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What Was So Important About Black Panther and Storm’s Wedding?

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What Was So Important About Black Panther and Storm’s Wedding?

In Left Unresolved, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved.

Reader Jody B. suggested this one that could work for a few different columns, including “How Can I Explain?”, but I guess we’ll stick with “Left Unresolved” for it, namely what was the deal with the Watcher showing up at the wedding of Black Panther and Storm?

In “Black Panther” #18 (by Reginald Hudlin, Scot Eaton and Klaus Janson), the Black Panther and Storm got married in a wedding surrounded by world leaders and their superhero friends (even those that were currently embroiled in Civil War with each other over the Superhuman Registration Act).

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Their marriage was relatively short-lived, as T’Challa annulled their union six years later (our time) in “Avengers vs. X-Men” #9 (by Jason Aaron, Adam Kubert and John Dell, based on a story by a bunch of writers)…

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Now, up until “Avengers vs. X-Men”, when one of Storm’s teammates destroyed much of Wakanda, T’Challa and Storm had a happy marriage with a lot of fun adventures. I especially liked their time as temporary members of the Fantastic Four (under the pen of Dwayne McDuffie) while Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman were on a break from the team to work on their marriage. However, whether you were a fan of the Black Panther/Storm marriage or not, I think it is fair to say that their marriage did not have a significant impact on the Marvel Universe. It was just too short.

However, when they got married, the wedding had a unique guest…the Watcher!

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Even the Black Panther was, like, “Huh? Why’s he here?”

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It was never explained in the comic book. I presume that Hudlin had something planned, but he left the title before he had a chance to do anything cosmic based around the marriage. So we’re left with an unresolved plot idea of why the Watcher felt that this marriage was of such great importance.

Thanks to Jody for the suggestion. IF anyone else has an unresolved comic book plot point that they’d like to see spotlighted, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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