Anderson Cooper is the newest Marvel Comics character. Yes, the CNN anchor is appearing in Black Widow #12 in November, working as a “catalyst for a major event in Black Widow’s journey,” writer Nathan Edmondson revealed on Marvel.com.
Marvel has a history of using real-world people in their comics when a little grounding is necessary. Even President Obama appeared in a Spider-Man comic.
Edmondson said that this time around, Cooper is an antagonist to Black Widow.
”as a result of the way in which he exposes her and some of her actions, we’re going to see some pretty significant things change in her world. We will more importantly see a fundamental change within her as she has to face a world that is now increasingly aware of her. It’s Anderson doing what he does best: looking for the truth and reporting on events. We imagine that in Black Widow’s world, as would be the case with many other Avengers, things she does can’t be ignored by the media and all it takes is somebody who knows how to ask the right questions to make her world very uncomfortable for her but in a way that is perhaps not unjust.”
The writer met Cooper after finding out the anchor is a comic book fan. When he asked for his cooperation (and likeness), Cooper went through the proper steps and it was “all nice and easy,” thanks to mutual excitement.