Long ago, a huge meteorite made of a rare mineral now known as vibranium, crashed landed in Wakanda. The first king of Wakanda, Black Panther Bashenga, harnessed the mineral and used it to nurture his nation. Thousands of years later, under the ruling of Black Panther T‘Chaka, Wakanda's level of technological and economic achievements continued to excel far beyond those of the traditional world.
T'Chaka concealed Wakanda from the rest of world to prevent it from being manipulated by outsiders. His first wife, N'Yami, died while in labor with Prince T’Challa. Years later, a Dutch scientist named Ulysses Klaw found a way into Wakanda, created a vibranium sound-based weapon, and used it to kill King T’Chaka. Prince T’Challa, only a child at the time, managed to turn the sound weapon on Klaw, destroying his right hand. Klaw fled the country, exposed Wakanda to the outside world, and vowed revenge.
Prince T'Challa would later become king after defeating his uncle, King S'yan, in a once-a-year ritual that allowed anyone of Wakandan royalty to become king/queen by defeating the current ruler in hand-to-hand combat. Given the fact that the ruling Black Panther possessed enhanced and superhuman abilities from digesting the Wakandan Heart-shaped Herb, the chance of an average man defeating a Black Panther was slim. However, T’Challa succeeded. He digested the Heart-shaped Herb, which gave him superhuman senses and provided him with enhanced agility, strength, and over all physical capability.
The Black Panther was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. His first comic appearance was in Fantastic Four #52 in 1966. The Black Panther is among the first mainstream black superheroes. He is comics first mainstream African hero, with Falcon being comics first African American hero.
Created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Black Panther, has traditionally been the warrior king of the hyper technologically advanced African nation, Wakanda. Using his superhuman senses of sight, smell, and hearing combined with his enhanced panther-like reflexes, he divided his time as a king and crime fighter. During the characters first debut, Stan Lee scribes the African hero defeating the American superhero team, the Fantastic Four.
Several years later, in 1968, Roy Thomas scribes the character's first appearance as an Avenger. In 1972, after the first four issues, the Black Panther becomes the titular character of Don McGregor's Jungle Action. McGregor's "Panther's Rage" is one of the most critically acclaimed stories of the Black Panther mythos. The co-creator of the Black Panther, Jack Kirby, would later go on to illustrate and scribe the hero's solo series in 1977.
In 1998, Christopher Priest began writing the Black Panther's following series. Priest modernized the character by building and expanding upon the Black Panther mythos mapped out by Lee and McGregor. In Priest's retcons of Wakanda, he established Bastet (the ancient Egyptian God) as the panther god that the Wakandans built their religious cult of the Black Panther around. Prior to this retcon, the Wakandan panther god did not have a name/origin. Priest's interpretation of the Black Panther is widely praised.
In 2005, TV/movie scribe Reginald Hudlin began writing the Black Panther. Hudlin's tenure retconned a lot of what was previously established about the character, as he rebooted the heroes adventures. However, major establishments, like T'Challa being a warrior king, all stayed true to the classic tales of the Black Panther. Hudlin's tenure on the Black Panther is the most commercially successful series of the Black Panther franchise. He also created Shuri, T'Challa's younger sister, who he would later scribe becoming the new Black Panther in 2009.
Major Story Arcs
Defeating The Fantastic Four
To test his powers, fighting skill, and genius, King T'Challa invited the American superhero team, the Fantastic Four, to Wakanda. The FF were amazed at the Wakandan man-made "techno jungle", commenting on how amazingly real the seemed. Although Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) knew it was man-made.
The Black Panther then attacked, neutralized, and defeated the Fantastic Four individually by using a combination of technology, built into his panther costume, and his superhuman panther like abilities, which he explained came from eating a rare herb and secret Wakandan spirit rituals. T'he Panther later revealed himself to be King T'Challa and apologized for attacking them. He explained that he wanted to test their abilities to see if they would make effective allies against Klaw and his mercenaries. They all became fast friends and allies.
Elsewhere, Klaw returned to Wakanda and began attempting to invade the country. He wanted to use Wakanda's rare substance, called vibranium, to turn sound into a weapon. With the help of the Fantastic Four and the Wakandan Military, T'Challa was able to defeat Klaw and his enforcement. T'Challa realized, the more Wakanda continued to excel into a technological powerhouse, the more grave the threats of world would bring his kingdom. He then pledged his fortune, his powers, and life "to the service of all mankind."
Becoming an Avenger
For the next several years, T'Challa lived two lives; one as crime fighter and the other as a king. The many threats to his kingdom continued, causing him to be cautious of super-humans. Now a hero, servicing all of mankind, he became curious of the Avengers. Unsure if they were a threat to humanity of not, T'Challa decided to investigate the group of super-humans by infiltrating their rankings.
When the Black Panther traveled to Avenger's Mansion, he snuck into the facility only to find that the Avengers were dead! Jasper Sitwell walked in moments later and by the looks of it, T'Challa had killed Goliath, Wasp, and Hawkeye. It is later revealed that the "Grim Reaper" had put the Avenger's trio in a death like stasis, framing the Black Panther. The Panther managed to defeat him and rescue the Avenger's trio. He was then offered membership to the Avengers, which he happily accepted. T'Challa would go on to have many adventures with the Avengers, becoming a veteran member, all whilst ruling to his kingdom.
While in Wakanda, T’Challa received word that a member of his American-based children's charity had been murdered in cold blood. In an attempt to console the young child’s family, he traveled to New York to investigate the situation.
Meanwhile, Micheal Achebe, a citizen of a neighboring Wakandan country called Ghudaza, initiated a coup d'état becoming Wakanda's usurper. Ghudaza was a midst a civil war and T’Challa protected some of its citizens by allowing them to live in Wakandan refugee camps. Achebe lived in one of those camps, which gave him access to Wakanda. With the help of the demon Mephisto, he was able to over throw T'Challa.
Mephisto’s gift to Achebe allowed him to manipulate the Wakandan people into accepting him as ruler alongside T’Challa’s stepmother, Ramonda. In return, Mephisto would get to devour a “noble soul”. After uncovering Mephisto's involvement, T'Challa attacked him, ripping out the demon's heart. He was then transported to "hell" where he offered his own soul in exchange for Wakanda and Achebe's freedom, under the impression that Mephisto was possessing Achebe.
Mephisto accepted the offer, but revealed that Achebe willing sold his soul to him. Mephisto proceeded to try to devour T’Challa’s soul, but was unsuccessful because of the Panther God’s spiritual connection. Hundreds of previous Wakandan kings appeared before them in the form of actual panthers. The panthers then attacked and entrapped Mephisto in hell, as T’Challa escaped to hunt down Achebe.
Enemy of the State
After T’Challa attempted to make contact with Wakanda, via satellite, Achebe threatened to destroy all of Wakandan if he were to ever return home. As a result, T’Challa was exiled from Wakanda with the Wakandan citizens accepting Achebe as usurper because of Wakandan law. T’Challa remained stateside in New York, attempting to uncover Achebe’s other allies, because he knew that Achebe wasn't working alone. It is later revealed that Achebe was working with the United States intelligence community, Russia, and the Latin-American terrorist state, Domuyan, in an attempt to exploit Wakanda’s vast technological advancements. However, King T'Challa had predicted that this would happen years prior, but was uncertain which of the three countries would initiate the attack first. He quickly began a counter maneuver.
T’Challa presented the coup d'état to the U.N. Security Council and acknowledged it as an act of war against Wakanda, verbally declaring war against the United States. Afterwards, he and the Dora Milaje, along with Monica Lynne, were approached by Hunter the White Wolf, who wanted to help T'Challa take back Wakanda. A midst conversing about a potential team up, they were all separated by a surprise attack by the US & Russian secret services.
Elsewhere, after hearing that T’Challa verbally denounced war against the United States, Achebe began destroying Wakanda, with its own technology, to prove to T’Challa that he was in control of the country. Also, hundreds of Ghudazai soldiers invaded Wakanda under the order of Achebe. Back in New York, Monica Lynne (T’Challa’s ex-fiancé) was attacked by the Russian mob after T’Challa and Hunter went off to fight the secret service. The Dora Milaje, however, were able to protect her.
Hunter is 12 years older than T’Challa. As a baby, he was the lone survivor of a plane crash that landed outside of Wakanda. He was then raised and declared a Wakandan citizen by King T’Chaka (T’Challa’s father). He became the leader of Wakanda’s secret police, the Hatut Zeraze. Hunter would do anything he could, no matter how violent, to appease King T’Chaka. Upon becoming king, T’Challa disbanded the Hatu Zeraze and Hunter decided to leave Wakanda, which is why he was in New York. T’Challa accepted Hunter’s offer of assistance and Hunter vowed absolute loyalty to him. However, T'Challa's acceptance was all a ruse. He did not trust Hunter, citing his excessively violent history, as the reason why. T’Challa later knocked him unconscious, regrouped with the others, and flew to Wakanda to face Achebe.
When he finally confronted Achebe at the Wakandan Palace, T'Challa allowed himself to be captured. He knew that Achebe would flee the country in fear, basically exiling himself, making him ruler again. When T’Challa escaped Achebe’s deathtrap, he was confronted by Hunter. The two engage in combat, which ended with T’Challa using a pinched never technique. They then flee the palace, going their separate ways, as Achebe’s explosive devices detonate.
Marriage: Civil War
After teaming up with the X-Men a few times, T'Challa and Ororo Munroe (Storm) began dating. After T'Challa helped her reunite with her surviving family members in Africa and the U.S., he proposed to her.
She agreed and the two were married in a grand Wakandan ceremony. For their honeymoon, the two embarked on a diplomatic world tour. They visited Latveria (Doctor Doom), Britain, Atlantis (Namor), and Attilan (Black Bolt) before traveling to the United States.
Once there, they found that the country was a midst a Civil War. While visiting the White House, the authorities attempted to force Ororo to sign the Superhuman Registration Act. This resulted in the Royal Couple choosing to side with Captain America & the Secret Avengers in the war against the act.
Secret Invasion: See Wakanda and Die
A midst the events of Secret Invasion, The Skrulls try to take over Wakanda, for their vibranium ore. As a result, the Wakandan-Skrull war began. T'Challa began to defend his nation with cunning tactics and technological marvels. Eventually, the two factions found themselves at a loss of technological weaponry. As a result, the two forces began to use old fashion and more primitive weaponry such as, the sword & shield. T'Challa was able to defeat the "Super-Skrulls" (including a massively large Skrull with the abilities of Iron Fist, Wolverine, Luke Cage and Bullseye), while Shuri and Storm lead an infantry legion against the Skrull. When the Wakandans started to decline, the Skrulls managed to capture Storm, threatening to kill her.
Black Panther retaliated by decapitating a Super-Skrull and allowing himself to be captured. Once aboard the Skrull's space craft, he and Storm used Wakandan-made vocal and flesh manipulators, to disguise themselves as Skrull. T'Challa and Ororo later revealed themselves and began killing all Skrull aboard the ship. Elsewhere, Shuri was successful at leading the Wakandan Army against the Skrull infantry. The Wakandans then loaded the dead Skrull onto the ship, and rocketed it into to space with a warning written in blood.
After the events of Secret Invasion, a regime change occurred in the western world. S.H.I.E.L.D. was disbanded and Tony Stark was fired in favor of a new organization, called H.A.M.M.E.R., which was headed by Norman Osborn. T'Challa received a random summoning from the then exiled Atlantean king, Namor. After meeting with him, he learned of the formation of a dark group mirroring the Illuminati. Namor asked T'Challa to join this "Dark Illuminati", to which he refused, citing his preference for the Illuminati.
Although he was a little annoyed at the refusal, Namor allowed T'Challa to peacefully leave. As he prepared to depart Atlantis, T'Challa was confronted by Dark Illuminati member, Doctor Doom. Not surprised that T'Challa refused to join their "Cabal", Doom proceeded to attack him, pitting T'Challa and his Dora Milaje against him and his "doom-bots".
After a brutally epic battle, that resulted in T'Challa becoming gravely injured, the Dora Milaje and T'Challa fled Atlantis. They managed to crash land in Wakanda and paired with the Doom altercation, the plane crash sent T'Challa into a coma.
T'Challa awoke from his coma to find that Wakanda had been attacked by Morlun. He began training his body to fight Doom and as a man of science, he resulted to using magic to prepare for war. While he was in a coma, Shuri became regent of Wakanda and the new Black Panther. T'Challa reached out to the powerful Wakandan alchemist, Zawavari. The witch doctor empowered him with acolytes, that enhanced his strength, senses, and provided him with a way to resist Doom's magic-based attacks. He then approached the Dora Milaje sensei, Aneka, about blending science and sorcery into her Wakandan battle techniques.
Elsewhere, Doom funded the Desturi (Wakandan dissidents dedicated to civil war) with resources to initiate a coup d'état on Shuri. Walter Declun, Doom's chief of operations, laid a trail of disinformation that distracted Shuri and T'Challa long enough for the Desturi to overthrow the Panther Clan, in a highly elaborate and successful coup.
With the Desturi coup successful, they made Storm, S'yan, and Ramonda their prisoners. Meanwhile, T'Challa, Shuri, and the Dora Milaje, teamed up with the Fantastic Four and a few X-Men in an attack on the Desturi. T'Challa and his allies managed to take back Wakanda, freeing all Desturi prisoners. Elsewhere, Doom infiltrated Wakanda and managed to steal a large amount of processed vibranium.
He ventured to his home nation, Latveria, where he began attacking various cities around the world by using the vibranium to manipulate all vibranium-based objects and structures. Storm, Shuri, the Dora Milaje, and the Fantastic Four were instructed to take out Doom's worldwide network facilities, while T'Challa initiated a plan to save the world. The heroes later traveled to Latveria to confront Doom.
T'Challa engaged in combat with Doom and managed to plant a remote device on him that made processed vibranium inert.The device was so powerful that all vibranium across the world became defunct. Doom's newly acquired vibranium-based armor was rendered useless and he was defeated. T'Challa then returned to Wakanda to store some remaining active vibranium, that was recovered with the help of Storm, the X-Men, the Avengers, and the Fantastic Four.
Black Panther: Most Dangerous Man Alive
In order to defeat Doctor Doom, during the events of Doomwar, T'Challa was forced to destroy Wakanda's vibranium reserves by making the substance inert. He then relinquished his authority of Wakanda to the current Black Panther, Shuri, as he left Wakanda to deal with his shame. He traveled to New York, where he reached an agreement with Matt Murdock (Daredevil) to become the new protector of Hell's Kitchen. Murdock had decided to leave NY to deal with his morality issues due to what happened during the events of Shadowland.
Thanks to some help from Foggy Nelson, T'Challa established an undercover identity as "Mr. Okonkwo", the manager of the restaurant, "Devil's Kitchen". Through this civilian identity, T'Challa sought to familiarize himself with the surrounding crime ridden area. Part of this new venture, was to relinquish every aspect of the Black Panther identity. He no longer had his Wakandan tech, superhuman senses, nor vibranium suit. He refused to return to Wakanda until he redeemed himself through this personal voyage of self discovery.
King of the Dead
After Daredevil returned to New York, T'Challa decided to move back to Wakanda. There, he began to have dreams, which he interpreted as premonitions. In his dreams he saw Bast, the Panther God and his long time friend, Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic). He reached out to Reed, offering him a summons to Wakanda, which he accepted. Once there, Reed assumed that he was there to talk about the vibranium reserves that T'Challa unwillingly had to make inert during the events of Doomwar. However, T'Challa assured him that his summoning of him was not about the vibranium. After Queen Shuri's ceremonial feast was interrupted by the living dead, sent by the Jackal God (Anubis), T'Challa lead Reed to Wakanda's Necropolis, leaving Shuri, Storm, and Invisible Woman to handle the undead.
Once there, the two met the Panther God. She confirmed to T'Challa that the dreams he were having were indeed premonitions, in fact, they were created by her to summon him to the Necropolis. She then asked him what he desired most. T'Challa tells her that he wants to become a king again. Bast then asked about his sister. If he were to become king again, then what would Shuri be to her, as all monarchs of Wakanda are crowned Black Panther and are then spiritually connected to Bast. T'Challa then recanted his statement, wishing nothing to happen to his sister.
The powerful god stood and asked T'Challa what his true desires were once more. He responded by stating that he wanted to serve his people, but he will be whatever Bast wants him to be. Bast then dubbed T'Challa her personal Black Panther and crowned him king of Wakanda's Dead City. She referred to him as "King of the Dead" and stated that he will have the strength and knowledge of every Wakandan king laid to rest in the Necropolis. She also vaguely predicted the events of AvsX.
Avengers vs X-Men: Marriage Annulment
During the events of AvsX, the powerful cosmic entity of death and rebirth, known as the Phoenix Force, returned to Earth and began seeking a host. A young teenager named Hope was suspected to be the Phoenix's targeted host. Because the young girl was a mutant, the X-Men want to offer her to the Phoenix, believing her to be the savior of the mutant race. However, the Avengers want to conceal the girl in fear that the Phoenix would corrupt her, making her a potential threat to mankind. The two factions then began to fight one another.
The Phoenix is incidentally divided into five energies by Iron Man, with each part taking a host, all of whom were X-Men. Cyclops, Emma Frost, Colossus, Magik and Namor were bestowed and they began to reform the world to their will. Although some of their actions were generous and peaceful, the Avengers feared that such powerfully immense beings should not go unchecked. During the chaos that followed, T'Challa allied himself with the Avengers and Storm allied herself with the X-men. Many Wakandans were confused as to why their queen would ally herself with the X-Men and quickly declared her a traitor to the Wakandan Kingdom.
T'Challa provided a safe-house for the Avengers in Wakanda. In search of them, Namor attacked and almost sank Wakanda, killing hundreds if not thousands of its citizens. T'Challa was saddened and infuriated at the X-men as he declared them all enemies of his country. Storm later arrived in Wakanda and saw what Namor had done. She then approached T'Challa as he grieved for the lives that Namor had taken. Out of frustration at what had just happened, he scolded her. She attacked him (to his surprise) and the two began to fight. The Wakandans were shocked and confused as to why she would attack him and the High Priest of Wakanda annulled the marriage.
Long ago, sometime after the Kree-Skrull War, T'Challa, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Mr. Fantastic, Black Bolt, Professor X and Namor met in Wakanda. Iron Man proposed that they form a government of superhumans similar to the United Nations that would meet regularly, in secret, to prevent an event like the Kree-Skrull War from happening again. After some debating, all except T'Challa agreed to form this "Illuminati." T'Challa declined at the time, because he felt that the group would fail, due to them deciding that they were going to attempt to secretly govern the world.
Sometime later, after the events of AvsX, T'Challa reconsidered joining the Illuminati after witnessing an event known as an "Incursion". An incursion is when two alternate universes collide into each other with alternate Earths as the epicenter. T'Challa encountered Black Swan, a woman from an alternate Earth who had destroyed her own Earth to prevent it from colliding with Earth-616. T'Challa was on an expedition, in the jungles of Wakanda, with some potential candidates for Wakanda's space program, when she attacked them.
After Black Swan ordered her mercenaries to kill several of his candidates, T'Challa killed them and managed to capture her. He then contacted the Illuminati to report what he had just witnessed. Upon joining them, he swore to kill fellow Illuminati member, Namor, for attempting to sink Wakanda during the events of AvsX. The Illuminati and the Black Panther go on to deal with several more incursions, attempting to avoid doing what Black Swan had done, which was to destroy one alternate Earth to prevent it from colliding with another. However, the group finally realized that destroying the alternate Earths was their best option.
As time progressed, the hostilities between Wakanda and Atlantis increased. In an attempt to end the feud, Namor presented a peace offering to T'Challa for him to relay to his sister, Queen Shuri, the current ruler of Wakanda. T'Challa presented the peace offering to Queen Shuri, but she discarded it, citing that Namor's actions during AvsX was an act of terrorism. She then ordered an attack on Atlantis, while T'Challa distracted Namor with a fraudulent acceptance. The Hatut Zeraze, Wakanda's secret police, went on to decimate Atlantis.
Powers and Abilities
Upon becoming chief of the Panther Clan and king of Wakanda, T'Challa was entitled to eat the ceremonial Wakandan Heart-shaped Herb, which provided him with enhanced strength, endurance, and reflexes. The herb can only be digested by Wakandan royalty and acts as a poison to those not of the royal bloodline. The Heart-shaped Herb also heightened T'Challa's senses to superhuman levels. Later blessings from the Panther Goddess elevated his enhanced strength, endurance, and reflexes to superhuman levels.
- Black Panther Knowledge: He now has the power to draw all the knowledge, strength, and every experience from every previous Black Panther.
- Superhuman Agility: T'Challa's agility, balance, and bodily coordination were heightened to the pinnacle of human development upon digesting a special herb. His reaction time is far superior to most opponents and any Olympic level gymnast that has ever competed, which allows him to evade attacks from potential enemies.
- Superhuman Senses: The Heart-shaped Herb elevated T'Challa's sense of sight, hearing, and smell. His superhuman senses enables him to see within complete darkness and hear sounds that ordinary humans can not. T'Challa has memorized thousands of scents and is proficient in tracking them. His sense of smell is powerful enough to allow him to smell fear and detect if someone is lying, by sensing a change in their body odor.
- Superhuman Strength: The Heart-shaped Herb enhanced T'Challa's physical strength to the pinnacle of human perfection, which allowed him to lift upward to 800 lbs. Black Panther has demonstrated exceptional feats of strength like wrestling down a Rhino and breaking its neck, knocking out a Polar Bear, stopping a Elephant's charge, sending Namor flying with a kick despite his opponent's superhuman durability, destroying a water mill by bracing himself on the ground and flexing his muscles, even killing a T-Rex dinosaur while using a palm tree as a catapult while in a weakened state. T'Challa has received a blessing from the Panther Goddess, which elevated his enhanced strength to superhuman levels.
- Superhuman Stamina/Endurance: Years of conditioning and training, combined with the effects of the Heart Shaped Herb, allows T'Challa to exert his body to higher degrees of stress. He can endure more physical stress than average humans, and. can tolerate large amounts of physical pain.
- Superhuman Durability: T'Challa's ability to endure and resist damage is exceptionally high for a human. His body can withstand powerful crushing blows and puncture wounds. The effects of the Heart Shaped Herb, combined with a vibranium-laced suit, allows T'Challa to heal at an accelerated rate far superior to the average man. He also possesses a nigh-invulnerability to various diseases, poisons, virus/bacteria, etc.
- Healing Factor: Due to a Heart shaped Herb, T'challa's natural healing was at its peak. The blessing the Panther Goddess has increased his healing abilities to unknown levels.
- Superhuman Speed: T'Challa can run/move faster then normal humans and any Olympic Athlete. The blessing of the Panther Goddess has increase his overall, but his top speed is unknown.
- King of the Dead: As of late, T'Challa has relinquished his title as Wakanda Monarch to his sister, and has since then become the overseer of Wakanda's "City of the Dead" (The Necropolis). Upon becoming the "King of the Dead", the Panther Goddess granted T'Challa a blessing that elevated his power levels. The blessing also gave T'Challa the ability to access the knowledge and experiences possessed by previous Wakandan kings/queens.
- Genius-level Intellect: T'Challa is a master tactician, physicist, and engineer. He has been groomed in battle tactics since his youth by his father, who encouraged him to always think two steps ahead of his enemies and three steps ahead of his friends. His exceptional tactical prowess has enabled him to out maneuver individuals such as Reed Richards, Tony Stark, and Dr. Doom. T'Challa's knowledge of physic and engineering ranks him among the top eight intellects of the world. He has proven to be able to invent weaponry that rivals his peers engineering capabilities such as: Kimoyo, the Quinjet, and most notably "Shadow Physics," which combines alchemy and science. T'Challa (along with Reed Richards) was able to reverse engineer (and recreate) multiple inter-dimensional bombs capable of destroying entire planets.
- Master Combatant: T'Challa has been groomed to be a warrior since birth. He is a master in practically all forms of armed and unarmed combat, having mastered various styles of martial art from around the world. He is a formidably skilled swordsman and often wields daggers, spears, and has even wielded the Ebony Blade. T'Challa is widely considered to be one of top martial artists in the world. He has stalemated, and at times even gained the upper hand, against various highly skilled martial artist such as: Iron Fist, Captain America, Daredevil etc. in combat. in hand to hand fights to an extent that in his full potential, he was able to defeat Captain America in a few moves, and overpower Wolverine twice without much difficulty, even when Wolverine was using his claws. Captain America himself said that when he one won against T’Challa, T’Challa was not his usual self, seeming weaker than he actually was.
Weapons Master: T'Challa has mastered all known weapons.
Master Acrobat: T'Challa is a rigorously trained gymnast and acrobat.
Expert Marksman: T'Challa is a master marksman adept with hunting knives, firearms, and other projectile weaponry.
- Master Tactician: T'Challa is a genius tactician, strategist, and leader who is practically peerless. He was taught tactics and strategies in his youth by his father who encouraged him to always think two steps ahead of his enemies and three steps ahead of his friends. His prowess is such that he is able to out think and out maneuver individuals such as Tony Stark, and other genius.
Expert Tracker & Hunter: Even without his superhuman senses, he is a master tracker and hunter. He can pick up a prey's scent and memorize tens of thousands of individual ones.
Multilingual: T'Challa can fluently speak his native language, English, and other various languages.
- Master Inventor: T'Challa can invent various devices with special properties when needed. While not all of his inventions are as good as others made by Tony Stark and so on, he possesses engineering abilities and intellect that makes him a peer and has proven to be able to invent and create weaponry that rivals their engineering capabilities. T'Challa can also duplicate practically any other technologies after learning how they work or by glancing at the designs.
- Highly Influential Connections: As king of Wakanda, the T'Challa has access to a vast collection of magical artifacts, technological and military hardware, as well as the support of his nation's wide array of scientists, adventurers, and superheroes.
- Diplomatic Immunity: As the leader of a sovereign nation, T'Challa often visits the United States or the United Nations for political reasons. He enjoys diplomatic immunity during these trips, and his embassy is considered foreign soil.
- Rich: T'Challa is Wakandan Royalty, thus he has access to a vast amount of wealth.
Weapons and Equipment
As royalty of a technological advance nation, T'Challa has access to some of the most advance technologies in the world. As a proud warrior, he primarily relies on his keen intellect and combat prowess, but will often use a few key gadgets.
- Vibranium Microweave Mesh: The microweave robs incoming objects of their momentum; bullets do not ricochet off, but simply fall to the ground when they come in contact with the weave. Likewise, the Panther cannot be stabbed, however, the costume (and Panther) can be cut if the attacker slashes along the uniform's grain. Combined with his durability, it has even withstood blows from the Hulk.
- Anti-Metal Claws: Retractable Golden Vibranium Claws that allow its wielder to cut through various metals by breaking it down on a molecular level.
- Energy Daggers: Energy constructed blades. The wielder has the ability to gauge between power levels, releasing a beam, powerful enough to slice through various structures and foe. This weapon can also be fired as a projectile. Energy daggers are T'Challa's default weapon of choice in armed combat situations.
- Boots: Vibranium-based boots that allow T'Challa to scale great heights with little effort. This combined with his enhanced panther-like reflexes allows T'Challa to leap and land from great heights without sustaining injury. Using his Vibranium Boots, he can sometimes skim through water and cling to walls.
- Projectiles: T'Challa possess non-lethal (gelatin/rubber) and lethal projectiles that are usually fired from his gauntlets. However, they are sometimes depicted firing from his claws or Energy Daggers.
- Other weapons: Swords, spears, shields, knives, clubs, quivers and arrows. A large variety of firearms and other weapons used for close range, as well as technological weapons and devices such as a large 'power glove.'
- Energy Shield: Wakandan tech that creates a shield constructed of energy.
- Cloaking Technology: The cloak can be elongated, shortened or eliminated with a thought, and the entire costume can be covered allowing it to pass as normal street clothes or render T'challa completely invisible.
- Kimoyo Card: An extremely powerful portable supercomputer/PDA invented by T'Challa. It has the ability to access/hack technological interfaces via Wakandan satellites. It functions similarly to the Avengers' communicards, but with many more practical applications. In one instance, the Panther called up a schematic of a jumbo jet's cockpit controls and took command of the plane, landing the plane safely in a river. "Kimoyo" is Bantu for "of the spirit".
- Telepoter: Wakandan tech, seemly built into T'Challa's gauntlets, that allows him to instantly transport small distances.
Panther Habit (Vibranium Suit)
As chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Clan, the ruler is crowned with a ceremonial regalia in the form of a vibranium laced panther habit. T'Challa received this crown-like garb after being judged by the Panther Goddess. This uniform has the ability to absorb vibrations via its vibranium lacing. It also has the ability to negate and/or lessen powerful kinetic based attacks such as bullets shots, penetrating blades, and crushing blows. The lenses in the mask cut glare and enhance the Panther's natural night vision. It also allows him to see in infra-red and other visual spectrum. The suit features cloaking technology.
X-Men: Forever (Earth 161)
In this reality, T'Challa is born in Wakanda and becomes its king. He is briefly a member of the Avengers, but later leaves to focus on ruling his land. While attending a meeting, Storm crashes into his quarters after fleeing the X-Men and she is injured. Even though Nick Fury warns T'Challa about Storm's violent parting with the X-Men, he still feels that he can trust his long-time friend and welcomes her to Wakanda. The two grow close to one another and T'Challa proposes to Storm. She agrees, but on the night of their wedding they are attacked by Erik Killmonger. He de-powers Storm with a special necklace and kills T'Challa's family. T'Challa challenges Erik, but is killed by him. Storm eventually kills Erik herself and then reveals that T'Challa's death was a plot by Storm to look heroic to the Wakandan people.
Age of Apocalypse (Earth-295)
In the alternate reality called Age of Apocalypse, T'Challa is the last king of Wakanda and he is loved and worshiped by his people. However, the land is ravaged by Apocalypse's agents, the Marauders, in order to mine the land's precious vibranium. During the battles, T'Challa is killed and his skeleton mounted in the middle of town as a message to all those who would oppose Apocalypse.
Home to Coal Tiger (Earth-355)
Originally recruited by the Gatherers after they found him to be the last surviving person on his planet. He died due to a chronal imbalance that could only be remedied by killing his Earth-616 counterpart, which he refused to do.
When a racist team of villains called the Soldiers of the Serpent attacked T'Challa's friend N'Kano (who was on a diplomatic mission for Wakanda in New York), A-Next tried to save him. As the Serpents battled with the heroes of A-Next, T'Challa's son T'Chaka charged into battle. While Mainframe tried to convince the youth to leave the battle, T'Chaka shapeshifted into a feral black werecat called the "Coal Tiger". Coal Tiger's bestial abilities were able to turn the tide in A-Next's favor. He was offered membership with the team after the battle was won, but he declined, stating that he would be available to help if they needed him. When all of the members of A-Next were captured by an evil version of A-Next called The Revengers, Coal Tiger was one of the many heroes who came to free the captured superheroes. When A-Next was freed and the Revengers were defeated, Coal Tiger finally agreed to join the team
Morgan le Fey Reality Warp (Earth-398)
T'Challa is known as the Nubian Prince and is altered by a reality wave. He serves the Avengers who believed that they are working for Queen's Vengeance, an elite guard group that protects the Queen.
No Rick Jones (Earth-804)
The past history of Black Panther on Earth-804 mirrors that of hisEarth-616 counterpart until the Kree-Skrull War. In this reality, pivotal player Rick Jones is killed early in the conflict, prolonging the war. T'Challa becomes one of the many superhumans gathered by Professor X as part of a counter-attack against the Kreeinvasion. The Panther participates in the battle until the war's end.
Earth- 1610 ( Ultimate Universe)
In this reality, Ultimate Black Panther is T'Challa Udaku, the prince of Wakanda, and the son of King T'Chaka. He is severely injured when he fights a Black Panther in a right of passage to be the protector of their nation.
King T'Chaka seeks the help of Nick Fury with whom he makes a deal to share Wakandan technology with the U.S. in exchange for saving his son. Fury keeps his word and T'Challa is sent to Weapon X, where he stays for a year and receives training and some upgrades in his body such as a healing factor and adamantium claws, similar to Wolverine's, but shorter. Later in life, Nick Fury asks Captain America to train Black Panther to be his student and that he is a perfect recruit for the Ultimates.
After Black Panther defeats a villain, Cap confronts him about his secrecy and silence during battle. Black Panther takes off his mask and shows him the scar in his throat that he received during his battle against an actual Black Panther and that Weapon X wasn't able to fix, thus rendering him mute. Cap then confronts Nick Fury and asks him about T'Challa's past, but Fury lies to him. Then Cap comes to T'Challa to ask him personally about his past and he tells Steve that his father is a king and that he misses him. A week later, Cap tells Fury that T'Challa is ready to be with the Ultimates. Fury doesn't know that the Black Panther that joined the Ultimates is actually Captain America himself, as T'Challa is secretly sent home by Cap.
Black Panther was, for a short while, a member of the New Ultimates. He aided the team in stopping an invasion attempt by Loki before he decided that he no longer wanted to be on the team.
Marvel Zombies (Earth-2149)
In the Marvel Zombies reality, little is known about his past before the zombie plague arrived. Giant Man asks T'Challa to take him back to his lab when he notices that Hank had been bitten by a zombie. He questions Hank about the bite and he attacks him and he falls unconscious. He awakes and realises that his right arm and leg is missing and that Giant Man is keeping him prisoner as a source of food. With the help of Wasp, whose head remained animated, he eventually escapes the lab.
After making a crutch and tucking Wasp's head under his arm he makes his way through the ruins of the city and is confronted by the Acolytes, who mistake him for a zombie. After a failed attack, Black Panther joins forces with them and they aboard Asteroid M. While there he meets Forge and he helps build a cybernetic arm and leg for him. While here he also meets Lisa Hendricks who he later marries and has a son with.
Five years later, the Acolytes land Asteroid M in the middle of New York after a scan detected no movement on the planet. Black Panther, along with his wife and child, step into the world. Wasp comes with them, her hunger being replenished. It is around this time that T'Challa receives a call from a Black Panther from another reality who is having problems with zombified super-heroes on the Skrull home-world.
Forty years later, New York is now renamed Wakanda and T'Challa is now king. However, there is no reliable way to restore the population that once lived in the city. Frustrated with this, the Acolytes come up with a plan to remove T'Challa from the throne and hire an assassin the sneak into the Royal Palace. The assassin manages to stab T'Challa in the chest, and alerted by the intrusion, Wasp (now in her cybernetic body) attacks the assassin. T'Challa is critically injured and the only way he can survive is if he becomes a zombie, so Wasp bites him. With her hunger returning, Wasp tries to eat Lisa but is stopped by T'Challa and he joins her in eating the assassin instead.
A few weeks later, Reynolds, Hawkeye and Forge release T'Challa due to the leader of the Acolytes trying to kill them. However, they get caught and pre-occupied with the arrival of the Zombie Galacti. After fighting and defeating the zombies with the help of Spider-Man and Luke Cage who are cured of their hunger, they retreat to a new Wakanda and seal the zombies out of the palace by using a force field to keep them out. However, Gladiator and Bruce Banner are trapped inside as well and Gladiator dies when he attacks T'Challa. T'Challa and the others realise they are not well-mannered enough to protect the portal that the zombies come through and Reynolds reveals that T'Challa's dead son T'Channa is dressed as Colonel America and that Reynolds and Forge have planted Colonel America's brain in his son's body. T'Channa attacks his father but is then reminded of who he is.
The zombies then return and release the force field and T'Challa and the group defeat them, but Iron Man manages to get through. After Banner deactivates the force field, the zombies get through to the survivors, but realise they are not hungry. However, during the fight before, T'Challa gets smashed, which left him with only with his arm, leg, chest, neck and head attached and Wasp crushed from the waist up. After the zombies cope with their newly found humanity, the Hulk breaks into the room, eats Reynolds and kills Iron Man, Phoenix, Firelord and Hawkeye before being stopped by Spider-Man, Giant Man and Wolverine.
After getting a new body by Forge, the zombies help the survivors get supplies and breed in other dimensions. However, Malcolm Cortez, the leader of the Acolytes reveals he was behind the assassination attempt on T'Challa, T'Channa's death and a plot to kill K'Shamba, Panther's grandson. He says he likes this way of life and wants to get rid of the zombie plague and sends T'Challa to another dimension. T'Challa arrives on the reality Earth-Z on the Skrull home world where he converts the entire species and leads his own horde against this Earth's Avengers where he is slain and his arm mounted on the Avenger Tower as a trophy.
Legacy Virus Merged With Warlock (Earth-8545)
T'Challa is the son of T'Chaka, late king of the African nation Wakanda. When lawless ivory hunter Ulysses Klaw murdered T'Chaka in an attempt to possess the country's rare Vibranium deposit, a grief-stricken T'Challa swore vengeance and succeeded in thwarting the butcher's raid. In the process, the young prince destroyed Klaw's hand. T'Challa returned to his homeland after recieving a degree in physics ready to assume the mantle of leadership. To do so, he needed to defeat six of Wakanda's greatest warriors in unarmed combat, and obtain the secret heart-shaped herb that grants the country's chieftains their powers. Successfully carrying out the dual challenge, T'Challa donned the ceremonial garb of the Black Panther, totem of the Wakandan people. Under T'Challa, Wakanda has become one of the wealthiest and technologically advanced nations on the planet. After meeting Captain America, the Panther was offered membership in the Avengers.
He is known as T'Challa des Wakandas and is a member of the Black Panther Party imprisoned alongside Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton in San Francisco.
Wonder-Man Saved The Avengers ( Earth-9916)
T'Challa joins the Avenges some time after Quicksilver departs and fights alongside his teammates against Quicksilver, who used a Grim Reaper disguise to hide his true identity. After his defeat, he is unmasked by an astonished Scarlet Witch. In a battle between the Avengers and Magneto, Quicksilver dies when Magneto tries to kill Scarlet Witch. Scarlet Witch eventually kills Magneto with a powerful hex bolt. Black Panther is present at the wedding of Scarlet Witch and Wonder-Man.
The Black Panther joined the Avengers some time after Quicksilver left. He fought alongside his teammates against Quicksilver, who used the disguise of the Grim Reaper in order to conceal his true identity. After his defeat, Pietro was unmasked to the shock of his sister.
In a subsequent battle between the Avengers and Magneto’s forces, Quicksilver was killed in his sister's stead when Magneto tried to kill Wanda for being a traitor to mutantkind. Overcome by grief, Wanda unleashed a powerful hex which killed Magneto. Black Panther was later present at Wonder Man and the Scarlet Witch's wedding. During the Vision's assault on the Avengers, Black Panther fought against him alongside his teammates.
Earth X - (Earth-9997)
The history of the Black Panther in this reality is similar to that of the Panther in the 616 mainstream. However, in this reality, the heart shaped herbs that granted him his powers also grant them to anyone else who takes them. Due to the nature of his mutation, however, T'Challa's powers are partially subconscious. In the recent history of this reality, Captain America gives T'Challa the Cosmic Cube of Safe Keepings as he believes that Panther would not use the device or give it to anyone else. During this time, he marries Storm and humanity begins to mutate due to the Terrigen Mists in the Earth's atmosphere. Due to this, T'Challa has more of a panther appearance while the animals in Wakanda which were part of a wildlife reserve that Panther set up, began to mutate as well becoming humanoid creatures known as Ani-Men. When the Skrull begin to take over the United States, Captain America asks T'Challa to give him the Cosmic Cube. Out of respect for his friend, he denies his friend's request and does not involve himself in the final battle against the Skrulls. After the death of the celestial embryo in the Earth's core, the axis shift of the Earth turns Africa into a frozen wasteland, but thanks to Beast's technology, Wakanda maintains its tropical ecosystem and keeps out most threats.
When Mar-vel comes to Wakanda in search of the Cosmetic Cube to destroy Death, T'Challa refuses to give him the Cube. It isn't until Storm is killed by a Wendigo attack and suddenly brought back to life that Mar-vel reveals that the Cube is responsible for that and the mutation of the Ani-Men because it was acting on Panther's wants. This revelation mortifies Panther and he hands the Cube over to Mar-vel who leaves to help the Wakandans relocate to the Savage Land so that they can escape the frequent Wendigo attacks that keep occurring. On the way to the Savage Land, Black Panther is followed by the Wendigo. He defeats them and discovers that they are really the Multiple Man in disguise. T'Challa and Storm help build a new Wakandan nation in the Savage Land with the help of everyone who travels with them. They are attacked by Belasco and the Dire Wraiths but are quickly saved by Mar-vel and his friends. A few months later, T'Challa accompanies Storm to the wedding of Medusa and King Britain, where they meet Bloodstorm. She asks Storm to perform a blood transfusion to cure her of her vampirism. Storm agrees to the procedure and it is unknown what happens to Black Panther went after this point.
Marvel Manga-verse (Earth- 2301)
In the Marvel Manga-verse, T’Challa is still King of Wakanda and when calling upon the help of the God Qamatha, he can transform into a Were-Panther. His appearance in the Were-Panther form is of a large humanoid panther in ancient Egyptian clothing. He can also call upon Qamathas's power to change himself into the Falcon. In this form, his appearance is heavily influenced by the ancient Egyptian god Horus. In this reality, his magical abilities are prominent as Dr. Strange notices his magical trail.
Stand-off with Doom (Earth-10267)
On Earth-10267, after a standoff with Dr. Doom, Black Panther and Namor the Submariner become bitter enemies. War eventually breaks out between Wakanda and Atlantis when Namor floods the Capital City of Wakanda and causes it to overgrow with vegetation making it nearly uninhabitable. In retaliation, Black Panther sends "Panther Tanks" to Atlantis and destroys Namor's throne room. This leads to Namor unleashing an endless horde of sea-beasts upon the now-flooded Wakandan Capital, which in turn lead to more retaliatory strikes from Black Panther. The war continues until both Wakanda and Atlantis are laid to waste and left in total ruins.
Fantastic Four (1994)
The Black Panther appears in the 'Prey Of The Black Panther' episode and is voiced by Keith David. He lures the Fantastic Four to Wakanda to see if they are worthy enough to help him fight against Klaw.
The Avengers: United They Stand (1999)
While the Black Panther does not appear in the Animated series, he does appear in issues 1, 6 and 7 of the comic book series based on the show. There is a portrait of the Black Panther that hangs in the Avengers Mansion in Episode 1 of the show.
The Super Hero Squad Show (2010)
The Black Panther appears in episode 14 ("Tremble at the Might of... M.O.D.O.K.!") and is voiced by Taye Diggs. He appears with Storm (who's his girlfriend on the show) when Iron Man calls them to help stop M.O.D.O.K. when Wolverine and the Hulk are de-powered.
Black Panther (2009)
He is voiced by Djimon Hounsou for this TV series. The short lived showed never aired in the U.S. and was based on Reginald Hudlin's Who is the Black Panther 5 issue story arc in 2005.
Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2009)
The Black Panther appears in the episode 'Panther's Prey' and is voiced by Jeffery Bowyer-Chapman.
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2011)
The Black Panther appears in the animated series as a regular character, where he is voiced by James C. Mathis III. In the series, he is exiled from the country, Wakanda, when his father is overthrown as the King by the Man-Ape. He sought the help of the Avengers' to free regain his homeland. He later appears in the main title sequence.
Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Black Panther (2006)
He appears as a central character in the film and is voiced by Jeffrey D. Sams. He is still the King of Wakanda in this and he returns from the outside world to find his kingdom being attacked by the Chitauri aliens. His father gets killed by Herr Kleiser, who was after the Vibranium metal that the Chitauri used to manufacture their ships and weapons. T'Challa seeks aid from Captain America and Nick Fury orders the Avengers to assemble and help him.
Next Avengers: Heroes of Tommorrow (2007)
In this film, Black Panther has a son named Azari and he was called in one last time to fight with the Avengers against Ultron. He died fighting and Iron Man raised Azari along with the children of the other fallen Avengers.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (2006)
The Black Panther is a playable character in this video game. He can be unlocked by collecting 5 of his action figures. He has special dialogue with Nick Fury, Namor, Ghost Rider, Doctor Doom, and Deathbird. In his simulator disc, he has to battle a Dark Captain America in Arcade's Murderworld. He is voiced by Phil LaMarr.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009)
The Black Panther is a downloadable playable character in this video game and is voiced by Tim Russ. He is one of the characters that was not taken control by the Fold.
Marvel vs Capcom 3:Fate of Two Worlds
In this Black Panther appears as a non playable character in Storm's ending for Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.