Creators Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Evan Narcisse, and Senior Editor Wil Moss discuss their influential comic runs with host Nic Stone in the fifth episode of the acclaimed podcast series The History of Marvel Comics: Black Panther. They discuss BLACK PANTHER (2016) and 2018, as well as Narcisse’s RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER (2018), a revamped origin that expands Wakanda’s mythos.
This six-episode documentary podcast is hosted by New York Times best-selling author Stone, who delves into the origins of the Black Panther in comic books through interviews with the creators who shaped T’Challa’s journey, while also celebrating Wakanda’s innately Afro-Futuristic world and analyzing the character’s larger impact. In a definitive tell-all of how T’Challa became Black Panther and how he and Wakanda have progressed since, both new and long-time fans will get a behind-the-scenes look.
PICKING UP THE REIGN ON TA-NEHISI COATES:
COATES, TA-NEHISI: I’ve read a lot of Priest. Reginald Hudlin was one of my favorite authors. [Jonathan] Hickman was probably my biggest influence. Because he was working on an Avengers novel in which T’Challa was practically the main character. So I spent a lot of time thinking about and dealing with his T’Challa.
STONE, NIC: Learning how to write for a visual media like comics, on the other hand, can be a steep learning curve.
COATS FROM TA-NEHISI: It was difficult. Learning to tell stories using graphics was difficult. And that was one of the major obstacles. There’s no assurance that you’ll be successful in comics just because you’ve had success elsewhere.
NIC STONE: This is where the artist enters the picture. Wil Moss, Ta-editor, Nehisi’s understood it would be a difficult road ahead, so he paired him with a comic veteran. After all, success is bred from combinations!
WIL MOSS: Brian Stelfreeze is a true professional. An illustrator who also happens to be a comic book artist. So when it came time to cast BLACK PANTHER, I immediately thought of Brian as the ideal actor for the part. Someone who can come in and completely revitalize the Black Panther and Wakanda universes. So that was one of our goals when we invited Ta-Nehisi to come on, who had never written a comic before. We felt having someone like Brian, who was such a good storyteller on his own, would be beneficial.
IN THE 2016 RUN, WAKANDA’S POLITICAL SHIFT:
COATS FROM TA-NEHISI: When you think of monarchy, you think of a nation of people who are constantly on the move. A country where the people do not always have a say in how their government is run. And [T’Challa] was always leaving Wakanda when I read about him. He was constantly on the move. As though that was something that happened all the time. He enrolled in college. He was leaving to go on an adventure. Everything. And part of his gripe with Shuri before the uprising, and even before that, was the fact that he hadn’t actually been around, you know?
NIC STONE: Basically, Wakanda’s shambles are on display for all to see. The Dora Milaje is the first to be mentioned.
TA-NEHISI COATES: I’ve always found the Dora Milaje’s headquarters in Wakanda to be fascinating. And I thought it was fascinating that in this evolved civilization, you had this model of female bodyguards, complete with uniforms and everything. And I was simply fascinated by their personal lives. I was curious as to how they felt.
NIC STONE: During Coates’ tenure, two Doras, Ayo and Aneka, have doubts about their allegiance to the throne after Aneka is arrested for killing a local chief. In the absence of T’Challa, he is a man whose aggression against women goes unchecked. Ayo, Aneka, and many other Doras abandon the order, become Midnight Angels, and form the “No One” faction as a result of incidents like these. No One is short for No One Man, a reference to their dissatisfaction with the monarchy’s absolute control in Wakanda.
WIL MOSS: [Ta-Nehisi] did a fantastic job introducing Ayo and Aneka. They made their own decisions about what it meant to serve Wakanda. And what their responsibilities were to T’Challa, the king, themselves, and their community. “A Nation Under Our Feet” is a fantastic story with enough of meat on the bones in terms of things to ponder. In terms of how societies function, monarchies are monarchies. However, it also managed to be a thrilling action story.
ON WAKANDAN TECH’S OPERATIONS:
“Hey man, I don’t know tech,” Ta-Nehisi stated at one point. BRIAN STELFREEZE: “I don’t do all that stuff,” he says flatly. “This is my lane.” And, of course, I said, “Well, I adore technology.” I’m not interested in politics.” So he was basically like, “How does Wakanda’s technology work?” And I accomplished something similar with Wakanda’s technological advancement. I’ve got a bunch of friends that work at Texas A&M and MIT, and I was telling them about vibranium and how it works. And it was then that I had the idea that instead of vibranium being a substance that absorbs kinetic energy, it would be better if it was a battery that could absorb one form of energy and return another. And I told Ta-Nehisi that if he wanted to punch it, he could. However, it can be transformed to electricity after that. The energy can then be redistributed as kinetic energy. “But what if he redistributed everything at once, so the whole ‘Panther pulse’ is kind of going,” Ta-Nehisi added. So here’s this idea I came up with, which was extremely cool. Then this creative genius comes in and says, “Well, here’s something else you didn’t think of with this technology.” STONE, NIC: Vibranium is one of the most powerful resources in the Marvel Universe, but Brian wanted to give the celestial metal a deeper meaning. It’s more than simply a power source or a money magnet; it’s a method to bring Wakandans together. BRIAN STELFREEZE: It was one of the things I thought was significant, particularly in light of the African diaspora. To say that vibranium wasn’t just this rock in Wakanda was a great metaphor for me. However, there is vibranium in the air. There’s vibranium in the soil. The plants contain vibranium. And just like we all have copper and iron in our blood, Wakandans have vibranium in their blood every time they leave Wakanda. That vibranium, which is constantly present, bonds them to the mother. And I think it personifies the sense of belonging that all Africans have, as well as the sense of belonging to the mother, that no matter how far the diaspora extends, we’re still all connected in some manner.
THE SCIENTIST ON BLACK PANTHER:
EVAN NARCISSE: One of the themes that I wanted to focus on throughout Ta-run Nehisi’s was T’Challa’s desires clashing with his responsibilities as king. And while this isn’t unique to Ta-Nehisi, he made it a priority during his campaign. So it’s his love of science and desire to travel, combined with a wanderlust fuelled by those desires, that draws him out of Wakanda. I wanted to convey in RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER what it is that generates that in him. Also, his family—you know, Ramonda was a huge part of Ta-campaign, Nehisi’s but she isn’t his biological mother. He was raised by her. However, there is a character named N’Yami who is his biological mother in the universe. Isn’t it true that she died during childbirth in the old stories? And I’d like to learn more about her. And part of my reasoning was that we already knew who T’Chaka was. He’s appeared in a number of previous stories. He’s a king, a strategist, and someone who oversaw the safekeeping of Wakanda during his rule. We also know he died terribly. So we know what personality traits T’Challa gets from him, but I was thinking to myself, “Well, we’ve never seen T’Chaka as a scientist.” He’s never been the guy in the lab before. T’Challa’s proclivity comes from where? When I was thinking about it, I drew on my own experience because my daughter enjoys reading. And I’m sure it’s because of me that she enjoys reading. And I thought to myself, “What if T’Challa received his passion of science from his mother, who was a scientist herself?”
Black Panther: The History of Marvel Comics brings together authors, artists, and historians to weave a story that only Marvel can tell. Exclusive interviews with prominent artists like as John Ridley, Joe Quesada, Christopher Priest, and others are included on the podcast.
The series will be available on the SXM App and Marvel Podcasts Unlimited on Apple Podcasts exclusively at first. One week later, episodes will be widely available on Pandora, Stitcher, and all major podcast platforms in the United States. Visit siriusxm.com/blackpanther for additional information.
Marvel versus DC. Who has the hotter female actors?
DC and Marvel are the two most well-known superhero film companies. There are several points on which fans of these two studios can’t agree, including which has the superior superheroes, which has the superior superhero team-up, which has the superior villains, and which makes the superior movies.
Yes, it seems like another argument is on the horizon. Marvel and DC aren’t shy about featuring stunning female leads since they know it draws in the crowds. In exchange for portraying some of our favorite superheroines, these ladies earn millions of dollars.
Discover who has exceeded the other in this respect.
Marvel VS DC
Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow
Elizabeth Olsen, aka the Scarlet Witch
Gwyneth Paltrow – Pepper Potts
Captain Marvel (Brie Larson)
Valkyrie – Tessa Thompson
Dani Guererro – Okoye
Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
Lois Lane, played by Amy Adams
Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
Black Canary, played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Who do you believe has the sexiest actresses? Who is your top pick and why? Leave a comment, thanks!
Each and Every Show That Inspired the Disney+ Series WandaVision
WandaVision’s frequent allusions to classic television shows are a major part of its humor.
In January of 2021, WandaVision launched Phase 4 of the MCU, officially ushering in a new age of Disney+ shows. Indeed, it was the first time the MCU was seen on television, as it chronicled Wanda Maximoff’s (Elizabeth Olsen) reaction to the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame. In the end, WandaVision was a huge critical triumph, garnering a whopping 23 nods at that year’s Primetime Emmys.
WandaVision, as the first television series in the MCU, appropriately paid tribute to the medium of television by drawing inspiration from a wide range of programs throughout its history. WandaVision acknowledged a wide range of television classics by the end of the series, from The Dick Van Dyke Show to Modern Family. All the shows that served as models for WandaVision are listed here.
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show, which follows the title man in his antics both at work and at home, is one of the earliest shows mentioned on WandaVision, appearing in the very first episodes. One of WandaVision’s primary inspirations comes from this episode. Matt Shakman, the show’s director, told Den of Geek that he and Van Dyke had lunch together to discuss the show’s production.
I Love Lucy
Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. The most blatant example is the fact that couples could not be depicted in bed together during the airing of I Love Lucy. Two separate single beds were displayed instead of a double bed.
Featuring Lucille Ball as a New York housewife who dreams of becoming a star, I Love Lucy was a smash hit on television. Clearly, this program, along with The Dick Van Dyke Show, was an influence on the first two episodes of WandaVision. Couples could not be shown in bed together on television during the time that I Love Lucy was airing. Instead of a double bed, two single beds were displayed.
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone, the only non-comedic source of inspiration for WandaVision, is another source of the show’s unique style. The structure of the show has a narrator guiding the audience through a series of spooky stories set in a realm named “The Twilight Zone.” Jordan Peele just recreated the series, but he stuck with the same basic idea. Jac Schaeffer, the program’s creator, discussed WandaVision’s impact on the series and its storytelling, highlighting the impact the show had on the development of Wanda’s magic and the resolution of the Hex’s mysteries.
Bewitched, originally shown on ABC in the 1980s, has been remade numerous times throughout the history of film and television, most recently as a box office smash starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. Starring in the show is Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch attempting to lead the life of a typical housewife. WandaVision, in which Scarlet Witch and Vision disguise themselves as normal suburbanites, finds an apt inspiration in these stories.
The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunch was a popular show from the 1970s about a nuclear family that ended up blending and raising six kids together. The third episode of WandaVision, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plainly draws inspiration from The Brady Brunch, as the title card makes explicit reference to the show’s title show.
A family living in a Chicago public housing complex experienced nothing but good fortune. The actress playing Monica Rambeau on WandaVision, Teyonah Parris, confirmed this was a running gag, and that the show’s effect can be seen even in later episodes. Good Times originated in the 1970s as a spin-off of Maude, which was itself a spin-off of All in the Family.
In Full House, Bob Saget played a widower father who enlists the support of his brother and closest friend, both of whom were also single parents. The episode in which WandaVision transitioned into the 1980s TV era was inspired by this show. Having grown so much, Billy and Tommy had altered the household dynamic. It’s worth noting that the Olsen sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, were featured prominently in the ABC show Full House, which served as inspiration for the show’s design.
Malcolm in the Middle
The popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle from the 2000s focused on the eponymous character, a bright kid from a working-class family who struggled to fit in. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, there were multiple references to Malcolm in the form of dialogue and the opening titles were a direct homage to his. Furthermore, exactly as Malcolm did in his show, Tommy did in WandaVision, breaking the fourth wall.
WandaVision’s seventh episode included numerous allusions to contemporary sitcoms like The Office, especially in its mockumentary-style format, which featured interviews and glances directly into the camera. While Vision and Darcy are operating the circus truck, Vision occasionally turns his head to stare directly into the lens. When Agnes recognizes the camera, she once again reveals herself to be Agatha Harkness. It’s only fitting that a reference be made to The Office, which has had such an enormous impact on contemporary television.
When it comes to television, Modern Family is up there with the all-time greats. The show centers on the Pritchett family patriarch, Jay, and how his three children and their families interact. In the sixth episode of WandaVision, Wanda addresses the camera directly in a mockumentary style reminiscent of Modern Family. Wanda’s home is also quite similar to the Dunphys’ in terms of color scheme, design, and general vibe.
Who is the Wonder Man of Marvel Comics?
We had been expecting you, Simon Williams.
The following contains spoilers for some of Wonder Man’s comic book history, but will give you an overview of his background.
Marvel Comics readers have been wondering when Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man, would enter the MCU ever since the introduction of Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. With the confirmation that Destin Daniel Cretton, the man behind Shang-Chi, will be directing a Wonder Man series for Disney+, some of the answers to that question began to emerge. And in even more thrilling developments, it appears that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Simon Williams in the film. If you seen Watchmen on HBO, in which Abdul-Mateen II portrayed Doctor Manhattan, you’ll find this casting even more intriguing. As the villain Black Manta in the Aquaman film series, he is no stranger to the superhero genre. But that’s not why we’re here; we want to speak about Simon Williams and his role in the future of the MCU, and in particular the fates of two of the most beloved star-crossed couples in the MCU canon.
Who is this mysterious Wonder Man, anyway?
Wonder Man made his debut to readers on the cover of Avengers #9 in 1964. There was a banner that read, “Marvel Comics proudly introduces… Wonder Man, the newest, most dynamic surprise character from the world-famous House of Ideas,” and the cover art featured the looming heads of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Wasp, and Giant-Man looking down on their new superpowered foe. Even more so considering Wonder Man wouldn’t make it to the issue’s conclusion, it was a bold claim. Simon Williams was a normal man before he was kidnapped and subjected to “the most potent ionic rays” by Baron Zemo at his hideout in the Amazon Jungle, transforming him into a superhero with superhuman strength and invulnerability. What could possibly motivate such crazy research? The goal was to get Simon (now known as Wonder Man) into the Avengers organization and give him superpowers. In the end, Wonder Man decides to help the Avengers defeat Zemo, after initially agreeing with the plan. He pays the ultimate price for his brave decision. Zemo had poisoned him in secret and, after being deceived, had refused to give Simon the antidote. So long, Wonder Man.
The question is, how did Wonder Man make his way back? And if that was his last appearance, why is he getting a spinoff? In an event that would have lasting effects on Wonder Man and the Avengers, he was soon to play a pivotal role in the development of a legendary Marvel hero.
How Wonder Man are related with Scarlet Witch and Vision?
For four years and 51 issues, fans had to wait before seeing Simon Williams again in the pages of The Avengers. However, the style did not adhere to the norm for comic books. Unfortunately, he was not shown to be still alive or brought back from the dead. This guy wasn’t even a clone. Instead, he is shown to be instrumental in the creation of the synthezoid known as the Vision in the acclaimed story “Even an Android can Cry” by Roy Thomas, John Buscema, George Klein, and Sam Rosen. Something shocking is uncovered as the crew led by Iron Man investigates Vision’s origins and identity. Ultron, the villain, absconded with a valuable item, a “memory cassette” of Wonder Man’s brain. He put it to use in developing the Vision. Yes, in the comics the Vision is an android with a digital replica of Simon Williams’ brain, as opposed to the MCU, where he is formed via the combined efforts of Thor, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner. The odd narrative may have ended there, but Wonder Man had more in store.
By revealing in Avengers #102 that Simon Williams had not been killed but had instead been in a coma since Avengers #9, Marvel Comics planted the seed for his eventual resurrection in 1972. Unfortunately for Simon, it wasn’t the Avengers but Kang, as part of his villain team Legion of the Unliving, that resurrected him in Avengers #131. Wonder Man’s relationship with Vision only grew in importance once he through a few more rebirths and officially joined the Avengers in 1977.
After living together for a while, the duo finally accepted their unorthodox connection and began to view each other as quirky but supportive siblings. Unfortunately, that was short-lived when a corrupt business destroyed Vision’s memory, rendering him emotionless. Simon’s understanding refusal to enable his loving wife Wanda to restore him via brain imprint donation to Vision was understandable. Because he had grown to love Wanda, even if she didn’t realize it for years. The affair was intense, but it ended when Wanda realized she still loved her one true love, Vision, too much to let him go.
What are Wonder Man’s powers?
What a fascinating query! The correct answer has evolved with the times, just like our favorite comic book heroes. We already know that his innate abilities granted him superhuman strength and indestructibility. His initial ionic experiments with Zemo gave him the foundation for his subsequent enhanced talents. Wonder Man appeared to be made entirely of pure energy after reviving from one of his numerous deaths, but the truth is more complicated.
Wonder Man has falsely claimed to be made of Ionic Energy on multiple occasions, however a more accurate description would be that it is embedded throughout his own flesh and bones. As a result of his extraordinary physiology, he can heal himself from wounds, fashion solid objects out of energy, and control magnetic fields. His peculiar abilities can be traced back to his past. Aside from that, Wonder Man possesses a host of classic superhero abilities, including flight, invulnerability, bulletproof skin, the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound, extreme agility, and super reflexes. He also possesses latent powers, such as teleportation and shapeshifting, though he rarely employs them.
Isn’t it true that Wonder Man used to act?
Yep. Simon’s aspirations to become an actor are almost as well-known as his association with Vision. Wonder Man, who in the 1970s was a resident of the Avengers Mansion, left to strike out on his own. Simon left the Avengers #211 after Captain America attempted to downsize the squad to focus on his personal life in Avengers #211. He is now working with good old Hercules in his acting profession. He then tried his hand at acting before transitioning into the world of stunts in Hollywood, where he proved to be nearly unstoppable. Both West Coast Avengers Vol. 1 and his solo series Wonder Man detail that time period in his life. It’s easy to imagine that this will serve as a springboard for his Disney+ series.
What role Wonder Man will play in Marvel?
Simon Williams seems like a logical progression for the MCU after the events of WandaVision and the introduction of the memory-erased White Vision. The question that remains, though, is how the MCU will redefine the antihero in his pilot episode and throughout the franchise. The several possibilities we’ve discussed here show that this is so. Following a much-loved Marvel Cinematic Universe convention, this author speculates that Simon Williams was either an employee or rival of Tony Stark. The latter seems more realistic, given that his past in the ’80s comics was expanded to involve him competing with Stark Industries for cash.
It’s possible that the MCU will introduce the idea that Jarvis and eventually Vision were created using Williams’ coding skills or a physical brain imprint, giving him the crucial connection that the characters need. This would be a great opportunity for the MCU to further cement the brotherly bond between the two characters and bring him full circle back to Tony Stark. The Wonder Man TV show might also take place in the past to introduce audiences to the character and his background before he becomes part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That may be a fun way to introduce audiences to Wonder Man before he officially enters the current MCU, while also incorporating some of the hilarious hijinks from his time in Hollywood. It’s also plausible that this path may leave Williams in a coma, where the MCU’s latest villain can revive him.
It seems likely that Kang will play a role in Simon’s primary introduction to the MCU, given the comics and the time of the Wonder Man series. Including the Legion of the Unliving in the MCU may be a fascinating development. It’s also possible that White Vision is discovered by scientist Kang, who then links the new synthezoid to Simon. However, we believe that Simon will become well-established in the series before being presented to the main MCU, where he will become connected with White Vision and the Avengers after becoming entangled with a revived Scarlet Witch. During the Kang Dynasty comic that inspired the new film’s title, Wanda and Wonder Man actually break up in the comics.
We won’t know until Disney+ launches the much-anticipated MCU series, though.
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