The character of Black Panther stands as one of the most loyal heroes of the Marvel Universe. Committed to the betterment of his country of Wakanda and its people, he does his best to keep their interests in mind. Not only does he vehemently protect his country – he also strives to ensure it will have a bright future for generations to come. Educated in various forms of combat, strategies, and technologies, the Black Panther serves as a distinguished representative of the throne of Wakanda and her people.
Though considered one of the more honorable heroes of Marvel, Black Panther has made his share of mistakes over the years. Granted, he has not committed heinous crimes such as murder, however, he has come very close to compromises his integrity to satisfy his own needs (and pride). Surprisingly, there have been a few instances where murder was not out of the question. Sometimes being too proud can really get you into trouble. In this article, we will explore some of Black Panther’s lower points in his history in Marvel Comics. Though not all of his mistakes have been too severe, they still lead us to question some of his choices in his life.
From nearly killing his one-time friend to abandoning the loves of his life, here are the 16 Most Despicable Things Black Panther Has Ever Done.
16. He Used The Fantastic Four As Fight Practice Dummies
The first introduction to Black Panther showed him as a powerful and proud leader. With his interests focused on the advancement of his people, T’Challa always made decisions that would put the welfare of his people first. After obtaining the title of Black Panther, he decided to test his strength to ensure he would be a worthy warrior for his country. However, he did not engage in practice fights with members of his kingdom.
He decided, instead, to invite the Fantastic Four to Wakanda as practice dummies in Fantastic Four issue #52! In order to test his skills for an upcoming battle with Klaw, he took down each member one by one just to see if he could! Not the politest way to make a formal introduction to your future allies.
15. Threw Deadpool out the window
It is kind of alarming to think about the number of people that have actually tried to kill Deadpool. Between his enemies, allies, and partners, numerous characters have tried to end the life of the Merc with A Mouth.
Add to that list a deadly attempt by the Wakandan king Black Panther. In Deadpool vol 4 issue #15, the sarcastic assassin wanted to see for himself how powerful Ulysses really was. He broke into the Ultimates headquarters but was eventually discovered by Black Panther.
Beaten to nearly an inch of his life, the fight ended when Black Panther threw him out of a window! After being tossed out like yesterday’s trash, Deadpool noted that Black Panther was yet another hero he did not care for. You think?
14. He Only Joined The Avengers To Spy On Them
Black Panther eventually left the confines of Wakanda to begin his life as a hero with various characters of the Marvel Universe. Most notably, he became a member of the heralded Avengers.
Though he became a mainstay within the group itself, his initial intentions for joining the group were not that honorable. He eventually joined the group in The Avengers #52 with other aims in mind. He planned to spy on them and assess their true skill levels. Wary of greedy enemies and alleged “allies” that lived outside of Wakanda, he used his newfound trust to gain access into the group to investigate their intentions. However, he soon learned that Captain American and his teammates were indeed on the side of good and did what they could for the betterment of society.
He eventually abandoned his espionage plan and accepted them as his friends.
13. Broke Up with His First Fiancée Without Explanation
Though Storm is the most recognizable partner in Black Panther’s life, his first love was actually a woman named Monica Lynne. The two first met when she saved him from drowning after an encounter with Killmonger. He also saved her from an insidious plot by the Sons of the Serpent. The two eventually began dating and fell in love.
In fact, T’Challa proposed to her and made plans to marry her. The two, however, were not meant to be and Black Panther called off the engagement. Unfortunately, he never gave her a real reason why.
In a very “it’s not you, it’s me” move, he broke up with Monica to pursue other personal interests. Monica was heartbroken and never fully recovered from their relationship.
12. Became A Puppet For Doctor Doom
Known for his dedication to his people, Black Panther has always made decisions that not only benefit his country but the safety of his people as well. Though he may have joined numerous hero groups over the course of his years, his commitment to Wakanda has hardly ever faltered.
During the events of Marvel Knights 2099: Black Panther issue #1, however, readers got a glimpse into a version of Black Panther with some questionable loyalties. In this alternative universe, K’Shamba reigned as the current Black Panther of Wakanda. Doctor Doom attacked the country and killed many of his people. However, Black Panther faced the villain bravely and eventually defeated him, bringing an end to his invasion of the county.
In the end, however, readers were shocked to find out that the fight has all been a ruse and K’Shamba actually served Doctor Doom.
11. He Voted to Shoot The Hulk Into Space
Known for his brilliant technological and strategical mind, Black Panther made for the perfect candidate to join the Illuminati, Marvel’s team of intelligent heroes. In one of his early meetings with the new team, the heroes were faced with the ongoing problem of the Hulk. Informed by Maria Hill that immediate actions needed to be taken to stop the Hulk’s destruction, the Illuminati brainstorm solutions to stop him.
In a surprising decision, they conclude the best way to deal with the Hulk was to shoot him into space. Wow! As they vote on their heartless plan, there are two hold-outs: Charles Xavier and Namor. That’s right, Black Panther was down to send his friend into space to get S.H.I.E.L.D. off of their backs. What these heroes won’t do to save the world, huh?
10. He Tried to Manipulate His Own Future By Saving His Future Self
Though Black Panther is usually focused on the well-being of others first, he once tried to use his powers for the benefit for his own future. After using the time-manipulating relics King Solomon’s Frogs, he inadvertently created an alternative version of himself.
Varying greatly in demeanor and personality, this futuristic “Happy Pants” version of Black Panther suffered from a terminal brain aneurysm. Since this version was from 10 years into his future, Black Panther realized he was destined to meet the same fate. In a desperate try to manipulate his own future, he cryogenically froze this version of himself in an effort to save him.
Incidentally, this was the real reason behind his eventual breakup with Monica Lynne – though he never revealed the truth to her. Honestly, would she have believed him if he told the truth?
9. He Agreed To Brainwashing Captain America
Given his initial experience with the Illuminati, no one expected Black Panther to team-up with the group again. However, surprisingly, T’Challa was the one to reform the group for his own plans.
During the events of New Avengers, the team decided to bring an end to the Incursions that were destroying parallel universes. With the use of the Infinity Gauntlet, they managed to stop the destruction of one universe but subsequently lost the Infinity Gems in the process. The team developed new strategies to halt the Incursions that were very dubious in nature. With Captain America a part of the team, however, they would never get him to agree to their plans.
Their solution? Brain-wash Steve, with the use of Doctor Strange’s magic, so he forgot their discussions and left the group.
8. Drove one of his Dora Milaje Crazy
The history of the Dora Milaje has been problematic from the start. Known as both the wives-in-training and bodyguards for the king, their roles as concubines made many readers very uncomfortable. In fact, this aspect of their history was removed from the world of the upcoming Black Panther movie, thankfully.
In the comics, however, Black Panther promised his that he had no intention of seeking any physical relationships with them. Unfortunately, he broke this promise and kissed Nakia, one of the members of his guard. Though he was misled to do so under the influence of Mephisto, his affections tapped into her secret crush on her king. She became obsessed with him and attempted to kill his girlfriend, Monica Lynne, by ejecting her out of a plane.
Black Panther banished her from his guard for her crime. She later turned into the villain Malice thanks to Killmonger. Yeah, love hurts.
7. He Annulled His marriage With Storm Without Telling Her
The history between Storm and Black Panther dated back to his days as a young man training to become the next ruler of Wakanda. During a walkabout, he received help from a young Ororo and eventually fell for her. However, his dedication to throne far exceeded his love for Storm, so they parted ways. Years later, the two rekindled their romance and eventually wed.
By the events of Avengers vs. X-Men, the two spouses found each other on opposite sides of the fight. The people of Wakanda found Storm’s decision to support her colleagues over her tribe unforgivable. Black Panther decided that this betrayal was enough to end their marriage and ceremoniously annulled the marriage himself – without telling his wife! He would later deliver this information in a very cold-hearted way…
6. Then Broke The News in the Middle of a Battle with Her
AVX: VS vol 1 issue #5 finally brought Storm and Black Panther face to face during the struggle between these two teams. After a devastating blow to Wakanda by Phoenix Namor, Storm showed up to check on their well-being and to speak to her husband.
He coldly informed her to stop coming to the city and that the Wakandans were no longer her people. He advised that her decision to side with the X-Men had forced him to have the high priest of the Panther clan to annul the marriage.
Utterly heartbroken over the news (especially since he was the high priest), she finally agreed to the end of their marriage. Not only did this conclude the union of two powerful heroes but also the first marriage between two black superheroes in the Marvel Universe.
5. Attacked Divine Justice while Hallucinating
As part of the outcast Jabari tribe, Queen Divine Justice eventually took a spot in the coveted Dora Milaje for both her protection and the reestablishment of her people in Wakanda. She proved herself to be a strong member of the group and served Black Panther to the best of her abilities.
However, she eventually fell in love with Vibraxas while serving as the king’s betrothed/bodyguard. She tried to keep the secret of her Dora Milaje status a secret from Vibraxas, but the truth was eventually revealed. In a fight between Vibraxas and Black Panther, Man-Ape ended up destroying the future Black Panther being held in a cryogenic state.
T’Challa then hallucinated that Divine was actually Magneto and attempted to kill her. Realizing his mistake, he eventually gave up his throne and retreated to New York to reflect on his mistakes. However, before leaving, he released Divine from the Dora Milaje so she could live her life with Vibraxas instead.
4. Accidentally brought the Fantastic Four to an apocalypse
King Solomon’s Frogs, a treasured relic in the Wakandan kingdom, often brought nothing but suffering to their users. Unpredictable in nature, the frogs could help the user move through time and space. In one such use of the relic, Black Panther unwittingly sent himself, members of the Fantastic Four and Storm on an unusual trip.
During their initial journey, the group first encountered a zombie invasion on the parallel version of the Skull homeland. The Galacti, which were zombified Marvel heroes, eventually destroy the entire planet with Black Panther and company included. Thanks for getting everyone killed, Black Panther!
This just goes to show you that no one should be playing with Black Panther’s toys because they might just get you screwed over, in more ways than one.
3. Defeated Iron Man By Shutting Down his Artificial Heart
There have always been undertones of rivalry between Tony Stark and Black Panther throughout the years. While they both admire each other’s capabilities, the two have very contrasting backgrounds and morals. Both men are vastly intelligent, have developed ingenious technology and are incredibly rich (with Black Panther being the wealthiest in the Marvel Universe).
However, during an encounter with paradox versions of the heroes in Black Panther #45, Stark got a glimpse into the side of Black Panther that opposes him. During a battle with the paradox version of Iron Man, Black Panther employed some stealthy technology to take down his enemy. In particular, he used a device that essentially shut down his foe’s artificial heart. After the fight, the real Stark is shocked to learn that Black Panther had such specific technology made just for his weakness.
2. Built Special Weapons to go after Namor the Sub-Mariner
It is hard to believe that, at one point, Black Panther and Namor the Sub-Mariner were actually friends. Since their initial falling out, the two have been at each other’s throats time and time again. Their hatred for one another came to an unsettling head during New Avengers issue #22.
In this issue, Black Panther was determined to bring an end to his long-standing rival. During the course of their fighting, he used exclusive technology designed to kill Namor specifically! Taking the time to develop weaponry to kill someone specifically is on a whole new level of hatred. Unfortunately, for Black Panther, he was unable to fulfill his task but promised to continue his goal of bringing an end to Namor before he died. Yikes.
1. What he did to Sabretooth
One of the long-standing enemies of the X-Men, Sabretooth actually went toe-to-toe with Avenger Black Panther in the alternate universe Earth-58163. In the pages of Black Panther vol 4 issue #7, Sabretooth worked as an assassin for Magneto. He used Sabretooth to take out many of his enemies including Graydon Creed (his own son).
In his next mission, he was assigned to take down one of Magneto’s long-time enemies, Black Panther. Confronting the king in his own country, Sabretooth fought with Black Panther in a bitter battle. However, T’Challa took advantage of a weakened Sabretooth and promptly decapitated him. As if this death weren’t worse enough, he then celebrated his victory by shipping the severed head to Magneto. We had never seen such a ruthless version of Black Panther and, frankly, we were not ready for it.
What do you think is the worst thing Black Panther has done? Let us know in the comments!
Black Panther: 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Dora Milaje
Black Panther is one of the fiercest characters to exist in Marvel Comics. Although the hero himself has been unmatched in many of his battles, he would not be as fearsome without the strength of his guards. The Dora Milaje (which means “Adored Ones”) entered the Black Panther mythos in the 1990s.
Originating from each of the rival tribes in Wakanda, these women represent the strongest and bravest warriors in Wakanda. Not only do they serve as his personal bodyguards but are also potential queens for their king if he chooses one of them.
Their significance to Black Panther’s story has not gone unnoticed. Fans received their first glimpse at the group’s inclusion into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the character Ayo, sen in Captain America: Civil War at T’Challa’s side, her appearance marked the first on-screen depiction of his guard.
With the release of Black Panther, fans finally witnessed the true power of the Dora Milaje in action. Given their significant to the storyline, we expect to see more of the Dora Milaje in the future MCU movies. In this article, we give an in-depth exploration of this dominant team and their evolution over the years from the comics to the big screen.
Here are 15 Things You Didn’t Know About Dora Milaje.
15. Black Panther’s Original Guards Were Both Men and Women
Black Panther debuted in Marvel Comics in 1966 as the first superhero of African descent in modern American comics. Introduced in Fantastic Four vol 1 issue #52, he brought with him a rich history of African traditions legends from the fictional land of Wakanda. However, in his early days, he was not under the protection of the Dora Milaje. His guard consisted of both male and female warriors for some time.
In fact, the Dora Milaje did not debut until 1998 in Christopher Priest’s Black Panther “The Client” arc in Vol. 3 issue #1. Only then did readers learn about his newly established all-female guard. Their history has since been retconned and included throughout the history of not only T’Challa but other previous Black Panther title holders as well.
14. Their Establishment Was A Political Move
The coveted title of “Black Panther” held great significance in Wakanda. Not only was the title holder the leader of the Panther tribe but they also ruled over the other tribes in the country. The greatest warriors from these tribes competed tirelessly to try to secure the title for their people.
This competitiveness led to rivalries that even Black Panther could not control.
To bring some form of unity to the Wakandan tribes, the Dora Milaje consisted of 18 women from the rival tribe factions. Their presence served as a symbolic unification of the Wakandan tribes and helped to quell these rivalries. The number of women in Dora Milaje fluctuated based on the needs of the king. During the Civil War storyline, as many as 500 women served in order to protect Wakanda at the time.
13. The Dora Milaje Serve As “Wives in Training”
Though the Dora Milaje served as a symbol of unity, their positions within the kingdom were not merely superficial. The women selected to serve the Black Panther represented the best of each of their tribes. Skilled in various arts of combat and weaponry, they served as the some of the deadliest bodyguards in the entire kingdom. Wherever Black Panther traveled, the Dora Milaje followed nearby. In addition to protecting the king, they also served the roles of “wives-in-training.” Since each member represented one of the rival tribes, any one of them had the potential to be the next queen and represent her tribe on the throne. The members of the Dora Milaje protected not only the reigning king but also their potential future husband.
12. This Tradition Dates Back Many Years in Wakanda’s History
Initially, the concept of the Dora Milaje only existed since the 1990s. However, their existence was retconned and included in events that have taken place in Marvel Comics’ past. One such example can be found in the events of Black Panther/Captain America: Flags of Our Fathers comics.
During this storyline, readers witnessed the first time Black Panther and a young Captain America met. However, in this timeframe, King Azzari the Wise, T’Challa’s grandfather, reigned as the current Black Panther. The Dora Milaje stood by his side and fought with them as the heroes battled Nazis during World War II.
After their initial encounter ended with the two heroes fighting, they resolved their differences and worked together to defeat Red Skull and his army, with the Dora Milaje joining as well.
11. T’Challa removed The “Wifely” Duty Requirement
Though they served several Black Panthers in the past, the tradition of the Dora Milaje came to an end briefly. T’Challa chosen to break tradition and found a potential wife outside of the Wakandan tribes. He was engaged to American singer Monica Lynne and began preparations for their wedding. However, due to circumstances in his personal life, he had to call off their engagement expectantly.
He decided to reinstate the group with specific changes to their duties.
In the past, the Dora Milaje were expected to fulfill all responsibilities of a wife, including… pleasing their king. However, T’Challa changed this tradition for his group. Instead, he treated the women more as daughters than potential wives. Though he loves the women, he did not have plans to have any sort of physical relationship with any of them.
10. Okoye introduced a secret language to the Dora Milaje
Though 18 members of the group existed, Marvel Comics only spotlighted a few of the members over the years. One such member, Okoye, debuted in the 1990s with the introduction of the group. She worked as the valet for Black Panther at the time.
Okoye came from the J’Kuwali tribe of Wakanda and served in the most traditional sense in the Dora Milaje. Though prepared to be a concubine to the king, as the tradition dictated, the change to a more sisterly role never became an issue for her. In addition, she chose to only speak in the Hausa dialect when addressing Black Panther.
This language became the standard for members of the Dora Milaje, used only to talk to the king or other members of the Dora Milaje.
9. Nakia’s Obsession With T’Challa Made Her A Villian
Nakia, on the other hand, never accepted her limited role as part of the Dora Milaje. Early on, she developed a crush on T’Challa and wanted to act on her feelings for him.
Hailing from the Q’Noma Valley of Wakanda, she debuted alongside Okoye in the 1990s. Over time, her feelings for her king grew until, one day, her crush turned into an obsession. While under the influence of Mephisto in Black Panther vol 3 issue #3, T’Challa kissed Nakia. Her feelings for him turned to unbridled jealousy as she attempted to kill his then-fiancée Monica Lynne and lied about her death.
Disgusted by her actions, Black Panther banished her from the group and his kingdom.
After leaving, she was tortured by his enemy, Achebe, for some time. Later she was rescued by another enemy, Eric Killmonger, who trained her to be his protégé, the new villain Malice.
8. Two Dora Milaje, Ayo and Aneka, fell in love
Aneka served as the trainer for the Dora Milaje to prepare them for the Doomwar. However, her time with the group was cut short due to her activities outside of the tribe. Back in her village, a noted chieftain regularly victimized the women in the community. Unable to stomach his crimes any longer, she killed him. She was ceremoniously stripped of her title with the group and arrested for her crimes.
Her fellow Dora Milaje member Ayo tried to speak up on her behalf at her trial, but she remained sentenced to death. The two women loved each other profoundly and were romantically involved. Ayo could not bear to see her love wrongly imprisoned.
Ayo freed Aneka from capture, and they escaped together.
As they were both exiled from the Dora Milaje, they formed the elite warrior group the Midnight Angels.
7. The Midnight Angels Helped Deadpool Take Down Doctor Doom
Despite being formally removed from the Dora Milaje, the Midnight Angels remained a close ally to both Black Panther and the people of Wakanda. During the events of the 5-issue Doomwar comics, Doctor Doom managed to steal all of the Vibranium from Wakanda.
Unable to recover the resources, Black Panther decided to hire the group of vigilantes to assist Deadpool in his mission. They officially debuted in Marvel Comics in Doomwar vol 1, issue #5. Since Doom had control over any items containing Vibranium, the elite group created armor that did not contain the valuable metal.
Led by Teela, the head of the Midnight Angels, the team helped in the battle against the villain at the Symkarian and Latverian. Though tasked with killing Doom, along with Deadpool, the team assisted in defeating him without shedding any blood.
6. Queen Divine Justice Didn’t Know About Her Wakandan Heritage
Queen Divine Justice, aka Chante Giovanni Brown, came from the outlawed Jabari tribe. Known for worshipping the White Gorilla, her tribe became the main rivals for the Panther tribe to claim the Black Panther title. Their best warrior, Man-Ape, was considered the second strongest warrior in the country next to Black Panther.
The conflict between the two tribes led to her parents being killed in their fight for power.
Under the guise as the granddaughter of one of T’Challa’s warriors, she moved to Chicago without knowing her true heritage. Once Nakia lost her spot with the Dora Milaje, Queen Divine Justice became the next candidate to take her place. In fact, Black Panther came to Chicago personally to invite her to take her place in his guard and bring further resolve to the two tribes’ conflict.
5. T’Challa attacked Queen Divine Justice
Queen Divine Justice’s time living in a platonic position in the Dora Milaje soon left her vulnerable to seek affection elsewhere. During her time in the post, she fell in love with Vibraxas. In order to pursue her interest in him, she kept the truth of her Dora Milaje position a secret. Once revealed, a new battle ensued between the Jabari and the Panther Tribe.
Instigated by attacks from a revived Man-Ape, Black Panther fell into a state of hallucinations and despair. He attempted to wipe out the Jabari tribe in a fit of anger, including almost killing Queen Divine after Justice mistaking her for Magneto. After realizing his grave error, he freed her to pursue a life with Vibraxas and gave up his powers as king.
With the council now in charge of his tribe, Black Panther left for New York to reflect on his life.
4. They Learned Specialized Techniques To Battle Doctor Doom
The Dora Milaje became involved in the battle against Doctor Doom during the events of the Dark Reign arc. However, their first encounter with Doctor Doom turned out detrimental to the team. After two members of the group died in battle, the women became heartbroken and suffered due to the loss.
At the time, T’Challa’s sister, Shuri, held the title of Black Panther after a failed assassination attempt on her brother failed. She decided to better prepare them for the battle with a more specialized fighting technique. Focused on countering Doom’s technology and magical abilities, the Dora Milaje prepared for their inevitable rematch against the villain.
Armed with enhanced armor and improved fighting techniques, Shuri and her warriors were ready to face their enemy once again.
3. They Left T’Challa For Queen Shuri During The Infinity Wars
The Dora Milaje lived to serve the king of Wakanda with no hesitation. They dedicated their lives to Black Panther and the protection of Wakanda. Though a few members have been removed from their position, most of the warriors maintained their membership in the group. However, their dedication to their king wavered during the events of the Infinity War storyline.
In New Avengers vol 3 issue #12, the Dora Milaje questioned why Black Panther had not come to the assistance of Wakanda during the battle. Unbeknownst to them, his mission with the Illuminati required secrecy from even his own people. However, after claiming his focus on Necropolis and the fight there were deemed more important, they broke their spears in defiance of their king.
His sister, Queen Shuri, then banished him from the kingdom and took the Dora Milaje under her watch instead.
2. Their Concubine History Was Removed From The Black Panther Movie
The introduction of Ayo into the MCU in Captain America: Civil War led many fans to believe that the full Dora Milaje would finally make their onscreen debut. Though fans loved the idea of these elite warriors being included in the Black Panther mythos, some were hesitant given their unsettling history.
Though, in the comics, T’Challa did not indulge in the concubine aspect of the group, this tradition still sullied the otherwise revered group of women. We reported earlier this year that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler decided against including this sour part of their history in the new movie.
Producer Nate Moore shared explained that the concubine element was “… part of the original Christopher Priest run where they were all betrothed which we felt wasn’t necessary to tell the story of the Dora and in a way we all kind of rejected as being a little creepy.”
1. Ayo and Okoye’s relationship was deleted from Black Panther
The romance between members Ayo and Aneka became the focus of the World of Wakanda comic book series. Written by Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey, the series explored their first meeting and their lives together as former members of the team. A similar relationship almost formed in the Black Panther movie between Ayo and Okoye.
Screencrush reported that “in the rough cut of this Black Panther scene, we see [Danai] Gurira’s Okoye and [Florence] Kasumba’s Ayo swaying rhythmically back in formation with the rest of their team. Okoye eyes Ayo flirtatiously for a long time as the camera pans in on them. Eventually, she says, appreciatively and appraisingly, ‘You look good.’ Ayo responds in kind. Okoye grins and replies, ‘I know.’”
Unfortunately, the scene never made it into the film and was cut entirely. Hopefully, their relationship will be introduced and explored in future MCU films.
Do you have any other Dora Milaje to share from Black Panther? Let us know in the comments!
The Walking Dead: Lauren Cohan Joins New TV Show Ahead of Season 9
The chances of Lauren Cohan returning for season 9 of The Walking Dead are looking slimmer than ever, as the actress has signed on to star in a new ABC TV show pilot, Whiskey Cavalier.
Though Lauren Cohan’s Maggie has grown into one of The Walking Dead‘s strongest characters, fans began to worry when it was reported earlier this month that Cohan has received multiple pilot offers from various networks, and could depart the show after season 8 when her contract expires. Cohan reportedly wanted her salary to be closer to her male co-stars, Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, but AMC was unwilling to meet her demands. Fans were able to breathe easier once it was reported that Cohan was in “active negotiations” to return for season 9.
TVLine reports that Cohan is attached to Whiskey Cavalier, an action-dramedy pilot from ABC. Cohan will play the female lead opposite Scandal‘s Scott Foley. Produced by Bill Lawrence, Foley’s character is an FBI agent who has to work with a “quick and cunning” CIA operative (played by Cohan) to lead an inter-agency team of spies to save the world while “navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance, and office politics.”
The Walking Dead showrunner Scott Gimple says he’s “incredibly hopeful” that Cohan and AMC will be able to work out another deal, but he acknowledged that her departure is a possibility. “These things do happen in TV,” Gimple said.
If Maggie were to be written out of the show or killed off, it would be a major blow to fans. Maggie’s husband, Glenn (Steven Yuen), who had been on the show since the beginning, was brutally murdered by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in the season 7 premiere. Maggie was devastated, but his death made her stronger. Maggie usurped Gregory (Xander Berkeley) as leader of the Hilltop and is on a “path of vengeance” against Negan and the Saviors. With Carl, another mainstay of the group, on his way out, it’s understandable why AMC would want to hold on to Maggie for a while longer.
The news certainly raises alarms for The Walking Dead fans, as it increases the unlikelihood of Maggie’s return. However, it doesn’t make Cohan’s exit from the series a certainty. Whiskey Cavalier is only in the pilot stage and may not be ordered to series. Cohan’s future on The Walking Dead will become more plain when ABC announces its fall lineup.
The Walking Dead returns Sunday, February 25 at 9pm ET on AMC.
Jon Bernthal Wants Kingpin & Barracuda On The Punisher
The Punisher actor Jon Bernthal would like to take on Kingpin and Barracuda one day. A Punisher TV series was originally considered back in 2011, but once the character’s rights reverted back to Marvel Studios in 2012, the studio began considering ways to incorporate the anti-hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That finally happened with Bernthal making his debut appearance as Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, in Daredevil season 2 in 2016.
Bernthal’s portrayal was so captivating that audiences vigorously campaigned for Netflix to give the character a spinoff series. The Punisher TV series finally premiered in November 2017 and garnered overwhelming critical acclaim – both for its story and for its actors and actresses’ performances. So, it wasn’t long before Netflix decided to renew The Punisher for season 2, which is slated to enter production quite soon. But when it does, who will Frank be going up against this time around? While it seems like The Punisher may be moving away from drugs and into human trafficking rings, it’s still unclear who the main villain is. If Bernthal had his way, though, he knows who he would have on the show.
Jon Bernthal joined a few cast and crew members from The Walking Dead on the 2018 Walker Stalker Cruise last month, where he held an hour-long Q&A session with the passengers. One passenger asked which comic book characters would Bernthal like to interact with on The Punisher, and he knew exactly which characters he wanted to see: Kingpin and Barracuda.
“Barracuda. I’d like to see Barracuda. I’d really like to get back in with [Vincent] D’Onofrio, with Kingpin. I mean, there’s so many twisted characters. But you know, I’m really eager to see… ah, sh*t, I’m gonna get in trouble. Let’s just see what happens, man. Let’s just see what happens.”
Not much is known about The Punisher season 2 at the moment. Cameras are expected to start rolling on the series’ sophomore season in New York sometime in February 2018, but the actual story and character details still remain unknown. As previously mentioned, leaked character descriptions suggest that The Punisher season 2 may be adapting The Slavers story arc from the comics, but that won’t be confirmed until at least production begins.
Considering how secretive Netflix is with their properties, though, it’s possible that audiences won’t know exactly what to expect from The Punisher season 2 until the streaming giant starts marketing the second season. Still, it’s worth pointing out that Punisher showrunner Steven Lightfoot also namedropped Barracuda as a character he would like to see in season 2, so it’s possible that the villain will make an appearance at some point down the line. As for Kingpin, D’Onofrio is reprising his role as the street villain in Daredevil season 3, which may leave the door open for him to transfer onto The Punisher season 2.
The Punisher season 2 does not have a premiere date yet.
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