“Marvel superhero Black Panther finally made his on-screen debut over the weekend in Captain America: Civil War. The character had a whole lot of screen time, and it led to a ton of character development, building towards his 2018 solo film, which couldn’t come soon enough. Now that Black Panther is in the cinematic universe, what do we know about him? Recently, we talked about the comic version versus what we assumed the film version would be like. Now that the film is out, we know a whole lot more about this character. Here’s what we learned about Black Panther.
Warning: Spoilers for Captain America: Civil War will be discussed below.
Chadwick Boseman played the part of T’Challa, who eventually becomes Black Panther during the film. Obviously, this theatrical version of the character won’t be exactly like his comic book counterpart, so during Civil War, there were a few surprises. In addition, there’s still a lot of questions about this character, which probably won’t get answered until the Black Panther film in 2018. However, here’s what we learned about Black Panther in Civil War.
- T’Challa was only involved because Wakandans were killed on a goodwill mission in Lagos. The people of Wakanda are a nation separated from the rest of civilization. During the battle between Crossbones and the Avengers, 11 Wakandans were killed, so Wakanda decided to step out of the shadows and be a part of the modern world.
- He isn’t the king of Wakanda at the beginning of the film. He’s at the signing of the Sokovia accord with his father, who is currently king. After the bombing, the king dies, and that’s when T’Challa becomes king of Wakanda. His father’s death sets his whole story in motion.
- T’Challa, as Black Panther, has been trained. He is an excellent hand-to-hand combatant, holding his own against both Winter Soldier and Captain America…”