The Black Panther is finally coming to the MCU. After what seems to be an age of development hell he is going to feature. It is a move that is way overdue. Not because Black Panther is a great superhero but he is also an icon. He is one of the first mainstream superheros that is actually black.
Black Panther first appeared in the Fantastic Four issue #52 as a guest. He then appeared in Captain America: Tales of Suspense #97. Panther made numerous guest appearances for the Avengers, Daredevil and Spiderman.
Black Panther got his first solo in Jungle Action #5 in July 1973. His series received critical acclaim throughout its three year run.
T'Challa aka Black Panther in his first solo comic.
Black Panther then went on his second feature involving a very sensitive issue. Panther was going up the Ku Klux Klan. Editor Dwayne McDuffie stated..
This overlooked and underrated classic is arguably the most tightly written multi-part superhero epic ever. If you can get your hands on it ... sit down and read the whole thing. It's damn-near flawless, every issue, every scene, a functional, necessary part of the whole. Okay, now go back and read any individual issue. You'll find seamlessly integrated words and pictures; clearly introduced characters and situations; a concise (sometimes even transparent) recap; beautifully developed character relationships; at least one cool new villain; a stunning action set piece to test our hero's skills and resolve; and a story that is always moving forward towards a definite and satisfying conclusion. That's what we should all be delivering.
Black Panther v The Klan.
However Jungle Action were in financial difficulties. Although Jungle comics were popular with the college students overall sales were low. Jack Kirby finally got Marvel to publish Black Panther again.
Since then Black Panther has had a sporadic time of long running Solos. But in recent years he has had a fruitful time in the Marvel roster.
In recent years he has been a mainstream superhero. Reginald Hudlin revamped Black Panther title "Who is the Panther?".
Hudlin revamped the Panther in 2005. Ever since the Black Panther is a continuous character in Marvel now.
With Marvel releasing their All New All Different lineup. Black Panther is a prominent member of this. He is getting his own solo and is part of the new Ultimates.
Black Panther is part of the new Marvel universe!
Panther is now part of the Ultimates.
So now MCU are doing a feature length movie. Black Panther will be played by the excellent Chadwick Boseman. Boseman will be playing a major icon who is without doubt a huge character. So with Panther joining the MCU here are six facts that we can expect from Black Panther.
1. Black Panther is the King of Wakanda.
T'Challa is the King of Wakanda. This goes down from generation to generation. T'Challa took over from his father T'Chaka. Black Panther leads by example by fighting when his people are threatened. He is a diplomat for Wakanda also. T'Challa will look for a peaceful resolution before fighting. He teams up with the Avengers to help people all over the world when needed. T'Challa is an expert hand to hand in combat. He had a sixth sense. Black Panther has animal instincts as he can communicate (at times) with wild animals. He has strength and durability much greater than the average human.
King of Wakanda.
Vibranium is a "Anti-Metal that is near impenetrable to break. It is the same metal that designed Captain Americas shield and other components.
Captain Americas Shield.
A different variety of Vibranium found in Wakanda absorbs soundwaves and other vibrations, including kinetic energy. It was discovered by the Wakandan king T'Chaka, father of the Black Panther T'Challa. To protect this resource, he concealed his country from the outside world. T'Chaka funded his country's education by occasionally selling off minute quantities of the metal. As a result, Wakanda is one of the world's most technologically advanced nations. Black Panther himself uses the Vibranium to construct weapons for combat.
Wakanda native Gentle discusses Vibranium.
Black Panther in his Vibranium suit and Ebony blade (Vibranium also).
3. We will see Wakanda.
Due to its isolation and intentional isolationism, Wakandan technology has, until recently, developed entirely independently of that of the rest of the world. As such, the design philosophies and methodologies are different, and often incompatible, with conventional equipment. In some areas, Wakanda is ahead of the rest of the world. For example, Wakandan computer technology is much more powerful than that of the rest of the world, and is completely immune to outside hacking, as it is not based on binary electronics; it can, however, emulate the behavior of such electronics at hugely enhanced efficiencies, allowing it to easily hack almost any conventional systems. Vibranium was used liberally in Wakandan technology. T'Challa has openly wanted Wakanda to correspond with other nations. Since he has become king, Wakanda has worked with USA, Britain, Australia, Brasil etc.
Wakanda is the pillar of the African continent.
4. T'Challa has close ties with Captain America.
Captain America has been to Wakanda in the second world war. Rogers had close ties with Azzuri (T'Challas grandfather). Since Rogers has come back he has formed a close friendship with T'Challa (which begs the question who will he side with). However at the start both were conflicted due to Rogers not understanding why Wakanda was so isolated. T'Challa was equally protective of Wakanda at the time so when the two eventually met, they fought until it is deemed a tie. After a while they became close allies just like Azzuri had with Rogers.
T'Challa v Captain America. A scene we might see in Civil War.
Azzuri and Captain America in 1944.
5. Explore the residents of Wakanda.
The Black Panther is not the only notable resident in Wakanda. There are a number of prestigious characters in this.
N'Tomo. A prize fighter and resides in Wakanda.
Man-Ape. Fierce warrior, second only to T'Challa in combat.
Shuri. The first female Black Panther.
Killmonger. Sworn enemy of the Black Panther. No doubt he will feature in the solo.
Gentle. A timid man who can produce mass strength that would equal Juggernaut.
These characters we will undoubtedly see in the future.
6. Black Panther is the ultimate role model for black people.
T'Challa is not only a great superhero but he conducts himself in a positive manner. He is the richest man in the world worth an estimated £500 billion. He made his fortune from trading Vibranium. He is very intelligent and is deemed one of the smartest man in the world. Smart enough to compete against Reed Richards, Tony Stark and Doctor Doom.
Chadwick Boseman has the guile to play T'Challa.