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Marvel’s Black Panther motion comic removed from iTunes

Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther?

Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther?

Marvel’s Black Panther: Who Is the Black Panther? motion comic has mysteriously disappeared from iTunes, the PlayStation Network and other outlets after just three episodes. It’s also been removed from the motion comics section of the publisher’s website, which now only features listings for Iron Man: Extremis, Astonishing X-Men: Gifted and Spider-Woman.

Marvel declined comment. However, there’s speculation the company may not have had the rights to digitally distribute the 12-episode Who Is the Black Panther?, which was produced in partnership with BET Networks.

Announced in April 2008 as an animated adaptation of the story arc by Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr., Who Is the Black Panther? was set to debut on BET in early 2009. Despite boasting an all-star cast that includes Djimon Hounsou, Jill Scott, Kerry Washington, Alfre Woodard and Stan Lee, the series never aired on BET. It had its world premiere in January 2010 on Australia’s ABC 3.

The project had seemingly fallen off the map until last month, when Marvel announced the release of Who Is the Black Panther? as a motion comic under its Marvel Knights Animation banner. The series was heavily promoted online and with ads in Marvel comics.

The first episode debuted on June 23 on iTunes, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Zune and the PlayStation Network, with new installments promised weekly. However, the fourth episode, which should’ve been released last Wednesday, never materialized.

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12 episodes?I thought they were only 6?

Did anyone get it? Was it good?

sad for was looking forward to checking it out. though not surprised given how not only Marvel has not ever included the black panther for film. but then the animated series never airs and now the motion comic is gone.something is looking like Marvel may be having real trouble with the black panther like maybe some how not having the rights to one of its own characters to use in other media. that or maybe Disney has some plans for the king of Wakanda of their own.

one may have to think the black panther is cursed.with all that has been going on with Marvel trying to put the character into other media

There are 2 possible reasons why the BP animated series/motion comic was pulled from the itunes store.

1. low sales

2. Because the series is going to be part of the upcoming MARVEL KNIGHTS prime time “animated” series aimed at adults. I strongly believe (but I could be wrong) that this MK series will be nothing more then an anthology series featuring Marvel motion comics, which is exactly what the BP “animated” series was.

The Black Panther has shown up in the animated movie Ultimate Avengers 2… in fact the story revolved around him

I saw episodes of it a few years back its terrible and i was hoping they would finally do something good with the black panther

I’m baffled why they would pull it. How much does it cost to host a digital download on iTunes?

I saw episodes 2 through 6 of Black Panther The Animated Series online, and I personally loved it. The “motion comic” animation style is a unique format, and I actually thought they included great attention to detail. I really enjoyed the storylines and characters.

The voice actors are top notch – Djimon Hounsou, Kerry Washington, Alfre Woodard, Jill Scott and Carl Lumbly?!

I’m looking forward to the DVD release. Google the title, and judge for yourself.

I’m also upset that they pulled a great animated comic off, I’ve seen 2-6 its a reality kicker and very gud for African youth to see a cartoon comic hero that represents them…How disappointing.

Well lets face it, the graphic novel had alot of anti American dialog in it. And in today’s America the term “freedom isn’t free” takes on a whole new meaning. My theory is that disny said we dont want this to represent us. And since shafting anything African American has been a long tradition in this country, its easier than ever. Seriously who going to protest the ethnic cencorship of a black character who lives in a fictional country on what America wants to believe is the most degenerate continent in the world. Dont get me wrong i love stan lee for co-creating this character, and for putting himself in this project. To me that shows how objective he really is. But as a nation America does not want to see a self relient, inteligent, outspoken, black character in a position of power, who is not dark, and not shady. These are the ideals that disny will uphold because they do not want to step on any American toes. So until this nation desides they want to promote all the ethnicities in its culture except just one. perhaps more side kick roles, and morally decrepid senarios are best fitting to keep characters such as the Black Panther in play…

It was great. And I mean GREAT. Aside from a couple of small gripes (Wakanda is baadaass, can put off the entire world but gets completely tripped up by some really weak villians? Suspension of disbelief anyone? And the depiction of US President at the end is too much like GW Bush not BarObama), the series is incredible. Time well spent with a great theme song. Solid grade-A material.

BTW It’s on Netflix now.

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