Ta-Nehisi Coates To Pen Black Panther Comic For Marvel


The darling of literary world, Ta-Nehisi Coates has just secured a sweet gig.

According to reports, the author of Between The World and Me, a letter to his son about being black in America, will pen a new black panther series for Marvel set to premiere next spring.

Coates, most known for his work with The Atlantic, is a self-described comic nerd and while some deem this literary venture as left of center for the man who wrote the 2014’s “The Case for Reparations,” Coates seems to think otherwise.

I don’t experience the stuff I write about as weighty,” he said to The New York Times. “I feel a strong need to express something. The writing usually lifts the weight. I expect to be doing the same thing for Marvel.”

The new job offer came about after Coates interviewed Sana Amanat, a Marvel editor who’s responsible for the new Ms. Marvel character,  a teenage Muslim girl living in New Jersey. The conversation, which Coates describes as “fruitful” led to his latest venture with Marvel.

The Black Panther comic book character was created in 1966, the same year The Black Panther Party was founded, and is a native of the fictional Wakanda country in Africa. Black Panther will soon come alive on the big screen as well. Played by Get On Up’s Chadwick Boseman, he’s set to make his debut in Captain America’s: Civil War in 2016, and then for his own film in 2018.

Congrats to Coates!