Marvel's Dark Ages Restores Storm and Black Panther's Marriage

Dark Ages returns a powerful Marvel marriage to comics.

Penned by writer Tom Taylor and brought to life by artist Iban Coello, Dark Ages is a limited series that tells the story of what would happen if the entire world lost electricity and power, altering day-to-day life as it was known to everyone. However, villains in Europe scheme to bring about the apocalypse, causing refugees to flee the continent to Africa, where they are greeted by the X-Men's Storm. In a preview for Dark Ages #4, Storm is not only revealed to still be alive in this version of the Marvel Universe, but married to her former love, King T'Challa of Wakanda, the Black Panther.

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The Marvel power couple haven't been romantically involved in comics since 2012, after Black Panther annulled their marriage within the pages of Avengers vs. X-Men #9. The two had been on opposite sides in the series, which also featured the destruction of Wakanda, with Black Panther upset that Storm sided with the X-Men. Though Black Panther has been seen in Dark Ages before this issue, Storm has not made an appearance in the six-issue series until now.

The restoration of the two's marriage is not the only status quo change that Dark Ages has made, also returning another iconic family relationship to this universe. The premier issue of the series showed that Peter Parker aka Spider-Man and Mary Jane Watson were still together and even had a daughter, May Parker. In the main 616 universe, Peter and MJ sacrificed their marriage to the villain Mephisto, also resulting in May not being born, a result which the current Amazing Spider-Man run revealed was the devil's plan all along.

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Still, the reunion of T'Challa and Ororo (Storm) shows a series development other than loss or impending doom. Many characters have been killed off in the series before this point, including Scarlet Witch, the Thing, Doctor Strange, Hawkeye and more. In the recent Dark Ages #3, the Human Torch aka Johnny Storm was killed by a mind-controlled Quicksilver, with Sue Storm unable to save her own brother. The full preview and solicitation for Dark Ages #4 can be found below.

DARK AGES #4 (OF 6)

Dark Ages #4 is written by Taylor with interior art by Coello, colors by Brian Reber and letters by VC's Joe Sabino. Main cover art was done by Coello and Frank D'Armata, with variant covers contributed to by Mike McKone, Morry Hollowell, Pete Woods, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer and Jason Keith. The issue goes on sale Jan. 12 from Marvel Comics.

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Source: Marvel Comics

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