I don’t think he’s going to be performing any superheroics, but we’ll have to wait a few months to find out for sure.
But yes, we’re talking about Anderson Cooper, the real life CNN investigative TV journalist, who apparently has a counterpart on Earth-616. In Black Widow #12, he’ll be investigating Natasha Romanov’s past and asking whether or not she’s someone the public can trust as one of the Avengers.
Writer Nathan Edmondson told Marvel.com that the actual Cooper is a comic book fan, which gave him the idea to incorporate the reporter into his stories.
I found that he was a comic book fan and reader and shared some of my work with him over a year ago. Then as we were strategizing upcoming issues of Black Widow I had this idea for an opportunity to involve him directly in the book. He was thrilled with the idea and we were thrilled that he was thrilled and so we set about setting the issue up and going through the steps for approval. Fortunately, it was all nice and easy and everybody involved was excited about the idea.
Cooper is hardly the first real life personality to be featured in the pages of Marvel comics, but it’s not something the company currently does too often, so it should be interesting to see how readers react to his appearance. Black Widow #12 by Edmondson and artist Phil Noto goes on sale in November.