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|Alias(es)|| Black Panther|
|Appeared in|| Captain America: Civil War|
Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther II
- "Vengeance has consumed you."
T'Challa was the monarch of the African nation of Wakanda. As the Wakandan monarch, he was also the former holder of the Black Panther mantle. After his father was killed in a bombing attack orchestrated by Helmut Zemo, the new monarch set out to kill the Winter Soldier, who was widely believed to be responsible for the attack. After being drawn into the Avengers Civil War and siding with Iron Man, T'Challa learned the truth about Zemo's deception and decided to help the Winter Soldier by granting him asylum in Wakanda and also help him get a cure for his mental programming.
After his coronation, T'Challa began hunting down Ulysses Klaue, only to be confronted by his cousin Erik Killmonger, who sought the throne for himself. After a lengthy campaign, T'Challa defeated Killmonger and decided to introduce Wakandan technology to the United Nations.
Two years later, he assisted the Avengers in trying to stop Thanos and the Black Order from obtaining the Infinity Stones, resulting in a massive confrontation between the Black Order, the Avengers, and Wakanda's army. However, while T'Challa and his allies managed to kill off all of Thanos's forces, Thanos came to Wakanda. The Mad Titan completely overpowered T'Challa and the heroes and retrieved the Mind Stone, completing the Infinity Gauntlet. T'Challa disintegrated into ashes alongside Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, Bucky Barnes, and Groot when Thanos wiped out half of every civilization in the universe with the completed Infinity Gauntlet.
T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, the King of Wakanda, joined the ranks of those who supported government regulation after innocent citizens were collateral damage from an Avengers’ mission. But when events turn ugly, T’Challa must reveal himself as Black Panther and follow his own path. With his own agenda driving him, Black Panther aligned with Iron Man to achieve his own deeply personal goal.
- "In times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another as if we were one single tribe."
The three return to Wakanda and reunite with T'Challa's mother Ramonda and his younger sister Shuri in preparation for T'Challa's ceremony to become the new king. All of the tribes gather by a waterfall to witness. Zuri gives T'Challa a drink that removes the power of the Black Panther. With that, nobody from the other tribes chooses to challenge T'Challa, until the Jabari tribe show up, and their leader, M'Baku, steps up to try and take the throne from T'Challa. The two fight, with M'Baku almost succeeding until T'Challa gains the upper hand and puts M'Baku in a hold over the falls until he taps out and surrenders, allowing T'Challa to rightfully claim the throne. After the ceremony, T'Challa is given another drink to restore his powers before being buried in sand so that he may be taken into the ancestral plane. There, T'Challa sees his father. They embrace as T'Challa breaks down upon seeing him. T'Challa expresses his concerns over becoming king and doing the right thing. T'Chaka tells his son that while he is a good man, it is hard for a good man to be king.
T'Challa walks through downtown Wakanda with Nakia. He asks her to stay home to help him lead, but she shows hesitance in continuing to work in Wakanda. Later, T'Challa is with his best friend W'Kabi as they check on a wild rhino in a pen. They are then called by Okoye who is also W'Kabi's love to the palace. Klaue is set to sell the Vibranium piece to an American buyer in South Korea that night. W'Kabi wants to join T'Challa in finding Ulysses Klaue, as he murdered W'Kabi's parents, but T'Challa asks that he stay and keep things secure while he goes. Before the mission, T'Challa meets with Shuri, who has developed a number of impressive technology, including sound-absorbent shoes which she calls "sneakers", as well as modifications to the Panther Habit. It can be place inside a necklace and it absorbs each hit it takes and turns it into kinetic energy.
T'Challa, Nakia, and Okoye go undercover in Busan to a casino where they try to find Klaue and his buyer. T'Challa runs into Everett Ross, who is also undercover. Klaue and his goons show up, and he quickly realizes he is being set up. Okoye is compromised by one of Klaue's mercenaries, forcing her to fight them. Klaue and his men escape and ride through the streets, leading Nakia and Okoye to pursue them. T'Challa follows in his suit while Shuri rides a car through a projection back home that operates an actual car that T'Challa rides on. The mercenaries shoot at him, but the hits from the bullets give him the kinetic energy that he redirects to the villains. Klaue blasts at Nakia and Okoye, destroying their car but not killing them. T'Challa reaches Klaue's car and rips out a tire, causing him to crash. T'Challa goes to finish Klaue, but Nakia reminds him that people are watching. They take Klaue into custody.
Ross interrogates Klaue while T'Challa and Okoye listen in through a device T'Challa planted on Ross. Klaue reveals to Ross what he previously didn't know about Wakanda and all that it contains. Outside, Killmonger and his crew set up explosives behind a wall. Nakia sees this on security cameras and runs to warn everyone, but Killmonger blow open the wall. They start shooting, and Ross pushes Nakia out of the way, taking a bullet in the back. Killmonger takes Klaue away, and T'Challa notices a ring around Killmonger's neck similar to one that belonged to his grandfather. Ross is given Wakandan tech by T'Challa to keep him stabilized until they return home.
Back in Wakanda, W'Kabi expresses disappointment with T'Challa for failing to bring in Klaue. At the same time, Ross is being tended to by Shuri, who uses vibranium to heal his wounds. T'Challa then goes to find Zuri and ask him why Killmonger had his grandfather's ring. Zuri is then forced to admit what he knew about N'Jobu. In 1992, N'Jobu the young brother of T'Chaka had stolen the Vibranium to spread it to other people of African descent so that they may fight back against their oppressors. N'Jobu turned his gun on Zuri, and T'Chaka stepped in and killed N'Jobu with his claws. It filled T'Chaka with great regret, and they left his young son, Erik Stevens, behind. The boy was on the courtyard when this happened, and he later found his father's body. Erik would go on to become a black ops soldier who earned the nickname "Killmonger" due to his high body count, which is evident by the marks on his body for everyone he's ever killed.
Killmonger enters Wakanda with Klaue's corpse. He presents it to W'Kabi, who escorts Killmonger to the palace. Killmonger reveals his true name, "N'Jadaka", and that he is the N'Jobu's son. W'Kabi confirms it to everyone when he shows them Killmonger's ring. He announces his intention to claim the throne, and he challenges T'Challa for Black Panther. Everyone gathers for the challenge by the falls once again. Killmonger fights brutally and almost easily overpowers T'Challa. Zuri steps in to try and save T'Challa, knowing it is with him that Killmonger should hold a grudge. Killmonger fatally impales Zuri and takes T'Challa down before throwing him over the falls, to the horror of Ramonda, Shuri, and Nakia. Thus, Killmonger is made king.
Nakia goes with Ramonda, Shuri, and Ross to the mountains to find the Jabari tribe. They speak to M'Baku and ask for his help. He reveals to the group that they fished T'Challa out of the river, and that he is now in a coma. Ramonda grounds the herb into a drink to give T'Challa before they bury him in the snow that he rests upon. He goes into the ancestral plane and sees T'Chaka again, this time condemning his actions in leaving Killmonger behind. T'Chaka admits that this was the truth he hid from his son, and he expresses regret. T'Challa then wakes up. He requests M'Baku's help in fighting Killmonger, but he refuses.
Killmonger now has help from W'Kabi and other Wakandan soldiers as he plans to send their weapons across the world to other operatives and mercenaries as his father had planned. As one of their jets flies overhead, it is shot down by T'Challa, making his return as Black Panther. W'Kabi and his army charge against T'Challa, but he blasts them away with his kinetic energy. Okoye then leads the Dora Milaje into battle. Shuri gives Ross access to a jet to take down the others before they leave Wakanda. Ross is able to shoot them all down. Nakia joins Shuri and Okoye as they fight Killmonger, now in his own suit. W'Kabi unleashes armored rhinos into the battle. Suddenly, the Jabari arrive to help the Dora Milaje. One of the rhinos nearly runs down M'Baku until Okoye steps in. She forces W'Kabi and his soldiers to surrender.
Before Killmonger can hurt Shuri, T'Challa tackles him and they fall down into the Vibranium mines. They continue their fight until T'Challa utilizes the tech down there to mess with Killmonger's suit, leaving him exposed so that T'Challa may impale him with his own short spear. Now dying, Killmonger expresses regret over not seeing Wakanda beautiful. T'Challa carries Killmonger out of the mine to see the sunset, which N'Jobu had described to him as a sight to behold. T'Challa offers Killmonger a chance to be healed, but he declines, knowing he would only be imprisoned afterwards. Killmonger requests to be buried at sea with his ancestors, as they knew death was better than bondage. He pulls the spear out of his chest and dies peacefully.
Things become calm once again in Wakanda as T'Challa reclaims his throne. He once again asks Nakia to stay in Wakanda, as he has plans for her to help him. The two of them kiss. T'Challa brings Shuri to Oakland outside Killmonger's old apartment. T'Challa reveals he bought the building, as well as two buildings next to it so that he may establish a Wakandan outreach program that Nakia and Shuri will spearhead. He then brings down their jet so that the kids in the courtyard may see and be in awe of. One of the boys then approaches T'Challa and asks him who he is.
T'Challa is joined by Nakia, Shuri, and Okoye at the United Nations. He announces his plan to bring Wakanda out of hiding in the hope that they may work together with the rest of the world.
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In Captain America: Civil War, T'Challa has high respect towards other people, especially towards his father, T'Chaka. He honors the tradition and principles of Wakanda and is willing to take action whenever it is necessary. When his father died he was willing and ready to take on his rightful place as king of Wakanda. While he does not seem to favor a fight, he was very quick trying to avenge his father's death. An honorable fighter, T'Challa respects his opponents and is willing to spare his enemies' lives.
T'Challa can sometimes be impulsive when it comes to people he cares about; for example, after his father T'Chaka was killed and Bucky Barnes was framed for the attack on the United Nations Headquarters (which indirectly led to the death of T'Chaka) instead of doing a proper investigation, he believed the latter was responsible, even when he tried to explain to T'Challa that he didn't have anything to do with T'Chaka's death.
Upon discovering that Bucky had been innocent the entire time, T'Challa became horrified that he almost killed an innocent man, as feels guilt and remorse for his unjust actions against Steve and Bucky.
However, when he finally had the chance to avenge his father, T'Challa ultimately chose not to, knowing that doing so would make him fall as low as Zemo. As he stood by Zemo, the latter explained to him about how he had also lost his loved ones too, and that he and T'Challa were not different, as they both are in pursuit of revenge. It was at this moment that T'Challa realized that revenge has completely consumed Zemo, and he realized that this is not what his father would have wanted for him. In the end, he was willing to help Steve Rogers and his best friend Bucky Barnes, whom he had unjustly made responsible for his father's death, now allowing them to stay in Wakanda for safety; despite them now being declared international criminals by the United Nations, T'Challa was still able empathize with the pain both went through.
T'Challa displays a strong resolve, as when Steve warned him if the United Nations would discover that Wakanda is harboring Bucky, they may declare war on his country, he confidently stated to let them try; as T'Challa is willing to risk a war with the rest of the world if necessary.
T'Challa is not only capable of acknowledging mistakes, but he learns from them as well.
According to T'Chaka, T'Challa tends to disapprove of diplomacy, as he is more of a warrior at heart than a politician, despite this, he (apparently) supportive of the Sokovia Accords, however, in truth, he only joint Iron Man's faction to avenge his father's death (as he believed at the time that Bucky Barnes was responsible for T'Chaka's death) as T'Challa genuinely does not support or agree with the accords.
In Black Panther, after ascension to the throne as king of Wakanda, initially, T'Challa is constantly torn between honoring the traditions of Wakanda and helping the wider world. T'Challa personally questions Wakanda's isolationism, yet unable to find any solid reasons to take a stand on the issue other than traditions. While he agrees that Wakanda, as the most advanced country in the world, can and should do more to help the world, he is unwilling to revise the country's isolationist policies.
After T'Challa has been dethroned by his corrupted and very destructive cousin, N'Jadaka, learning about his father, T'Chaka's mistakes/unspeakable actions and the country being on the brink of declaring war against the rest of the world, that he realizes that Wakanda's isolationism had caused and will eventually cause, more harm than good to the nation's interests and that of the world at large. His epiphany on the matter becomes so firm that he berates his father's and his ancestors' insistence on isolationism in the spirit realm, and vows to make Wakanda truly a part of the world.
To that end, T'Challa initiates a variety of programs dedicated to providing aid to the needy in foreign countries, and promote exchanges in a variety of fields, as early steps to break Wakanda's isolation (abandoning most of Wakanda's traditions) in a very cautious manner, as it is impossible to fully share Wakanda's wealth, technological advancements and vibranium resources, without causing worldwide chaos.
T'Challa is not a very talkative person, as he usually stays silent during convesations and often talks in short sentences. Even though T'Challa almost always displays a mostly serious demeanor, he is actually quite humorous and sarcastic around his family and friends. He jokes and playfully interacts with his sister Shuri, his lover Nakia and his bodyguard Okoye. He also had a good friendship with his best friend W'Kabi and his advisor Zuri until the former lost faith in him for his failure to capture Ulysses Klaue.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Physiology: T'Challa's powers come from ingested the Heart-Shaped Herb; that gave him the power of the "Black Panther".
- Superhuman Strength: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, T'Challa's strength is immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; rivals that of even a Super Soldier. He could fight Winter Soldier on equal grounds, despite the latter's own strength and fighting ability, able to send him flying through the air with his attacks, and even dueled Captain America on equal grounds. Furthermore, he was able to swiftly tackle down a charging rhino and destroy a Wakandan plane using a Vibranium spear. T'Challa was able to overpower the Outriders and even topple down the Cull Obsidian during the Battle of Wakanda.
- Superhuman Speed: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, T'Challa's speed is immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; rivals that of even a Super Soldier. He was able to reach the second floor of the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre Building using his acrobatics before Bucky could walk up a set of stairs. He is fast enough to easily outrun moving vehicles and match the running pace of Captain America and Winter Soldier respectively, eventually overtaking Winter Soldier's motorcycle by using the vehicle Captain America hijacked as a springboard. T'Challa has proven to be a bit faster than Captain America, as shown during the Battle of Wakanda, when he ran at slightly superior speeds with him when rushing towards the Outriders.
- Superhuman Stamina: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, T'Challa's stamina is immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; his musculature produces fewer fatigue toxins during physical activity than the musculature of a normal human. T'Challa's body eliminates the excessive build-up of fatigue-producing chemicals in his muscles, granting him exceptional endurance and lung capacity, greater than of normal humans. He was able to intensely pursue the Winter Soldier on foot without any signs of fatigue.
- Superhuman Durability: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, T'Challa's durability is immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; as he can take much more damage than a normal human. Even when not wearing his Black Panther suit, he can survive blunt force trauma such as being hit with Winter Soldier's bionic arm and surviving the explosion at the Vienna International Centre with minor injuries, despite being right next to the blast's epicenter. While wearing the Black Panther suit, T'Challa's durability is increased further thanks to its Vibranium composition, which allowed him to withstand bullets and explosions while being completely unfazed.
- Superhuman Agility: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, T'Challa's agility is immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; becoming far greater than olympic athletes. He can coordinate his body with perfect balance, equilibrium, flexibility, and dexterity. His movements are equivalent to that of an actual panther, being capable of crawl and climb through walls and leap great distances with accuracy. He was able to lunge several feet when attempting to shield his father from the explosion in at the Vienna International Centre and could reach the second floor of the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre Building faster than Bucky could walk up a set of stairs. After being propelled into the air by a kinetic pulse, T'Challa was able to contort his body mid-air and land on the roof of a vehicle while it was traveling at high speeds.
- Superhuman Reflexes: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, T'Challa's reflexes are immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; becoming superior to those of the finest athletes, allowing him to effectively process the world at an accelerated rate to more efficiently find solutions using his senses and strategies. T'Challa was able to dodge and catch Hawkeye's arrows with ease. He was also fast enough to evade a blast from Ulysses Klaue's prosthetic arm and cover a grenade using his body as soon as he saw it.
- Superhuman Senses: After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, T'Challa's senses are immensely enhanced to superhuman levels; becoming superior to normal humans' senses.
- Accelerated Healing Factor: T'Challa's fast healing capabilities allow him to have a conditioned metabolism that enables an extraordinarily efficient recovery. After having consumed the Heart-Shaped Herb, T'Challa has suffered blunt force, cuts and bruises due to fighting for the Black Panther monarch. Afterwards; T'Challa recovered from many of the damages he endured and were healed in a matter of hours. This even enables him to fully recover from being at the brink of death in mere hours.
- Genius-Level Intellect: T'Challa has a very high intellectual mind that is on par with some of the greatest scientific pioneers in human history, as seen by him being smart enough to hand-craft his own Black Panther suit using his country's greatest resource with his own two hands.
- Master Tactician: T'Challa is a master in strategy and tactics. Due to his desire for revenge on Winter Soldier, T'Challa has been proven to be capable of planning an attack on Bucky in the short time the latter was on the run. When battling N'Jadaka, he used his knowledge of the flaws of the Vibranium suit to get the edge on his opponent in their rematch.
- Master Martial Artist: T'Challa is an extremely skilled martial artist, having been trained vigorously to become the greatest warrior and protector of Wakanda, the Black Panther, one of the greatest fighters on the planet. His unique Wakandan fighting style is very acrobatic and heavily attack-oriented, primarily utilizing powerful sweeping kicks, aerial takedowns, and slashing attacks with hooked and clawed fists, reminiscent of the manner in which an actual panther strikes. His attacks are fluid and swift, allowing him to transition from attack to defense rapidly. T'Challa's techniques combine African oriented martial arts and other styles, including Zulu Stick Fighting, Tiger Style Kung Fu, Wushu, Dambe, Laamb, Capoeira, Taekwondo and Muay Thai. His resulting skill is such that he is on par with the likes of Captain America, Winter Soldier and Black Widow. T'Challa has displayed the sufficient level of skill that in his fight with Winter Soldier after the latter had swiftly beaten Tony Stark, Sharon Carter and Natasha Romanoff, he could fight on par with and even pressure Bucky, forcing him to flee eventually. While wearing his suit, T'Challa is skilled enough to fairly quickly overpower and knock out Hawkeye using his staff unarmed, best and almost kill Winter Soldier and even fight on par with Captain America himself, briefly knocking him down, as well as contend with N'Jadaka while the latter was also in his Golden Jaguar suit and boosted by the Heart-Shaped Herb and eventually defeat the latter, although not without extreme effort; due to his cousin letting his guard down in their final confrontation. Even without the Heart-Shaped Herb, T'Challa's skill and rigorous training in martial arts make him highly formidable and he is also accomplished with the use of Wakandan weapons, as displayed when he fought for the Black Panther monarchy. He was able to best M'Baku, the leader of the Jabari Tribe, and go up against N'Jadaka, initially having the upper hand, but he ultimately lost the fight; partly due to the fact that he was hampered by his mercy and indecision to kill his cousin and mainly due to the fact that N'Jadaka was far more skilled and experience in armed/unarmed combat then T'Challa. T'Challa also managed to defeat hordes of the Border Tribe during the Battle for Wakanda and bested and killed many Outriders during the Battle of Wakanda.
- Master Acrobat: T'Challa is an professional gymnast and acrobat, which allowed him to quickly catch up to and cut off the Winter Soldier mere seconds after being knocked down, and the latter having gone up several flights of stairs. The Heart-Shaped Herb enhances his agility further to allow him to effortlessly outrun and vault over moving vehicles, perform aerial wheel kicks while fighting Captain America, and lunge forward several feet to knock Winter Soldier off his motorcycle.
- Skilled Pilot: T'Challa has shown to be a skilled and elusive pilot, managing to tail Iron Man all the way to Siberia without the latter knowing.
- Multilingualism: As a native Wakandan, T'Challa speaks Xhosa fluently, in addition to English (albeit with a thick Wakandan accent) and Korean.
- Heart-Shaped Herb Negation Serum: T'Challa's Heart-Shaped Herb powers are long-lasting; at least until he drinks a serum to negate the powers of the herbs for a trial combat for a fair fight to become king of Wakanda, when he became a normal human. As of Black Panther, all of the heart-shaped herbs were destroyed under the orders of N'Jadaka; therefore, if T'Challa drinks this serum one more time, he will permanently lose the power of the "Black Panther".
- Panther Habit: As Black Panther, T'Challa dons a uniquely crafted Vibranium-weave combat suit that, like Captain America's shield, is lightweight, nigh-indestructible, and renders him immune to most physical damages, especially from collisions and conventional firearms, though the Habit was notably susceptible to the electrical charges of Black Widow's Bite and vibranium weaponry. After his return to Wakanda, T'Challa received an updated version of the Black Panther suit designed by Shuri to be more advanced than the traditional Black Panther suit, capable of absorbing and manipulating energy for various purposes.
- Jet: T'Challa utilizes a technologically-advanced personal jet, similar to the Avengers' Quinjet, when he needs to travel the world quickly. When Black Widow prevented him from capturing Bucky in Germany, T'Challa used the jet to follow Iron Man from the Raft to Siberia because he knew that Tony was going after Bucky too, arriving just a few moments later.
- Wakandan Royal Ring: T'Challa possesses a royal ring that symbolize his possession as the prince, later the king of Wakanda. The royal ring was obtained by T'Challa from his father, T'Chaka; after his death.
- Kimoyo Beads: The Kimoyo beads are pieces of advanced Wakandan technology used by T'Challa to communicate and control any system they're interfaced with; such as the medical equipment used to stabilize the condition of Everett Ross.
- Golden Tribe
- River Tribe
- Nakia - Lover and ally.
- Dora Milaje
- Okoye - Friend and ally.
- Border Tribe
- W'Kabi - Best friend turned enemy.
- Steve Rogers/Captain America - Enemy turned ally.
- Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier - Enemy turned ally.
- Tony Stark/Iron Man - Ally; deceased.
- Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow - Ally; deceased.
- Everett Ross - Ally.
- James Rhodes/War Machine - Arresting officer turned ally.
- Peter Parker/Spider-Man - Ally.
- Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch - Ally.
- Scott Lang/Ant-Man - Enemy turned ally.
- Sam Wilson/Samuel Wilson - Ally.
- Clint Barton/Hawkeye - Enemy turned ally.
- Zuri - Advisor and ally; deceased.
- Ulysses Klaue - Enemy; deceased.
- Helmut Zemo - Enemy.
- Thanos - Enemy and killer; deceased.
- Thanos (2014 version) - Enemy; deceased.
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (5 films)
- Marvel Cinematic Universe (1 comic)
Behind the scenes
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- A member of the Dora Milaje appears as one of T'Challa's bodyguards in Captain America: Civil War.
- T'Challa's screen time in Captain America: Civil War is 10:15.
- Chadwick Boseman auditioned to play Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Captain America: Civil War
Promotion, Filming and Concept Art
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