‘Black Panther’ Unveils Lexus Partnership Ahead of Comic-Con (Exclusive)
Veteran writer Fabian Nicieza is penning a graphic novel in which the superhero will use the automaker’s latest to thwart a villain.
Black Panther is a scientific genius who can outrun a car, so it takes some fine automotive engineering to impress the superhero.
To that end, Marvel Studios is unveiling a partnership with Lexus on its Black Panther, with the automaker's 2018 Lexus LC being featured in the film. The two companies are kicking off the partnership with an invite-only party at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday with a performance from DJ Lulo Cafe and a mystery headliner.
“Marvel continuously captures audiences through charismatic characters and inspiring stories — the ideal fit for Lexus’ mission to craft amazing, engaging experiences,” said Brian Bolain general manager, Lexus marketing. “And the LC’s aggressive styling, high performance and agile handling are a perfect fit for the Black Panther’s quick, cat-like reflexes and superhuman feats. We’re excited to see the duo in action.”
There will also be a graphic novel from famed X-Men writer Fabian Nicieza and cover illustrations by graphic artists Scott “Rahzzah” Wilson and Szymon Kudranski. Appropriately, the comic will feature Black Panther defeating a villain with the help of the Lexus LC 500.
“This campaign clicked from the get-go,” said Mindy Hamilton, Marvel’s senior vp global partnerships. “We have this bold, sophisticated hero stepping into the spotlight for the first time, and it’s been a blast to work with the Lexus team to build out a story that’ll familiarize fans with T’Challa as well as his advanced home nation of Wakanda.”
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as the Wakandan superhero and is directed by Ryan Coogler. It opens Feb. 16, 2018. If you are at Comic-Con, expect to see the superhero in person during Marvel’s Hall H panel Saturday evening.
To celebrate Supernatural’s 15th season, the producers have decided to hold a contest to cast an unknown in a recurring role as Sam’s rumored love interest. They are doing open casting calls all over the country. Your best friend Nikki wants to go and she drags you along.
A/N: My inspiration for Nikki is the one and only Red, AKA@oriona75. So I am actually telling two stories here, Jared and Readers, and Sam and Gemini’s. It flips back and forth, so try and keep up! :)
Characters: Jared Padalecki, Reader, Best friend Nikki(OC) Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Mark Pellegrino, Rory Montgomery (OC), PA Emily (OC) Cliff, Other Supernatural cast and crew
A/N: The song the reader sings during karaoke is A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. It’s one of my Favorites.
“Great, there goes my chance to break it to Nikki gently that Mindy’s here!” I said to Jared.
“This can’t be good,” Jensen said quietly. “I’m gonna go get Misha.”
Jared and I found Nikki standing by the bar, her hands on her hips, glaring at her sister. “I asked you what you’re doing here, Mindy. I know there is NO way Y/N invited you!”
“Would you lower your voice, please?” Mindy demanded. “I’m representing the family. And I’ve told you before, I go by Melinda now.”
Nikki snorted derisively. “Whatever, MINDY. Why are you REALLY here? You’ve never given a shit about me my entire life! You couldn’t be bothered to come meet Misha when he visited Philly, and you expect me to believe you flew to Vancouver out of the kindness of your heart? Bullshit!”
Mindy rolled her eyes at her younger sister. “Still holding on to that crap from when we were younger, huh Nik? Are you ever gonna let that stuff go? We were dumb kids. It’s ancient history. Let it go…. Move on already.” She tossed back the rest of her drink and signaled the bartender for another.
Nikki got right in Mindy’s face. “You’re not fooling me for a second with this “the past is the past” crap. Your just looking to meet someone famous. Your still as mean and as petty and as shallow as you were in high school.”
“You’d better grab Nikki before she loses it and decks Mindy! Where the hell is Jensen with Misha?” Jared said worriedly.
I patted his arm. “Don’t worry Babe, I’m on it! Mindy doesn’t scare me anymore. Can you go find Emily and bring her here, please?”