One of the reasons why Captain America: Civil War was such a fantastic film was because it brought Black Panther into the mix. This was a character that I had no idea about and when I discovered him in this movie I was totally blown away. He completely stole the show away from Captain America and Iron Man as the new coolest superhero of the bunch and since then he’s only gotten cooler! And now with Infinity War coming out soon Black Panther’s involvement in this franchise is only going to grow larger and so in anticipation for this incredible movie coming out in less than a week! it’s time to look at his evolution so far. Enjoy!
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
When T’Challa first came into Civil War he was just a young Wakandan prince with a father who had years, maybe even decades, of life and leadership still in him. He was learning the ways of diplomacy and seeing the workings of the world outside of the peaceful borders surrounding Wakanda…and then his father was murdered. That’s when the world turned upside down for T’Challa.
He utterly loved his father. To lose someone in the way that he did was just a devastating turn for him and he began plotting his revenge. For the rest of the movie his only mission was to avenge his father’s death by killing Bucky, the man who had been framed for the terrible act but this is where the character of T’Challa shines the brightest in this movie. When he discovered that it was actually Zemo who killed his father he had a choice. He could’ve avenged his father by killing Zemo but then he realized he wouldn’t have been any better than Zemo in that situation.
Zemo was bent on revenge, so focused in his quest for vengeance that he hadn’t even cared about the type of murderous monster he had become. T’Challa, however, did care. He didn’t want to fall down the same rage filled path Zemo had taken because he was better than that. T’Challa has a heart as strong and perfect as vibranium and he wasn’t going to let hate taint that.
He had such a change of heart that he volunteered for Bucky to take refuge in Wakanda where his scientists and doctors could help the former Hydra assassin. He didn’t have to do that but that’s how good of a person he is. It’s a perfect development for his character that leads into his next movie, Black Panther in such an impeccable way as the strength of his character and his beliefs is tested in ways he never could’ve imagined.
Black Panther (2018)
In Black Panther T’Challa is faced with many trials and tribulations as he has to learn what it means to be a king of a country, especially a country that is hidden from the rest of the world. T’Challa had to come to grips with the past transgressions of his father and what those secrets led to in the form of Erik Killmonger, his long-lost cousin who had been waiting for years to claim the throne and to kill a king. That obstacle that he faced made him a much stronger and understanding person as he realized that the ways of his ancestors were exactly that; ancient. He knows that for Wakanda to truly become a nation that he can be proud of he must change the laws that had bound the country for so long to help those in need and to help better the world so there would never be another Erik Killmonger to arise filled with the same thirst for vengeance T’Challa had almost been corrupted with.
T’Challa, at the beginning of the movie, was a naive king who thought that trouble would never come crawling to his borders, but by the end of the film he was a wise leader who understood that love and friendship was stronger than any weapon the country could possess. That is why he opened Wakanda to the world and I’m so excited to see what new story lines will sprout from that incredible development in this ten year and counting counting story.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
When King T’Challa returns in Avengers: Infinity War Wakanda will be under attack from Thanos and his army but thankfully he’ll have some rather awesome backup with the help of his Avenger friends and I. As. SOOO! EXCITED!
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a magnificent day.