| > > Remember, Marvel pretty much admitted that one of the reasons why they had Black Panther and Storm get married was so they could increase comic book readership among women and African Americans. |
> I've often complained about how much of a shoe-horned publicity stunt Peter and Mary Jane's wedding was. Black Panther and Storm's was even worse. There really was no to it other than "Hey, they're both African! And they had a thing in a one issue guest appearance comic from over 20 years ago!"
The key difference was that at least Mary Jane was a long standing supporting character in the Spider-Man comics and that there was enough history between Peter and MJ (including an earlier proposal of marriage) that at least made the idea of them getting married a bit more plausible. As opposed to all the retconing Marvel had to do to make T'Challa and Ororo "destined to be together" (which apparently included Storm losing her virginity with T'Challa when she was twelve or thirteen, which also was apparently the first step in her controlling her powers, if you could believe it). Not to say that Peter and MJ's marriage wasn't a rush-job publicity stunt, mind you.