Two of Marvel's biggest up-and-coming stars will enter "Marvel Legacy" in October, as writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Leonard Kirk bring the movement to the renumbered Black Panther #166 (and bring back T'Challa's old nemesis Klaw), while writer Margaret Stohl and artist Michele Bandini will explore (and redefine) Carol Danvers' origin story in Captain Marvel #125.
"I love continuity, I love past Black Panther stuff, I love bringing in history. I think already in the next issue that’s about to come out, you’ll see past characters return," Coates told Entertainment Weekly of how Black Panther will embrace the "Marvel Legacy" concept. "The climax of last 'season' had all these former Black Panthers who come aid the country in fighting the rebellion. So it’s not a huge stretch for me to reach back and place him in the context of 'Legacy' in terms of Wakanda."
One of the ways Black Panther will embrace that history is bringing back Klaw, the Vibranium-obsessed supervillain that killed T'Challa's father. Deeper threads for how Black Panther himself ties into the overall picture of "Legacy" will be found in Marvel Legacy #1, according to Coates.
Meanwhile, Captain Marvel #125 will move in a different direction, more directly leaning into the past by revisiting Carol Danvers' origin - and making sense of some of the more convoluted aspects of how she became a hero.
"The heart of Carol’s origin story is her family, and it’s so much simpler and so much bigger than the pieces that have been told before," Stohl explained. "'Dark Origin,' our 'Legacy' story arc, will take Carol down a pretty terrifying wormhole back to her own past, setting up an epic confrontation that she’ll be dealing with in one way or another for the next two arcs. It’s an epic story Marvel editors Sana Amanat, Joe Quesada, and Axel Alonso have been brainstorming with me since our last creative summit, and I’m super excited to get to tell it."
Both Black Panther #166 and Captain Marvel #125 are expected to be released in October. Here are the solicits for both issues:
BLACK PANTHER #166
TA-NEHISI COATES (W) • LEONARD KIRK (A)
Cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE
KLAW STANDS SUPREME Part 1
Black Panther’s greatest foe has returned – Ulysses Klaw is back and ready for war! Can T’Challa defeat the man who killed his father all while his country struggles to its feet? And as war looms, Wakanda’s gods have disappeared. Enter the Originators! The former gods are back — but what are their intentions for a land that has forgotten them?
PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and a TBA artist!
CAPTAIN MARVEL #125
MARGARET STOHL (W) • MICHELE BANDINI (A)
COVER by PHIL NOTO
DARK ORIGIN Part 1
As Captain Marvel, CAROL DANVERS has traveled to almost every inch of the planet – and beyond! Now she’s heading to somewhere uncharted, where there’s no familiar face to be seen except for…her own! Join Carol on her new cosmic journey through the past and future as Captain Marvel takes flight in an adventure you won’t want to miss. The earth-shattering secrets of her Dark Origin are finally revealed, and the Marvel Universe will be forever changed. PLUS: Includes 3 bonus MARVEL PRIMER PAGES! Story by Robbie Thompson and a TBA artist!