Warning: Spoilers for S.W.O.R.D. #8!
Black Panther and Storm have always been the most iconic romantic pairing in Marvel Comics. Although their dynamic was not equal, it has become now. The Regent of Arakko and The King of Wakanda have always been a person of interest in the comics and fans have been waiting for their reunion. And finally, it’s happening!
Now that both have major responsibilities on their shoulders, they have a better understanding of each other. Although they have never been official since their time from Avengers Vs. X-Men, readers have always seen them as soulmates. With the recent plot developments, readers might just be right!
S.W.O.R.D. #8 by Al Ewing and Guiu Vilanova
The latest installment of the Marvel comic shows Storm becoming the new leader of the planet Arakko. This has increased her responsibilities as a leader and the whole world is looking at her for leadership. Similarly, Black Panther #25 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and more shows increased responsibilities of the King of Wakanda.
Despite their increased responsibilities and the weight of their crown, they are still very much in love. They still call each other “beloved.” And there are moments in King In Black: Black Panther one-shot by Geoffrey Thorne and Germán Peralta, where the King of Wakanda is torn between helping Storm and protecting his people from symbiote’s invasion. These developments clearly show that it is a great time for both to reunite once again.
Storm and T’Challa: Why are they iconic characters?
On one hand, Storm is extremely powerful, even before she joined X-Men. In fact, she was treated like a goddess. And the recent political upgrade and increase in responsibilities, she has become more influential. She has been a hero and Wakanda’s Queen but these responsibilities have always created a dynamic that’s different from her husband and her people.
On the other hand, T’Challa has changed the meaning of Black Panther and king with his expansion of the Wakandan kingdom. Although the relationship between T’Challa and Storm has always been based on love, his duties as king always came first. This was significantly evident during their separation in Avengers Vs. X-Men. And his responsibilities as the king of the Intergalactic Wakadan Empire have increased.
Although their responsibilities as rulers have increased, their love is still alive. And if recent plot developments are to be seen, they just might reunite in Marvel Comics.