The death of Chadwick Boseman has altered the path of the MCU and changed the landscape of investing for collectors and investors alike. Disney is re-thinking the MCU after his death and you would be wise to re-think your plan of investing now as well.
A hole in the MCU
The news of Chadwick Boseman’s death caught me completely off guard. How could something like this happen? A great actor who took a long-established character from my beloved comic books and brought him to the screen. I was amazed at how true to character his portrayal was to my comic version. A regal king who walked with a swagger of royalty one moment on screen, and yet the next moment he was an “everyman” fighting others and himself to live up to a legacy that he at times seemed destined to lose. He was going to be one of the tent poles of the next phases of the MCU and his involvement would lessen the blow of losing Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. He had a bright future and the MCU was in good hands.
The death of Mr. Boseman now creates a hole in the MCU and this will affect where investors are throwing their money. Already Shuri is where most people are investing their money as the potential heir to the Black Panther birthright. Her first appearance in Black Panther Vol. 4 Issue #2 has already seen price increases overnight.
If you are looking to hit the lottery with this book you better have listened to others on this site and purchased this book a few months ago. The water is filled with investing sharks and everyone has this book on their menu. Another book being targeted by this ravenous group is the JSC Cover from Black Panther Vol. 5 Issue #1.
Bringing up the rear seems to be Issue #5 which is the first full appearance of Shuri as Black Panther.
Shuri as Black Panther?
People believe Shuri will be the Black Panther in the next movie and that is where their money is right now. If you are seeking long term growth these books may be peaking right now with the news so fresh in everyone’s mind. If you wait to make your purchase after emotions have cooled you may see a better return on your initial investment, but with the prices so high right now even that return may not be that great. There may be another option out there that you may be able to speculate on that may not be as safe as Shuri, but that one day may really pay off in the MCU.
Time to Rethink?
Adam: Legend of the Blue Marvel #1 is the first appearance of a character that has a history with established characters in the MCU. The print run was very low on this book as were other issues in the series. Already I am liking this book for that reason alone, but the fact that this could be a new character that might be re-written in the MCU history makes the writer in me see a soft introduction in the film for this character. Possible cameos by Evans or Downey Jr. showing the Blue Marvel was present for their fight against Thanos would go a long way to setting up this character in the MCU. This may be the hero the MCU now needs.
Realize that Shuri could be risky for Disney in that seeing a new character take on the mantle of a beloved hero whose actor suffered a tragic death might be viewed negatively by audiences. A new character that could fill the vacuum left in the MCU by the loss of Black Panther, Iron Man and Captain America may be a safer bet in the long run. He is also fresh enough for fans to allow creative license by any director who gets to use this character. A low print run with potential for a future in the MCU already has some savvy investors picking up this modestly priced book while others are busy in the Shuri pool. If he ever appears in the MCU this book will be priced out of the reach of many collectors.
A sad death has a whole universe right now in chaos. Everyone has focused on one thing and thus the timing may be wrong to be a buyer for Shuri items at inflated prices because of FOMO, but the Blue Marvel may be vulnerable to a lack of interest from collectors and speculators and pay off later. With a low print run, this may be a very good buying opportunity that some (raising my hand) may be trying to take right now.