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MCU Phase 3 — Black Panther “King of Wakanda”

By Muuka Muyumba

The biggest response to a new character announced last Tuesday was when Kevin Feige told us that Black Panther was in fact coming to the big screen.  T’Challa and Wakanda will be coming to the MCU for the first time, despite several allusions and Easter eggs within the previous film history.


We got an early allusion to Wakanda in Iron Man 2 when Nick Fury discusses Stark’s fitness to join the Avengers Initiative. A screen behind them shows various targets for the initiative, including a site in eastern Africa.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. also gave us a glimpse of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s interest in Africa when the team noted that there was a base near where Wakanda is said to be.

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, some of the first shots of the movie were filmed in South Africa and (POSSIBLE SPOILERS) it appears that Ultron somehow enlists Scarlet Witch to possess The Hulk to distract the Avengers while Ultron procures Vibranium to complete his transformation into an unstoppable force (my opinion).

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We also know that Andy Serkis is likely playing classic Black Panther villain Dr. Ulysses Klaw, which is a great surprise for fans as many assumed that Serkis was simply doing some motion-capture acting in the film. No matter who much we see in Age of Ultron, we now know that Wakanda and Black Panther are no longer background players. The Black Panther is coming!

The Black Panther is the ceremonial title given to the chief of the Panther Tribe of the advanced African nation of Wakanda. In the comics, a meteorite made of the vibration-absorbing mineral vibranium crashed in Wakanda, and was unearthed. Reasoning that outsiders would exploit Wakanda for this valuable resource, the ruler at the time, King T’Chaka, like his father and other Panthers before him, concealed his country from the outside world. In the Ultimate Marvel storyline, the Black Panther is T’Challa Udaku, a young man who is experimented on in the Weapon X program before being liberated by Nick Fury.

The Panther is entitled to eat a special Heart-Shaped Herb which, in addition to his mystical connection with the Wakandan Panther God, grants him superhumanly acute senses and increases his strength, speed, stamina, reflexes, and agility to Olympic-levels. The Panther’s suit is also infused with Vibranium, making him impervious to bullets and nearly indestructible. Feige granted us a look at concept art for Black Panther that was very true to the comic aesthetic of the character.

At the end of the presentation, and after long tease, we were introduced to the Black Panther: Chadwick Boseman, who had long been rumored to be in the running for the role. Boseman is a skilled and charismatic actor who has burst onto the scene in 2 biopics as Jackie Robinson and James Brown. 2 larger-than-life real people who afforded Boseman an opportunity to show his electric talent. Now, he’ll have a chance to fill the shoes of a classic avenging hero, not just in this solo film, but also in Captain America 3: Civil War.

Black Panther is set to fill the role occupied by Spider-Man in the Civil War storyline, which saw the young hero as a pawn in the battle between Captain America and Iron Man. As noted before, the Civil War story set two leading Avengers on either side of a fight between factions of heroes considering whether to comply with registration of powers or not. The Black Panther will have to decide what side he is on between Cap and Stark.

The Black Panther comes to theaters on November 3, 2017.