With Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, we finally got to witness the African nation of Wakanda raise its head above the surface and let the Marvel Universe know, that the White Man no longer holds the stick. Black Panther not only broke several stereotypes, but it also ensured that those voids are positively reinforced by a much better perception of the African Culture. Surely, a movie of this caliber and magnitude is bound to garner some criticism. But Black Panther has managed to get ahead of the haters and secure his place as a rightful member of the Avengers. All Hail the King!! Even still, we are not here to sing the praises of Black Panther. We are here to break your bubble. The Black Panther you know and love is not how you see him be. He also holds some dark secrets within. Presenting – 10 Interesting Black Panther facts we are surprised Marvel is trying to hide from fans!!!
10. Coal Tiger
Black Panther did not make his debut with the classic black toned Vibranium suit. When he entered the arena back in 1966 in an issue of the Fantastic four, T’Challa decided to wear a skin-tight spandex costume along with a cape. As if that was not stereotypical enough, the color combination of that costume was also extremely vibrant. The name of Black Panther was Coal Tiger. He wore a costume that was a mixture of red, white, grey and yellow. The name Black Panther was given by Stan Lee, who had to talk Jack Kirby out of the idea of naming the world’s first African American Superhero into a huge stereotype.
9. His name was a huge controversy in the 1960’s
Black Panther is a superhero name now. But back then, Black Panther was synonymous with a part of the same name. The Black Panther party, founded by Bobby Seale and Huey p. Newton aimed to use extremist methods to fight White America and defend the rights of the Blacks. The LCFO organization was another democratic party in Alabama that fought for the rights of Black voters. Their symbol was the Black Panther. When Stan Lee got wind of it, he immediately changed the name of Black Panther to Black Leopard, so that the superhero is not politically colored in any sense.
8. He has fought the Ku Klux Klan
Imagine the biggest, meanest and most vile form of scum urchins. Now multiply that feeling a thousand times. I give you the KKK aka the Ku Klux Klan, a group of dumbass white supremacists that still believe that the world is theirs. Black Panther, being an African American Superhero who was becoming more and more popular in an era that was dominated by the Civil Rights movement, also caught the attention of racist white Americans. The Black Panther, due to the request of the lead writers to Marvel Comics, took part in a story arc where he visits the home town of his then-girlfriend and faces off against the Ku Klux Klan. The iconic picture of Black Panther strapped to a burning wooden stake is a common pop culture trope now.
7. He destroyed the entire world’s Vibranium supply
After Doctor Doom used nanobots to spy on Wakanda and influence the political climate there, Black Panther immediately sensed that something fishy was going on. But before he could act, Doom used an army of rebels and the information he had collected from the nano-bots to conduct a coup d’état and seized Wakanda’s entire vibranium supply. He used that Vibranium to build an army of invincible doom-bots, and armor that could control the whole world’s vibranium. After all his efforts failed, Black Panther managed to trick Doom out of the suit, donned it himself and destroyed all the Vibranium on the planet before Doom had a chance to use it. It was a huge political disaster for Wakanda but Black Panther managed to save his people.
6. He has something as powerful as the Infinity Stones
The Marvel Comics Universe is filled with objects of immense power. One such object is King Solomon’s frogs. While not as well-known as the Infinity Gauntlet or the Cosmic Cube, King Solomon’s Frogs also have the power to grant wishes and warp space-time. One time Black Panther used it and was transported to a future timeline where he was at the crux of a Skrull Invasion of Earth. Another time, Black Panther used it and was split into two. The first half remained in the present timeline and was pretty strict and stern in his ways, brooding all the time. The second half was a cheerful fellow and had a good sense of humor. He was transported 10 years into the future. The latter died after the former suffered a brain aneurysm since both share a psychic bond.
5. He led Wakanda to War against Atlantis
After Namor is infected by the Phoenix Force, all hell breaks loose! The King of Atlantis goes completely insane, mad with power. He unleashes an entire tsunami on Wakanda, which kills thousands of its residents. As revenge, T’Challa decides to attack Atlantis and completely levels the city. The War ends with most of Atlantis’ generals being tried for War Crimes. As retribution, Namor informs Thanos that the Wakandans are hiding his son, who is prophesized to kill the Mad Titan. Thanos, in turn, destroys the entire nation of Wakanda in search of his son.
4. He became the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen
After Matt Murdock aka Daredevil possessed by the Hand and commits several heinous acts, he takes a leave of absence after realizing all the wrongs he has done. Black Panther helps Daredevil in protecting Hell’s Kitchen while he is gone. Matt Murdock entrusts the lives of his people with T’Challa, who is ready to take the job. As the new Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, T’Challa discovers that his true identity is not as a king but as a protector. He successfully defends Hell’s Kitchen from Vlad the Impaler and hands over the reins to Daredevil when he comes back whole again.
3. He is a genius
Black Panther, believe it or not, is one of the smartest minds on the planet. His genius is enough to rival that of Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, and even Reed Richards. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford University, and holds expertise in several other fields of science, including but not limited to engineering, weaponry, particle physics, metallurgy, chemistry, and astrophysics. Given enough time, he is even capable enough to reverse engineer planet killing bombs made out of alien technology.
2. He has worn the Infinity Gauntlet
In 2008’s acclaimed Secret Wars storyline, Doctor Doom now rules over an abominable reality made up of multiple colliding universes. The Resistance, secretly led by Doctor Doom’s Right-Hand man Doctor Strange, is severely weakened after Doom finds out Strange is the one leading the resistance and kills him. Strange, for his part, send a pre-recorded message to Black Panther, revealing that Strange has hidden the Infinity Gauntlet in a secret location that could be used to overthrow Doctor Doom and end his reign of tyranny. Black Panther wears the Gauntlet and ends Doctor Doom’s wrath once and for all.
1. He is not actually the King of Wakanda
In Wakanda, the process of choosing the ruler is a bit different. We could also say primitive but it is also effective. The Panther Tribe, of which T’Challa is the chief, holds the majority of power because they have the support of the other tribes of the nation. Once another tribe with large enough support manages to get the center-stage, they can challenge the current ruler for the throne. In more ways than one, Wakanda’s system of faux-democracy is way better than the ones installed in some countries in the real world.
Black Panther will appear next in Avengers: Endgame set for release on 26th April 2019. The official film synopsis of the movie has been recently released and it states:
“After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.”