Storm Marry Black Panther? Nah, Says Dark Phoenix Star

Alexandra Shipp, who returns as Storm in Dark Phoenix, says no thanks to walking the aisle with T’Challa.

One of the highest profile romantic relationships in Marvel Comics history was that of Black Panther/T’Challa and Storm/Ororo Munroe, with the ruler of Wakanda and one of the most powerful mutants in the world eventually getting married in Black Panther #18 in 2006 — only for the marriage to be annulled five years later.

The X-Men, including presumably Storm (currently played by Alexandra Shipp, who made her debut in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse), are now destined to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point following the Disney/Fox merger. While promoting what is likely to be the last Fox X-Men film in the current continuity, Dark Phoenix, Shipp was asked during a chat with Den of Geek and other outlets at WonderCon if she’d like to see the wedding of Black Panther and Storm come to the screen.

“No,” she replied firmly. “I don’t think Storm needs T’Challa. She needs her own movie. It doesn’t have to be me. A woman does not need a man in order to give her validity, and she has also been around longer than him and she’s more powerful than him. She don’t need vibranium, honey.”

(Technically Black Panther, who first appeared in the comics in 1966, has been around longer than Storm, who debuted in 1975. But perhaps Shipp was thinking of the movies, in which Storm did beat the Panther into theaters by some 18 years.)

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So Shipp is not interested in wedded bliss for Ororo and T’Challa, even if she’s not the actress putting on the wedding gown. As for whether she would like to continue in the role should Marvel Studios want to retain any of the current X-Men players, Shipp is equally outspoken:

“I would and I wouldn’t, because like Storm barely has anything to say as it is,” she says. “It would be really nice if we weren’t piled into yet another jam-packed cast in which you only see me in the back of a shot, like a fucking sasquatch. You know what I mean? It’d be nice if we could narrow it down.”

Should Storm get her own movie? Something to ponder for the future perhaps. Dark Phoenix, meanwhile, is out in theaters June 7.

Don Kaye is a Los Angeles-based entertainment journalist and associate editor of Den of Geek. Other current and past outlets include Syfy, United Stations Radio Networks, Fandango, MSN, RollingStone.com and many more. Read more of his work here. Follow him on Twitter @donkaye