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Black Panther
Biographical information
Real name

T'Challa

Alternative name(s)

The Black Panther
The king of Wakanda

Physical description
Species

Human

Gender

Male

Hair color

Black

Eye color

Brown

Personal information
Enemies

Man Ape

Powers

Enhanced Senses, Reflexes, and Agility

Equipment

Black Panther Suit,
Vibranium Claws

Chronological and political information
Affiliation

Avengers

Production details
First appearance

Welcome to Wakanda

Voiced by

James C. Mathis III

Image gallery (28)

T'Challa is the Black Panther and is the current king of Wakanda and a member of the Avengers.

Biography

T'Challa's early life is largely unknown.

Throne threatened

T'Challa

T'Challa

After the fall of his father T'Chaka at the hands of Man-Ape leading to the takeover of the kingdom, he fled from his nation Wakanda and became the next Black Panther as he traveled to New York City seeking for help.

When he got to New York on a cargo ship, he was confronted by a group of sailors who took him as a stowaway and attempted to get him. He defeated them and jumped ship into the dark Manhattan night.

Panther's Quest

He arrived at Avengers Mansion and looked up the profiles of the Avengers to find out about them secretly. After learning about Captain America, he saves him from being killed by Baron Zemo when he invades the mansion.

As Captain America confronts him with an unfriendly attitude, T'Challa introduces himself to him and the Avengers and tells them he needs their help to free Wakanda from the evil Man Ape. They flew back to Wakanda with him and he goes off to fight Man Ape by himself. Captain America tried to help him, but, was told to not interfere.

The Avengers agreed to aid him and help T'Challa liberate Wakanda from the Man-Ape. With his country free and him as the new king he decides to join the Avengers. He even told his people that their hiding for too long is over and wanted them to change their old ways to new ones and modernize. Black Panther was accepted into the Avengers thanks to Wasp's persuasion.

Gamma World

Black Panther went with his new teammates to search for Hawkeye. They cornered him and were about to capture him before they were interrupted by S.H.I.E.L.D., who needed their help with an investigation regarding the Leader. He and the others were sent into the dome and were attacked by several villains inside of it. He and some of the Avengers managed to not get infected and saved the world briefly from the dome.[1]

However, this was averted when the Leader pressed a mere button and restored everything back to what it was. Black Panther could not escape this time and was turned into a gamma monster along with Iron Man, Captain America, and Wasp. He brought a non-infected Thor to the Leader and obeyed the Leader's order to go away as he interrogated the Asgardian. Black Panther was cured with a dart from Hawkeye when he shoot it at him. After the Leader was defeated by Hulk, Thor and Hawkeye, Hawkeye joined the Avengers.[2]

Masters of Evil

The Avengers were separated while the newly formed Masters of Evil chose to exact their revenge. Black Panther and Hawkeye were with each other while the Masters of Evil captured Wasp. Hawkeye expressed literal distaste in the juices of a herb Black Panther was stirring and proceeded to spit it out and wash his mouth out with water while Black Panther expressed a twisted joy in his distaste. Black Panther and Hawkeye picked up Ant Man from Wakanda and dropped him off at his lab while the two distracted the Masters of Evil.

Abomination grabbed Black Panther before letting him go so that Baron Zemo could execute him. Black Panther told Baron Zemo and the other Masters of Evil that he would accept his death with honor and pride before he revealed to Zemo that he and Hawkeye had been stalling them so that Ant Man could get his tools he needed to defeat them. Once Ant Man arrived, Black Panther fought The Crimson Dynamo with Wasp.

Going after Black Widow

Black Panther and Captain America stood by as Hawkeye was scolded by Iron Man and Nick Fury. The two apologized and offered to go after Black Widow with him. T'Challa told Cap "At least we know his weakness now, if he were to turn on us" after Hawkeye allowed Mockingbird to come with them. The four separated, Black Panther and Captain America staying in the ship while Hawkeye and Mockingbird were at the H.Y.D.R.A. base Black Widow was in. T'Challa and Cap joined them and the four stormed the base. Black Panther, Mockingbird and Captain America held off the H.Y.D.R.A. agents while Hawkeye went after Black Widow. After the mission, the three went back to the Avengers Mansion.

Kang the Conqueror

When Kang the Conqueror tried to kill Captain America, Black Panther defended him. Kang showed him and the other Avengers what would happen if they did not let him destory Cap. The Earth would be wiped out. The Avengers didn't believe him and attacked him. Iron Man used Kang's chair to get them home. Kang fled to Damocles Base and lauched an invasion on Earth.

Black Panther battled robots on the ground with help from Captain America, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, and Hulk. They destroyed them, but they restored themselves. Wasp used the Quinjet to destory them. When Kang's forces attacked Wakanda, Black Panther returned there and destroyed the robots. Kang was eventaully defeated and taken into custudy.

Malekith's War

T'Challa, along Thor and Iron Man, defeated Radioactive Man when he attacked Stark Tower. When Malekith froze the world, Black Panther travelled to Norway and defeated Malekith, along with Thor and Iron Man. The Casket of Ancint Winters was closed by Thor, but later was stolen by Enchantress. Thor tried to follow her into Asgard but was locked out.

Ultron

Hank Pym's Ultron robot went rogue and took over all of Iron Man's armors. Black Panther held them off, along with Wasp, Hulk and Hawkeye. Hawkeye told Wasp and Hulk to go fight Ultron while he and Black Panther hold the remaining two off. Just then, all four robots get back up and fully recover. Black Panther was then apologized to by him.

Avengers Disassembled

When Iron Man, "Captain America", Wasp, and Ms. Marvel went to the pizza resturant, Hulk and Panther were on guard duty. While Panther was meditating.[3]

Back at the Avengers Mansion, the team were confronted by Iron Man in their startling revelations about the Skrull infiltration of Earth, which heated up into a fight among themselves. After their clash is stopped, Panther had decided that they can't trust anyone not even each other, which resulted to the withdrawal of Iron Man, Black Panther and Ms. Marvel, leavng only Hawkeye,Wasp, Hulk, and "Captain America" in the team.[3]

When Panther went back to Wakanda, he donned his cape and ordered his people to mobilize and prepare for the Skrull invasion.[3]

Skrull Invasion

When a ship of Skrulls landed in Wakanda, Black Panther went with several Wakanda officials to investigate. Ms. Marvel, who had gotten to the ship first, did not know what to believe. He fought her and the Skrulls, before she realized that he was the real T'Challa. They were joined by Hawkeye and Wasp, the four questioned a Skrull resembling Iron Man.[4]
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Black Panther and his Dora Milaje

He and the other Avengers held off a couple of Skrulls, before being joined by Iron Man, and a returning Captain America and Thor. After helping the Avengers again, he returned to Wakanda.[5]

Return to the Avengers

Feeling sorry for him and out of respect for his former teammate, he arranged for Captain America's Shield to be repaired. While on his way to repair his former teammate's shield, Black Panther was continuously pestered by Hawkeye, who held a grudge against him for not wanting to join the Avengers during the Skrull invasion.

When Hawkeye tried to defeat Black Panther from behind and there by, warrant the crown to Wakanda, Black Panther constantly reminded him that he was on his turf just as several of the Wakanda women attacked and easily defeated Hawkeye.

Black Panther later fought Vision with the rest of his teammates. He struck blows at him several times, before being shoved off and thrown. After Vision was defeated, Black Panther rejoined the Avengers.

Yellowjacket

When Hank Pym was thought to have been killed, Black Panther honured him with a lot of other heroes. When a strange person called "Yellowjacket" attacked the Serpant Socity, he tried to find out who he was. Wasp proved that Yeloowjacket was Hank Pym. He teleported them into his prision. Black Panther let him use his ID card and Iron Man's Arc Reactor to get them out. After the incident, Yellowjacket joined the avengers.

When an unknown virus affected people, Black Panther helped Iron Man find a cure. He later got affected by the virus, but was cured when Iron Man found the cure.

Kree War

When the Kree open up a wormhole near Earth's sun, the Avengers must shut it down before it's too late. The Avengers must enter a wormhole that the Kree have created, in order to shut it down. In order to enter the wormhole, and destroy the generators keeping it open, Black Panther must control a guidance system. He's alone on the ship, when the flight controls shut down. As Captain America is about to go save him, Panther and Iron Man tell him to stop. Cap reluctantly lets the ship crash into the sun, with Panther in it. The Avengers helplessly watched as the Kree ship burned.[6]

However, just as the ship is about to crash, Panther uses its teleporter to take him to a Kree ship on the other side of the wormhole. On the Kree ship, he steals a smaller ship, and follows the Avengers down to Hala. Panther rescued Iron Man, Vision, Hawkeye, and Thor from a monster. And helped them free the others. He then travels back to Earth with them.[7]

Galactus

When Galactus threatened to devour the Earth, Black Panther helped Hulk, Winter Soldier, Ant-Man (Scott Lang), and Invisible Woman to help fight Firelord. After defeating him, the tower was destroyed. Galactus was sent into the Negative Zone. Black Panther was with the other Avengers when they were hailed as Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Personality

T'Challa is a man of responsibilities. He felt guilty for not saving his father, T'Chaka, from Man-Ape's wrath in the challenge of the throne of Wakanda. He dons his new Black Panther suit to go to the outside world for help. He believes in maintaining a close eye on his comrades, which to some may imply that he doesn't trust them as much as he should.

Though some of his tactics may be looked at as distrustful and risky, Black Panther only wants to help others and protect the people of Earth.

Physical Appearance

Black Panther Suit

The Black Panther costume.

T'Challa is an adult African Male human with dark hair, brown skin, light brown eyes. His superhero costume is a skin-tight, full-body black cat ninja suit, which is armed with vibranium claws and weapons.

Powers & Abilities

Thanks to the Heart Shaped Herb , T'Challa has enhanced speed, agility, strength, endurance, healing, and senses. He has natural infrared and night vision. All of these attributes have been raised to superhuman levels.

Abilities

T'Challa is a brilliant tactician, strategist, scientist, tracker and a master of all forms of unarmed combat whose unique hybrid fighting style incorporates acrobatics and aspects of animal mimicry. T'Challa being a royal descendent of a warrior race is also a master of armed combat, able to use a variety of weapons but prefers unarmed combat. He is a master planner who always thinks several steps ahead and will go to extreme measures to achieve his goals and protect the kingdom of Wakanda.

Equipment

  • Black Panther Suit: T'Challa's vibranium-weave uniform absorbs the kinetic force of impacts, rendering him bulletproof. His costume's gloves can generate energy daggers, or form a staff and house anti-metal claws that dissolve other metals on contact. His boot soles are thick Vibranium alloy pads which can vibrate at various frequencies, allowing him to run up the sides of buildings, land soundlessly and without injury.
  • Vibranium Claws: T'Challa uses them for melee combat.

Relationships

T'Chaka

T'Chaka was T'Challa's father. He loved his son and believed that T'Challa will be a great and better king to all of Wakanda. When he met his end by Man-Ape in a challenge for the throne, his son T'Challa had vowed to avenge his death and went to America for help from the Avengers. After Man-Ape's defeat, his father's death was avenged.

Captain America

Captian America The two seem to have a mutual respect and shared sense of responsibility. Panther saved Steve's life in Living Legend, and Rogers returned the favor in Panther's Quest. He also fixed the captain's shield. Panther also admits that, sometimes, Cap is a "very dificult man to be found"

Hawkeye

Hawkeye is T'Challa's fellow Avenger. The both of them were induced fairly closely together, to the point of both being forgotten as Avengers, so it is likely that they bonded over that. As Hawkeye is seen complaining to T'Challa at the Wakandan embassy, they probably spend time outside of the Avengers togther. Also, Hawkeye looked to T'Challa to confirm that he was not a Skrull and jokingly challenged him for the throne of Wakanda.

The Dora Milaje

The Dora Milaje are a ceremonial tradition to Wakanda and serve as body guards and Wives in training.

Appearances

Trivia

  • Black Panther was the first black superhero ever created in the Marvel Comics.
  • Unlike in the comics, Black Panther did not join the Avengers to spy on them but to earn their trust.
  • Fans thought Black Panther died in "Operation Galactic Storm", but he returned in "Live Kree or Die".
  • Like his comic book counterpart, Black Panther is King of Wakanda and wears a cape when he is sitting on his throne.

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