OH MAN! Sit down and buckle up, you’re in for an awesome ride.
T’Challa of Wakanda is one of Marvel’s most undervalued characters! Born in Wakanda and educated abroad, T’Challa became the king of this African nation after the death of his father— and also through some mystical inheritance and trials and tribulations he became the champion of the cat-goddess Bast, giving him superhuman abilities along the lines of Captain America. As Bast’s champion he is the Black Panther, guardian of Wakanda. As T’Challa, King of Wakanda, he’s a pretty smart politician and a brilliant strategist and determined to establish his country as a global leader in technology.
Yeah, that’s right. Technology. You know Captain America’s shield and how it can withstand anything from bullets to Thor’s hammer without a dent? Wakanda has piles of it. Imagine Stark Industries’ R&D department, and then amplify that across an entire country. That’s Wakanda. It’s the most technologically advanced country on Earth, and T’Challa is right there at the head of it.
He can hack through Tony Stark’s security without breaking a sweat. He actually infiltrated the Avengers as Black Panther to test their capabilities and see if they’d be a threat to Wakanda, and ended up having them as legit allies. But that doesn’t mean he won’t kick their ass if he deems it necessary. No, this lawful neutral is going to do what’s best for his nation even if it means allying with villains on occasion…
And did I mention he’s smooth as fuck? Yeah, he marries Ororo Munroe AKA Storm of the X-Men, and they are the most BAMF couple you’ll ever see.
Essentially, he’s better than your faves. He’s as smart as Tony Stark, a political powerhouse, protector of the weak and with enough moral fortitude to match Captain America, and he’s tough enough and a good enough strategist to take down any Avenger or X-Men member or shape-shifting super Skrull. And he’s got enough sass to power the state of New York.
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ok so sharon carter is the niece of peggy carter, who in the main marvel comic continuity is a freedom fighter working with the french resistance during ww2. sharon grows up listening to her aunt peggy’s stories of the war, and is inspired to join SHIELD because of her. she does and becomes the ~talented yet mysterious~ agent 13 (20th century comics writing hooo boy).
she and captain america have a long and kind of complicated history. they work together, fall in love, he thinks she should quit her job because chauvinistic mid-century writing, etc etc. then she is seemingly killed off, but mark waid retconned that.
when she comes back, she is suffering from PTSD due to being held in captivity for months. she’s a more cynical, angry and resentful, believing she had been left for dead, but she forgives steve once she learns that he really thought she was dead. they work together again but don’t date. after her next boyfriend is killed by the winter soldier, and while she and steve are tracking him down, they get back together.
then her storyline kind of deteriorates, with a mind-control plot where she assassinates steve (don’t worry, the bullet sent him back in time!!!! comics!!!!!!) combined with a pregnancy plot where she ends up having to give herself an abortion. it’s all rather…….squicky, and really not the plot she deserves. but anyways, she and steve get back together when he comes back to life and the whole brainwashing/aborted pregnancy thing is conveniently erased from her memory.
sharon continues to fight alongside steve, and also is recruited to the secret avengers, and everything was going along swimmingly until rick remender came along and decided to kill her off in the exact same way she was killed off the first time. it doesn’t matter if he brings her back at some point (and he will), the fact is that sharon is about to make her debut in the marvel cinematic universe and she is currently dead in comics canon and I am PISSED ABOUT THAT.
sharon gets kind of a raw deal, both in canon and in fandom. she’s always written off as “captain america’s girlfriend” or “captain america’s bitchy girlfriend” depending on who you talk to and what their exact brand of terrible is. she gets a lot of hate, not only because she’s steve’s main love interest, but also because she’s a female character who isn’t “”“nice.”“” apparently she doesn’t ~smile enough~ to be likeable. and sure, she’s suffered from bad writing more than once (do not PLEASE DO NOT read rick remender’s captain america, for all that is beautiful in this world stay AWAY from that garbage book).
sharon is complicated, but just because she’s not sunshine and rainbows 24/7 that doesn’t mean she’s unlikeable. she’s driven, she has her own motivations and dreams and she never gives those up just for steve. she was inspired by her aunt, which is important because she’s a female character whose main role model in life is ANOTHER FEMALE CHARACTER. sharon is AWESOME, she’s got a super dry sense of humor and she’s snarky and she doesn’t put up with steve’s shit and she’s AMAZING and I LOVE HER
- mark waid’s run on captain america, starting with captain america vol 1, #444 (her initial return arc is collected here)
- secret avengers, warren ellis
- captain america and the secret avengers, a one-shot issue featuring the black widow and agent 13 kicking ass while steve sits home and does paperwork
- hmmm I guess ed brubaker’s captain america? like I said, sharon’s story line during this run suuuuuucks but it is the primer on everything that is modern-day captain america, and her personality isn’t written…poorly, she’s just screwed over by the narrative. two steps forward, one step back, ed brubaker. captain america: reborn features her having some really great moments with sam wilson, too.
- seriously, do not read rick remender’s captain america. please. I beg of you. don’t do it.