Acclaimed author, cultural influencer and national correspondent for The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates, will be adding comic book writer to his long list of achievements. Marvel has chosen the National Book Award nominee to write the upcoming Black Panther series with artist Brian Stelfreeze next spring.
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“I don’t experience the stuff I write about as weighty,” he told 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.”
It also helps that Coates is a lifelong Marvel fan and has examined diversity in comics in his writing and that is how he landed on Marvel's radar. An interview he conducted with Marvel editor Sana Amanat at a publication-sponsored seminar in May led to the dream job. He credits his geekier pursuits including comics in helping to make him into the adult he is today.“It was mostly through pop culture, through hip-hop, through Dungeons & Dragons and comic books that I acquired much of my vocabulary.”
On May 6, 2016, the hero makes his big screen debut, played by Chadwick Boseman, in “Captain America: Civil War” followed by a “Black Panther” solo pic in 2018.
Source: New York Times