Meet T’Challa. King of Wakanda, and newest Avenger.
In just under a week Marvel’s newest and highly anticipated feature, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, will hit American theaters and entire populations will finally exhale. So, in honor of the Russo Bros’ premiere, Cinema High will be featuring spotlights on both #TeamIronman and #TeamCap characters. Today’s spotlight: Black Panther.
One of the most recent additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and already slated to an eponymous solo feature film in 2018 with Chadwick Boseman (GODS OF EGYPT, 42) reprising him, Black Panther is set to steal the show in CIVIL WAR. The division of the Avengers will share the plot with Panther coming to America from his royal throne in Wakanda, Africa to hunt down Bucky Barnes for his crimes committed against his kingdom while under Hydra’s control.
That’s right, I said throne. For unfamiliar fans, the comic-book version of Black Panther, or T’Challa to his friends, is part of a long lineage of warrior chieftains ruling the Panther Tribe of Wakanda, a technologically advanced African country living in shrouded solitude from the rest of the world, but thriving on their monopoly over the global market for vibranium, an excruciatingly rare and valuable mineral. Accompanying T’Challa’s genius intellect is his fluency with hand-to-hand combat mixed with animal-themed fighting styles. He additionally possesses enhanced speed, strength, reflexes and superhuman senses thanks to ingesting a ceremonial, mystical, heart-shaped herb, one poisonous to anyone outside T’Challa’s royal bloodline. This also forges a magical connection between the current Black Panther and the Panther God of Wakanda.
Add the brains with the braun, and then wrap the whole thing in a nearly indestructible, vibranium-weave, full-body suit of armor equipped with razor claws of the same metal. As explained in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, vibranium possesses the ability to absorb incoming energy (bullets, blunt force, punches) and is rumored to be as strong as–if not stronger–than adamantium (the metal coating Wolverine’s bones and claws). Years of internet threads can be found with compelling arguments from both sides, but an undeniable winner has yet to be declared. The suit is hereditary, passed down to the next Chieftain in line to inherit the mantle of the Black Panther, and makes T’Challa a brutal combatant and hunter.
After seeing the amazing reviews already coming out, I’m on the verge of giddy to see CIVIL WAR, but I’m over the edge with curiosity on the BLACK PANTHER film in two years. Will it feature his comic book wife, Ororo Monroe, aka Storm of the X-Men? Or could she even be an easter egg in CIVIL WAR?