Marvel have spoken with ‘Fantastic Four’ writer Jonathan Hickman where the ex-King of Wakanda, the ‘Black Panther’ is due to hit the spotlight in ‘Fantastic Four #606’, due out May 23. Marvel’s First Family may never be the same again. It all revolves around the worldwide lack of a certain precious metal found only in Wakanda.
“I absolutely love some chunks of what Christopher Priest did [with The Black Panther]. I thought Jason Aaron did strong work on his Secret Invasion issues. Heck, I can go through and pick out good things that everyone who’s worked on the character has done. Certainly Reginald Hudlin, who set up most of the current status quo, and certainly David Liss, who just wrapped up the most recent run. But if you exclude the Silver and Bronze Age stuff—which, for me, was really a dissimilar time with wildly different expectations and parameters—and look only at modern runs of Black Panther appearances, it’s obvious that we haven’t nailed it like we want to. By that, I mean the Black Panther should be huge, one of our bigger characters. Hopefully everything we’re planning for this year can result in us achieving that.”