He was first introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015’s Captain America: Civil War. This was where the assassination of his father put the Black Panther in the centre of the clash between Tony Stark’s Iron Man and Steve Rodgers.
Now, T’Challa’s first solo outing looks set to be one of Marvel’s biggest blockbusters yet. Additionally, it introduces the King of Wakanda’s mysterious nation.
However, new fans and non-comic readers may gain some clue as to who he is, and what the film has in store, by looking back on the ground-breaking origins of the character.
The Black Panther was Marvel’s first black superhero. T’Challa has proved to be one of the most popular superheroes in print during his tenure as Wakanda’s fabled protector.
The Black Panther made his first ever appearance in 1966 in the Fantastic Four issue number 52. It cast him as the villain of the plot. Sending a gift of a flying car, he requested a meeting with Reid and Sue Richards, Johnny Storm, and The Thing.
Luring them to Wakanda, King T’Challa looked to be setting himself up as a rival to Doctor Doom. He had used his superpowers and scientific know-how to battle and trap Marvel’s first family.
Thanks to the help of Johnny’s college roommate, Wyatt Wingfoot, the Torch was freed from his prison and managed to turn the tables on the Panther.
His people’s greatest hero
The King’s shadowy tactics turned out to be part of a greater plan to keep Wakanda safe. The Fantastic Four discovered he was trying to prepare himself for his greatest test yet by fighting against them.
It turned out that T’Challa was afraid of the return of Klaw, a scientist and criminal who needed to harvest Vibranium to make his sonic emitter work.
When Klaw first arrived in Wakanda, T’Challa was only a child when his father King T’Chaka was murdered while defending Wakanda and its sacred mountain.
Though it’s the king’s son who defeats Klaw with his own weapon, taking off the villain’s hand in the process. It was then that T’Challa took on the mantel of the king and also the Black Panther, his people’s greatest hero and protector.