Black Panther has always been a favorite superhero for me. He has the kind of backstory that you don’t normally get in comics, it’s lush and filled out. He also has extra responsibilities that most heroes and mutants don’t have to worry about. Plus, he married Storm and made her a queen. 10 million bonus points.
Here are the reasons Black Panther is the coolest Marvel character.
T’Challa’s powers derive from Bast’s blessing. The leader of Wakanda isn’t given the title and the abilities simply for being king. T’Challa had to pass tests in order to claim his right to the powers that help protect his people. While he has aligned with both The Avengers and the X-Men, Wakanda will always come first for him. He is a true leader that cares about his people. I cannot wait to see this translate into the film. Chadwick Boseman plays a fantastic Black Panther, giving this character a feature film series is just a great idea.
While in the comics T’Challa loses his father at 8 having the character lose him in Civil War brings all of that pain to the forefront. In the movie, we will see a man that is struggling to learn how to manage grief and new responsibilities.
We still have time to catch up on the most important parts of his journey thus far to get the facts before the movie. According to the Marvel Encyclopedia Updated and Expanded Edition, the essential storylines for Black Panther are:
- Jungle Action #6-18
- Black Panther Vol. 4 #14-18
- Black Panther Vol. 5 #1-6
In these volumes we see T’Challa return from the US to fight off Erik Kilmonger’s plan to steal the throne, marry Storm, and a broken Black Panther who sees his sister Shuri take up his mantle.
I am SO EXCITED to see these women get their Marvel lore expanded in the movie. Not much is known about them outside of they are taken from every Wakandan tribe, royal guards to the king, possible marriage fodder as they are the elite Wakandan women. On the screen, we can see the warriors they truly are.
Representation matters in every form of media. Luke Cage killed it on the small screen and Black Panther will mean so much to so many people. The movie sold more advance tickets than any Marvel movie to date. The title was previously held by Captain America: Civil War, the movie that introduced T’Challa and his abilities.
The action in this film is going to prove to be the best yet for Marvel. Get thyself to Fandango and buy yourself a ticket. It’ll be more than worth it. I stake my nerd card on it.