inclusion, hiring minority talent and expanding representation of diverse characters, recognize what it has in the first of such, created by their very own beloved founder Stan “the Man” Lee and double down on his example?

In fairness, I would not argue if they said they attempted to do this by making him the Avenger’s Chairman in Aaron’s run on their flagship team book. However, by simultaneously allowing T’Challa to be so diminished in his own title, to the point of humiliation, ouster and now elimination from the MCU, killing him yet again, before appearing in his second solo outing, they are effectively assassinating T’Challa. Trying to make sense of it, I can’t dismiss the thought that he, in some eyes, may have been too powerful, too independent, too influential for some tastes that may more easily swallow a Black Cap or Iron Man light? I’m struggling to place a value on diversity so measured.

No peace,

Mont
 

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I will be out on any of it!

Peace,

Mont

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I've felt for a few years that Marvel doesn't like monarchs in general. Namor cant keep Atlantis together for more than a year. Then they shuffle him off to some random team. I dont know where Black Bolt is right now. But they usually un-King him too. Editorial lacks creativity outside NY and crossover events.

Tweeted these thoughts earlier, I believe them to be relevant…

Sam Wilson - military vet, social worker, Cap sidekick: made Captain America.
James Rhodes - vet. fighter pilot, Iron Man sidekick: made War Machine.
T'Challa/BP - King of Wakanda, Ph.D in Physics, tactical genius & master martial artist: tarnish in BP comic & erase from MCU!?!

T'Challa is not just the first mainstream Black superhero, he's the most financially secure, politically powerful, self-sufficient of all Marvel heroes. He's religiously disparate & globally influential. His deconstruction & erasure feels like an assassination!

My Two Cents,

Peace,

Mont

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It's hard for me to think of any other comic book headlining character where it seems the steady goal to is to make their books about anyone but them, outside of Black Panther. Why is it so "hard" to focus on T'Challa, build him up, give him an interesting journey that affects and changes him (for the positive), that allows him to affect the world (in generally positive ways)?

I don't see a steady drumbeat of deconstruction, of being labeled the fault and blame all the time-for any other headlining character. Certainly, there have been challenges, great failures, mistakes, tragedies, and moments for character growth, but it seems like with other books the focus is still kept on their headliners and reinforcing how necessary their headliners are in the books that bear their names.

I totally feel you EJ! Fact is Marvel don’t give a ish about what T’Challa fans want. Haven’t for years and I believe that the middling sales of the title is a direct result.

Peace,

Mont

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Could have been a great MCU homage to Marvel Team-Up with T’Challa and Namor duking it out until recognizing their true enemy (Attuma?) and joining forces to defeat him/them. This would have been a great way to introduce Namor and Atlantis to the MCU while solidifying BP and Wakanda as a unifying MCU element.

The path they’re taking is disrespectful to the character T’Challa and takes for granted paying fans expected to put out $12 to $15 bucks to watch their self-serving, wanton disregard for what Chadwick painstakingly brought to life in the MCU. Creating art is challenging, often personal and sometimes painful. Assuming the proper level of respect for the iconic character T’Challa and his historical, cultural impact, Feige and Coogler had the responsibility to choose the most appropriate talent to succeed Chadwick and direct the performance of he and the cast in such a way that overcame their challenges, honored Chadwick and respected the fans expected to pay for tickets to see BP2WF. The professional cast and crew will be paid up front whether the movie succeeds or fails. After all, the show must go on, art is for the audience, right?

The path they chose is less artful and ironically belies the courage, strength and perseverance of the very people they seek to portray. Perhaps this is why Martin Freeman found the whole thing weird? Willfully eliminating T’Challa with so much weight and story yet to apply, makes no sense.

No peace,

Mont

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I can see how Johnny come lately “fans” might buy into this mess replacing T’Chaka with T’Challa in BP mythology all due to the misguided notion of honoring T’Challa in this way. Think though, how the hell would a merely competent superhero with his resources, who saw his father killed allow his son and heir to ever be in danger!?! I’m out.

No peace,

Mont

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I sent this to Marvel's feedback email

Dear Mr Ridley and Marvel Editors,

I read Black Panther #6. While the issue wasn't bad I feel like this was a missed opportunity to show off Tchallas' skills. I feel like there could have been a chess match between Akili and Tchalla with Tchalla outmaneuvering and incapacitating the Hatute over several days as he is a strategic genius. Also, given Tchallas' nature, shouldn't he have a few bunkers of backup equipment positioned around Wakanda? Just a basic Vibranium suit and energy daggers would have been more than enough. And after Doomwar, where food was laced with trackers, I don't see how even Shuri would be able to put one in him. His paranoia after that wouldn't allow it.

Also we need a full issue of Tchalla and Jhai because the relationship doesn't feel real as a newly introduced best friend.

Finally I feel that there are some dialogue problems with Tchalla. Not in the main story, but it seems you're trying to make him more quippy, but its falling short as he is a more stoic character. Also why are the Hatute chanting 'Kill Tchalla' continually? Are they supposed to be robots?

Thank You for your time.

Okay to print


Very well put! Ridley’s story thus far would be impressive if he were writing Eddie Murray’s Prince Akeem Joffer, but this is not T’Challa. Instead, he is writing the diminished, dumbed down T’Challa Marvel seems to be intent on peddling as a more palatable Black hero who doesn’t quite rise to the level of a Tony Stark, Reed Richards or Steve Rogers. No evidence of his enhanced speed, strength, senses or naturally superior strategic genius. These are elements of this character that should be on display, incorporated in every story. Why would anyone not employ such gifts in such a circumstance? And to sell real fans on the possibility that anyone could outflank T’Challa on Wakandan terrain is insulting, lazy storytelling. T’Challa would not have made his escape without knowing exactly what was coming and how to counter it. I know this is harder to write but T’Challa’s traits have been well established. We deserve better.

Peace,

Mont

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Hear, hear! Excellent analysis, 100 percent on the beam!

As a society, the more we lean into gritty hyper realism and forsake imaginative, aspirational, sometimes “corny” or “sappy” storytelling, the more our innocence wanes, the harder it becomes for us to dream of let alone believe in heroes.

Redjack is right on the money! Thanks for sharing brother Ture!

Peace,

Mont

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I thought it was a good issue. I didn't see any American vs African blacks. All Sam said was Wakanda isn't perfect, but if comparing social issues and as long as Coates is ignored, it is a social paradise. But even a black American would face some xenophobia in the beginning and live through an invasion or two.

I do think Sam taking on the responsibility of alleviating black social conditions himself is crazy.

The number one friend chicken in the country is Willie Mae's Scotch House.

This is very much denigrating to Wakanda, Black Panther and what T’Challa had worked to build in the MCU and in print pre-Coates. That is not to say it wouldn’t happen this way or is unrealistic. But why not use the medium and artistic license to inspire, uplift in a way that doesn’t fall back on the predictable? You might surmise that is the intention, where they are going, but we have been continually let down so it is hard to see anything more than the continued deconstruction the CJP predicted for T’Challa and Wakanda more than two decades ago.

Peace,

Mont

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Black Panther / Re: BP710: THE PROTOCOLS
« on: April 18, 2022, 01:47:21 pm »
My advice to John Ridley…

Wakanda’s foray into democracy should fail, not because democracy is bad, but because Marvel should resist the urge to try to force their properties to conform to Western, post-colonial political realities. Wakanda’s meritocracy, as originally constructed, with a Bast blessed, noble and supremely competent monarch who is spiritually committed to the well-being of his people has largely worked for them and their development as a technologically unique and spiritual society. Wakanda is yin to Latveria’s yang and the stories stemming from T’Challa led Wakanda, in contrast to 616 at-large, are far from exhausted.

My Two Cents.

Peace,

Mont

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Knee jerk reaction was more frustration with the tearing down of T’Challa and, not inconsequentially, Wakanda’s lack of faith in him. However, Ridley has an opportunity here and I am intrigued by the primary focus of the book now being squarely on T’Challa, especially given the MCU’s misguided intention to discard his character.

Here’s to redemption, even if only in print.

Hopefully,

Mont

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