Black Panther is finally being brought to the big screen in his own solo film, which hits theaters on February 16. Since we are way too hype about this film and we thought we should really pass this time in a constructive manner, we are going to rundown everything you need to know about the Black Panther.
Created by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby, Black Panther made his first appearance in Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #52 in July 1966. With his debut, he broke the color barrier as the first black superhero in mainstream comics, making way for other heroes of color such as Falcon, Luke Cage and DC Comics’ Jon Stewart. The Black Panther has always stood out from his superpowered peers, mostly because his origin story is so unique. After the death of his father, T’Challa inherits not only the throne to the (unfortunately) fictional country of Wakanda, but also the title of the Black Panther and along with it, a sworn duty to protect Wakanda and its people. The Black Panther name is passed down from generation to generation, but Wakandan tradition says it must also be earned through a series of trials that includes besting the champions of rival tribes. After passing these trials, T’Challa earned the honor of eating the Heart Shaped Herb which gave him superhuman senses, speed, strength, reflexes, agility, durability, and stamina. Also, depending on who’s writing him in the comics at a particular moment, T’Challa’s powers are also derived from a supernatural connection to the Wakandan Panther God, sometimes even being granted the knowledge and strength of every past Black Panther.
T’Challa is a master martial artist, gymnast, and is so intelligent and highly educated he has a PhD in Physics and is said to be one of the ten smartest people on the planet. As impressive as T’Challa is in his own right, we need to talk about where he gets those wonderful toys. Wakanda has the world’s largest reserve of vibranium, the same shock
absorbent metal that Captain America’s shield is made of. Since vibranium is very rare and versatile, Wakanda is
extremely wealthy and is the most technologically advanced country on the planet, which explains the hi-tech design of his uniform. Made of vibranium weave, it’s more than bullet proof, it is so indestructible that T’Challa regularly throws himself off of tall buildings and speeding vehicles without getting so much as a scratch on him. His retractable vibranium claws also add to his ability to pull of hardcore parkour acrobatics and are so sharp that they can cut through other metals with extreme ease.
So what’s next for our hero in the MCU? Before his death, his father T’Chaka expressed his wishes for Wakanda to end their isolation from the world and it appears T’Challa will work towards making that a reality. This will go against centuries of tradition and will likely, not be met with overwhelming support. Wakanda’s isolation meant the country was allowed to flourish without ever being conquered or affected by colonialism. Footage from the “Black Panther” and“Avengers: Infinity War” trailers indicate that Wakanda will have a much bigger role to play not
just on the global stage, but possibly on a cosmic scale. That’s it for this week and we hope you’ll join us for our next video where we’ll discuss the other characters you should know like T’Challa’s brilliant sister, Shuri, or his personal bodyguards, the famed Dora Milaje. Make sure you like and subscribe!