WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Thor #9 by Jason Aaron and Mike Del Mundo, on sale Wednesday, January 9.
S.H.I.E.L.D., the world peacekeeping organization, may not exist anymore in the Marvel Universe, but that isn't stopping Black Panther from forming a suitable replacement.
Ever since T'Challa was named the chairman of the latest incarnation of the Avengers, Earth's Mightiest Heroes have seen their allies from other countries and in the United States government turn their backs on the heroes. Nevertheless, Black Panther recognizes the Avengers can't be everyone at once, no matter how many heroes are offered an Avengers badge. This is why he decides to recruit a support staff, named the Agents of Wakanda.
Issues of Avengers and Thor have shown Black Panther recruit Blade and former S.H.I.E.L.D. environmentalist, Roz Solomon, to this super secret team. A preview of this week's Thor #9 focuses on Okoye of the Dora Milaje getting Roz up to speed on what will be expected of her. While she was only an environmentalist with S.H.I.E.L.D., the Agents of Wakanda will put her in potentially dangerous situations involving intelligence gathering, super-espionage and special missions.
However, being an Agent of Wakanda does come with a few perks. T'Challa is making the many rare resources of the African nation of Wakanda available to his agents, meaning Roz will be equipped with a gun that shoots Vibranium bullets and a suit based on Black Panther technology.
The red-and-black suit stands out with wrist guards irradiating with energy. Also, the Black Panther symbol can be found on the shoulders and belt buckle. The panel featuring the costume reveal comes after Roz pays Roxxon C.E.O. Dario Agger a visit in his home. The villain has caused problems for Roz dating back to Thor: God of Thunder.
Dario has also sided with the Dark Elf Malekith as he raged war across the Ten Realms. More than likely, Black Panther has sent Roz to gather valuable information from Dario ahead of the War of the Realms, Marvel's upcoming event for 2019.
It's unknown at this time whether other Agents of Wakanda will wear this hi-tech suit or if its unique to Roz Solomon. Okoye does mention that it's tailored to her DNA, so it could be a special order. To complete Roz's new James Bond-inspired superhero role, she'll even get a flying car that will put her old S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicle to shame. Black Panther has even put his own spin on the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier, so there is no telling what other toys could find their way into the pages of Thor #9 when it goes on sale Jan. 9.