Creed writer Aaron Covington has been tasked with writing two issues of the current Black Panther comics. This is the second time someone from the Creed creative team has gotten a chance to tackle Black Panther. The director of the anticipated 2018 movie starring the character and the director of Creed are one in the same, Ryan Coogler. Coogler and Covington did work together to craft the screenplay for the acclaimed Creed. However, Covington, isn’t apart of T’Challa’s big-screen solo debut.
Now Marvel is allowing Covington to have a small piece of T’Challa’s history on the printed page, instead. The writer will have a short stint on the comic but it promises to be an interesting one. Hopefully it will also open the door for Covington to reunite with Coogler and craft future Black Panther stories on the big screen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to THR, Covington will take over the digital Black Panther: Long Live the King series. The biweekly series is a part of joint production between digital comic platform, ComiXology, and Marvel. Black Panther: Long Live the King is one of three series shared between ComiXology and Marvel. These series stand alone from the mainline Marvel universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although they do share some obvious inspirations with the MCU. The other two series, in particular, wear their MCU influences on their sleeves. They’re the Thor: Ragnarok inspired Thor vs. Hulk: Champions of the Universe, and The Immortal Iron Fists, which has portrayed Danny Rand to far more critical acclaim than the Iron Fist Netflix series.
In Covington’s takeover of Black Panther: Long Live the King, he will be joined by a new artist, Mario DelPennio. The two will start their tale with issue 3 and conclude it with issue 4. The duo will take over for the series’ original creative team, Nnedi Okorafor and Andre Lima Araujo. That pair will return, however, after Covington and DelPennio’s story finishes. It will be up to Okorafor and Lima Araujo to finish the limited series with issues 5 and 6.
However, Covington and DelPennio’s adventure seems to be a self-contained story. It will follow T’Challa in two time periods. One as a young teenager and the other, of course, as an adult being Black Panther and king of Wakanda. As Black Panther, T’Challa must deal with a monster that is tearing through his country. At the same time as king, he’ll be trying to help his nation rebuild after a great political upheaval. This alone seems like a great testing ground for the MCU Black Panther. T’Challa is, after all, a new king after the death of his father in Captain America: Civil War. No doubt, Wakanda will be in a bit of disarray in Coogler’s MCU movie.
Of course it will be up to both the Black Panther film and the comic itself to determined if Covington and/or Coogler has a future telling stories about T’Challa. For now though, Marvel is putting a lot of faith in the people who made Creed. Given the quality of that movie, it’s all very exciting and promising for Black Panther fans.
Covington’s run on Black Panther: Long Live the King begins Wednesday, January 10.
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