Black Panther hit theatres all over the world , to absolutely rave reviews, thus living up to its name as the most anticipated Marvel Cinematic Universe single. Starring Chadwick Boseman in the titular role, the film received a whopping 97% from Rotten Tomatoes and an 87% from Metacritic, two highly dependable movie review websites.
Marvel started the year on a positive note, following up after the widely successful Thor: Ragnarok. It is directed by Ryan Coogler and features original songs by Kendrick Lamar.
Now, to the tale of the tape, let’s talk about some of the things you might not know about the King of Wakanda.
#1. He is the earliest mainstream Black-skinned superhero irrespective of comics:
Be it DC or Marvel, Black Panther is the first so-called Black-skinned superhero, in mainstay comics. He even predates the Black Panther party in the USA which came about in 1966. As a result, Marvel had even renamed him to Black Leopard for a while.
He is older than Falcon and Luke Cage (who was the first African American superhero) and Jon Stewart a.k.a Green Lantern.
#2. He derives his power from a plant
Many years ago, a vibranium meteorite crashed into his kingdom, Wakanda. The metal bonded with the soil of his nation and thus rendered this particular herb, radioactive and mystical.
Consuming it hence gave the cult of the Black Panthers, their abilities, which is in many ways similar to Captain America’s super soldier serum.
#3. Like the Black Panther, his country has other cults:
Besides the Black Panther cult, Wakanda has a White Gorilla cult, a Lion cult and a crocodile cult.
The Egyptian deity, later also worshipped in Wakanda, Bast is the presiding deity of the Panther cult. Sekhmet is the deity of the Lion cult. Sobek, the crocodile god used to be one of Wakanda’s most ancient gods.
The only one rivalling the Panthers, were the White Gorilla cult, who worshipped Ghekre, the gorilla god. M’Baku (Man-Ape) belongs to this tribe and has a long standing rivalry with T’Challa, the Black Panther.
#4. Ulysses Klaw, T’Challa’s main antagonist, is played by Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis’ tryst with antagonistic roles is old. He has in fact played two of the most iconic negative roles in the LOTR Universe: the creature Smeagol, also called Gollum and the Witch King of Angmar.
He had played Klaw in Age of Ultron as well, when he actually received the wound that would give him the name.
Throughout the comic series he tries to get his hands on the rich vibranium mound in Wakanda. The fact that the entire nation is hidden and highly advanced in technology, makes his job difficult.
So those are some of the things that you would find interesting about a character which happens to be one of Marvel’s most iconic. As a matter of fact, he has had independent films to his name since the 90’s.
So, grab your tickets and catch the movie as soon as you can!