Priest vs. King!
“Cup O’ Joe” triumphantly returned to New York Comic Con on Friday, October 5, but this time around it was a little different. Marvel Chief Creative Officer and former Editor-in-Chief usually spends his eponymous panel hyping up future comics projects, but chose instead this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking line he oversaw, “Marvel Knights.”
Along with Punisher writer Thomas E. Sniegoski and jack-of-all titles Jimmy Palmiotti, Black Panther writer Christopher Priest was on the panel, where he recounted the story of his time on the set of the blockbuster, runaway hit movie partially based on his work.
“I don’t know what the rules are,” Priest said, saying he had to ask a crew member if it was okay to talk to Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman on the film’s set. By the time Priest got the go-ahead, Boseman had already spotted him.
“The guy runs over and hugs me,” Priest said. He was very pleased to meet me.”
Priest told the audience that Boseman reads and loves the comics, and acknowledged that the Black Panther film is more of an amalgam of all the comics material, and if it had just been his run, it would have been more like “Lion King with superheroes.” Though he wouldn’t have had it any other way.
“I think the casting was pitch perfect,” Priest said. Michael B. Jordan might have overshadowed Boseman a bit in his role as Erik Killmonger, “but a good villain will always do that.”