T’Challa’s character was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War (2016). We now get to see the character evolve in Marvel’s ‘first’ upcoming movie release of 2018, Black Panther. It will also mark the superhero’s solo movie debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
After the death of his father T’Chaka – the King of Wakanda, T’Challa returns home to inherit the throne and to serve and protect his people – as King and Black Panther.
Needless to say, he is rigorously tested as both. But before the film’s release, let’s take a look back at this prominent Marvel character and how it shaped up.
Albeit there were other black heroes before him, Black Panther (now personified by Chadwick Boseman) is widely regarded as the first black superhero to make his way into mainstream comics – thereby also making the movie one of the most, if not the most, culturally significant movie Marvel has ever made.
As for the place he hails from, Wakanda is a fictional technologically advanced African Nation in the Marvel Universe. Home to some of the most valuable resources, it yields Vibranium – the near-indestructible metal that is used to make Captain America’s shield. While Black Panther’s look bears similarities to Batman, the character is super smart like Tony Stark (Iron Man), highly trained in combat like Steve Rogers (Captain America) and utterly royal like Thor. An agile Avenger and fighter, Black Panther can punch far beyond his weight.
After acclaimed films like Fruitvale Station (2013) and the Rocky franchise hit Creed (2015), director Ryan Coogler will climb up the money chain and step into super-sized boots of mayhem to make Black Panther. It is the first time a comic book movie featuring a black superhero will be made by a black director. The story will explore a whole new cultural setting through Wakanda and Black Panther.
This eighteenth installment of the MCU is likely to pick up from where Captain America: Civil War left off and lead us into the next Avengers movies.
Black Panther makes his big screen debut on February 16, 2018.
– Varun Kumar | Enterapped