Marvel released a teaser trailer for the Black Panther that featured Chadwick Boseman again as T’Challa and some new faces on June 9, 2017.
Black Panther brings diversity to the world of Marvel as one of the first successful comic book series to feature an African American protagonist who later joins the Avengers. Other iconic Black heroes in the Marvel franchise includes Luke Cage, War Machine, and Blade. Later joining the more diversified characters were Hawkman and Nick Fury as seen in the live-action Marvel films, and Miles Morales who is half Puerto Rican and the most recent reincarnation of the friendly neighborhood Spiderman.
What we know about Black Panther is his history with a first appearance in the Fantastic Four Vol. 1 #52 comic in 1966. T’Challa is introduced as the king of Wakanda, a fictional african nation that is home to the panther tribe. The mantle of the Black Panther is passed down from generations of Kings and inhabits the spiritual powers of the panther. Their advancement in technology came from a meteorite harvesting the fictional mineral of vibranium. Captain American’s shield is made from vibranium that is the strongest mineral due to its absorption of vibrations (hence its name).
The Wakanda tribe hides themselves from the world using their modern technology and protects the vibranium at all costs. It’s only the choice of T’Challa that exposes Wakanda to the outside world and contributes to Marvel Comics teams including The Avengers, Fantastic Four, and Defenders.
Black Panther’s new costume as revealed in Avengers Age of Ultron enhances protection, speed, and strength, creating a problem for Captain America and The Winter Soldier. Although T’Challa choose to stay on #teamironman, he held a personal agenda against The Winter Soldier when he was framed for killing the King of Wakanda (T’Challa’s father). Throughout the film T’Challa discovered the true manipulator of the disagreement between Captain America and Iron Man while realizing the misplaced rage amongst heroes created unnecessary conflict.
The Black Panther seen in Avengers Age of Ultron was a moderator, but this new film may question his rise to King and may explain his origin story. One villain already featured includes Ulysses Klaue, the arms dealer that Ultron ripped an arm off in Avengers Age of Ultron, and we may see Man-Ape.