Black Panther and Storm look like they are the perfect couple. However, through various arcs and universes, their relationship was at most rocky and an emotional disaster that should never have happened in the worst case scenario. It is very likely that the couple may have a healthy, loving and mutually beneficial love story, but given their comic book history, their chances seem to be depressingly rare.
Part of this is due to how Storm itself has often been written in its interactions with T & # 39; Challa. The storm is sometimes depicted in a way that seems to be minimized as if it were destroying its authentic self. This could be due to the fact that you have to take on the weight of the queen's duties, but even with that, it could still be the storm that we all know and love. On the flip side of the coin, another reason why their relationship flattens is because of how T & # 39; Challa is written, sometimes like a king who happens to have a wife he never pays attention to. However, Dwayne McDuffie ran away Fantastic Four during the event The initiative showed us how T & Challa and Ororo can be together when both can be themselves.
The series begins with one of Marvel's most iconic couples, Sue and Reed Richards, who takes some time away from the team to work on their marriage after the events of the Civil War plot. The Wakandan Embassy was destroyed, which causes T & # 39; Challa and Storm to consider their offer to use the Baxter building as a temporary embassy. Over the course of seven issues, McDuffie does an excellent job describing the relationship between the ever-prepared Black Panther and the all-powerful Storm. Both husband and wife are allowed to shine in this series, as a unit and individually.
It's really fun to see Storm throwing himself into the action along with T & # 39; Challa. It is not that she was not involved when other writers incorporated her earlier Black Panther problems, but in this series, Storm is a bit more like the storm we're so familiar with during his time with the X-Men. It's not set aside while T Challa has to go out and have fun all in space. In fact, this time, it is she who suggests the team make a journey into space to get information from the observer on the disappearance of a body. Storm is calling some of the shots and taking the lead here as he often did with the X-Men. McDuffie does not fall into the trap of writing T & # 39; Challa as the only one capable of mind, with Ororo who also remembers T & # 39; Challa during one of his speeches "so this is what we have to do" that he met before The Watcher and knows how it works.
This series also shows how good the couple can be for each other. When the team meets Silver Surfer, the two have a brief but significant exchange after T & Challa tells the team to wear life support bracelets in case they lose the atmosphere. Ororo tells him that he is warming himself up for his "are ready, so you don't have to prepare" mentality after years of improvisation while with the X-Men. It is a moment of real emotion between two people who profoundly respect each other and the love between the two of them really jumps off the page. Storm continues to have the last word in this same issue. When T & Challa wants to give up on helping the planet Epoch be consumed by Galactus, Storm tells him that not helping is non-negotiable and not embarrassing it in front of his friends by continuing to disagree.
He didn't read at all how Storm is trying to ignore her husband's position. Instead, he remains in his same position but is equally respectful of T Challa as he begs him to go beyond the initial mission goal, even though they are not part of his original plans. They are both strong of mind but not stubborn, showing how good one can be for each other. This type of giving and taking occurs throughout the series and makes the relationship healthy and balanced.
The rest of the series is full of affectionate and warm moments between the couple, both in moments of off-duty underwear and in the scenes where they are in action as heroes. McDuffie even manages to create a T & # 39; Challa that admits his vulnerability when it comes to his wife. He goes so far as to show how the care of T & # 39; Challa can be emotional, through his words and actions. He admits to Reed Richards that he wouldn't have the ability to keep his commitment to approaching everything with an airtight plan if Storm was in trouble, much in the same way that Sue Storm was in trouble when she was being held. Storm calls him in his lie because he knows him too well, but it's still a good time because it's clear that his wife is his weakness, a detail that hasn't always been so obvious.
It is something we have not always seen with T & # 39; Challa and Ororo because they have often abandoned it for the greater good and the security of Wakanda in other narrative arcs. It is not difficult to wonder if he could ever put Ororo before his duty in his country, but since Storm was written as a woman who would not even make an eyelid in sacrificing himself to save him, it is extremely important to show that he could do the same. they deserve reciprocity when it comes to knowing if those willing to put everything on the line are ready to do the same in return.
McDuffie's respect for Storm and an understanding of her character are evident in her bow, and this creative empathy adds new layers to her and to the relationship of T Challa. It allows the reader to see how it looks when it is not minimized when it is with T & # 39; Challa or reduced to being his silent wife. Basically, his writing of T Challa as a loving husband who is able to give up power to his very capable partner is what really makes us want more of the couple together. Storm and Black Panther may be the pair of power we deserve when they are written to compliment each other, and McDuffie has shown not only that it is possible, but that it is refreshing when it happens.