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Top 10 Black Panther Facts

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Craig Butler They say cats are expert at hunting down their prey and this one is no exception. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down the Top 10 Black Panther Facts. Many Marvel heroes got their start as guest stars in already established comics. For Black Panther, his launching pad was with none other than the Fantastic Four. Special thanks to our user EmJay for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Craig Butler

Top 10 Black Panther Facts


They say cats are expert at hunting down their prey and this one is no exception. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we're counting down the top 10 facts about the Black Panther.

#10: Black Panther First Appeared in a Fantastic Four Story

Many Marvel heroes got their start as guest stars in already established comics. For Black Panther, his launching pad was with none other than the Fantastic Four. He leapt into action in 1966’s Fantastic Four #52, sending Mister Fantastic and company a flying car as a gift. Then, in true Marvel fashion, he attacked them. Of course, this was only to see if they were really as fantastic as they were rumored to be. Their friendship quickly developed and the Panther has continued to be involved with them frequently through the years.

#9: He Rules the Fictional Country of Wakanda

The Black Panther’s real name is T’Challa and he is not just your average Joe superhero. He is actually the king of an entire country, the African nation of Wakanda. Centuries ago, Wakanda was struck by meteorites which contained a rare metal known as vibranium. This metal was said to be one of the most powerful in the world. As a matter of fact, Captain America’s shield is made of it, and Black Panther’s costume also makes use of it. Vibranium has made Wakanda a wealthy country, allowing it to become one of the most technologically advanced in the world.

#8: There Have Been Black Panther Heroes for 10,000 Years

T’Challa is the best-known Black Panther, but he is far from the first. Black Panther is in fact a ceremonial title bestowed upon the leaders of Wakanda, although they must prove themselves worthy of it. It is said that the first to carry the name Black Panther ruled Wakanda 10,000 years ago. The Black Panther costume is not just for heroics. It is actually official ceremonial garb and is worn during specific ceremonies and often on diplomatic missions. T’Challa is but the latest in a long line of individuals to carry the honorable name of Black Panther.

#7: Daredevil Asked Him to Watch Over Hell’s Kitchen

The legendary Manhattan neighborhood known as Hell’s Kitchen has long been the stomping grounds of the Man Without Fear. But even daredevil needs a break on occasion. It just so happened that an injured T’Challa slipped into a coma. When he recovered from that situation, he needed to ease himself back into superhero duties. By taking over patrol of Hell’s Kitchen for Daredevil, the Panther got his heroic feet wet again and Daredevil got a change of scenery for a while.

#6: “Captain America: Civil War” Is His Live Action Debut

Although the Black Panther has been seen numerous times on various animated Marvel projects, “Captain America: Civil War” marks his live action debut. That’s not for lack of trying, though. A Black Panther film project has been considered since at least 1992, and one was announced as early as 2005. All hope is not lost for the Wakanda King though as, after “Civil War,” he will finally appear in his own film and will presumably be a permanent part of the Marvel cinematic universe – About time, too!

#5: Wesley Snipes Wrote a Black Panther Screenplay (for Himself)

Back in the 1990s, Wesley Snipes was a significant “name” in the movie business. It’s no wonder that the charismatic actor was interested in playing T’Challa on the big screen and he worked hard to make a Panther movie a reality. Snipes even went so far as to craft a screenplay for the project himself. Unfortunately, Snipes as Black Panther hit various snags along the way and the projected film was never made. Snipes did, of course, create another Marvel character onscreen, the vampire hunter Blade.

#4: Star of Marvel’s First Graphic Novel? Black Panther

What exactly is a graphic novel? That’s something that is open to debate, but it’s a term often applied to a lengthy story told in comic book form, usually with a recognizable story arc. The phrase gained popularity in the 1980s with the groundbreaking Watchmen and Dark Knight series. But many people apply the term to earlier tales. Comics Bulletin publisher Jason Sacks believes that the “Panther’s Rage” saga from the 1970s deserves the designation as Marvel’s first graphic novel – and we’re not going to argue with that.

#3: Prizewinning writer Ta-Nehisi Coates is scripting a 2016 Black Panther comic

Many talented and gifted writers work on comic books every month, but it’s doubtful that any of these authors have been the recipient of both the National Book Award and a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. That was before Ta-Nehisi Coates was announced as the writer of a series of Black Panther stories. Known for his best-selling reflection on life as an African American, “Between the World and Me,” Coates’ involvement adds even more luster to the legend that is the Black Panther.

#2: He Was the First African-American Superhero in Mainstream Comics

T’Challa was not the first African-American in mainstream comics, but he was the first to don a costume and behave in a traditional super hero manner. Marvel had laid the groundwork with their introduction of Gabe Jones as a member of the Sgt. Fury war comic. Dell Comics had even had a black male star in his own title, the western-themed Lobo. But it was the Panther that made a splash in superhero comics, paving the way for later characters such as Luke Cage and the John Stewart incarnation of Green Lantern.


Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

T'Challa graduated from Oxford with a PhD in Physics

He and the X-Men's Storm were married

He has been in several superhero teams



#1: He Got His Name Before the Black Panther Party Got Theirs

The timing is close, but anyone who thinks that the Black Panther character got his name from the Black Panther party is mistaken. The latter was officially founded on October 15, 1966. T’Challa made his debut in a July 1966 issue of Fantastic Four. Given the traditional post-dating of comics, that means the issue was likely on sale in April or May. Still, as the Party was quite controversial in its time, Marvel had at one point changed T’Challa’s name to the Black Leopard - A change that didn’t end up lasting for too long.


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