Today, Marvel Comics have published the first half of a Black Panther Prelude ahead of the upcoming release of a Black Panther movie. Overseen by Marvel Studios, it tells a story that first Black Panther earlier into the Marvel Cinematic Universe – but also introduces two characters from the comics continuity into the MCU as well.
First we see the former Black Panther, T’Chaka, watching a clip from the first Iron Man film as Tony Stark admits to being Iron Man.
While we get a snatch of the Wakandan language.
If “N’cos” means “thank you”, that’s very close to the Xhosa version, “encosa”. It’s been observed that in Captain America: Civil War, members of the Wakandan delegation spoke Xhosa to each other.
Xhosa is a Nguni Bantu language with click consonants and one of the official languages of South Africa, spoken by approximately 7.6 million people, or about 18% of the South African population. It’s only native to South Africa and Lesthoso, the country completely surrounded by South Africa. While many African languages share aspects with each other, it’s not yet clear why it’s the Wakanda language of choice.
But then we have two characters, as this comic is overseen by Marvel Studios, joining the MCU. Douglas Scott and Zanda.
Douglas Scott is better known as Razorfist, a martial artist and assassin whio, in the comics, lost his hands and replaced them with blades. He was created by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy for Master Of Kung Fu in 1981.
While Zanda, or Princess Zanda, was created by Jack Kirby for Black Panther #1 in 1977, the ruler of the African nation of Narobia, who was often in conflict with T’challa.
Will either appear in the movie? It’s unknown. But they are now part of the continuity…
BLACK PANTHER PRELUDE #1
(W) Will Pilgrim (A) Annapaola Martello
Wakanda. The most technologically advanced nation in the world – and protected by the mighty BLACK PANTHER! Learn how T’CHALLA became the legendary hero of Wakanda in this ALL-NEW, NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD tale set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! See how the mantle was passed to the future king, in a time when super heroes were just emerging in the larger world, before this winter’s BLACK PANTHER film hits theaters!
Rated T In Shops: Oct 18, 2017