The SuperManual: Black Panther

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Who he is: Black Panther, a.k.a. T’Challa

His power: Black Panther possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and agility. He’s also resilient, demonstrating a capability for taking hits and injuries that would cripple most people, though some of that is attributable to his vibranium mesh suit, essentially indestructible, like Captain America’s shield. The suit also possesses retractable claws made of vibranium.

His story: Black Panther’s first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in Captain America: Civil War, where he’s introduced by his real name, T’Challa, prince of Wakanda, at the United Nations signing of the Sokovia Accords—right before a bomb explodes, killing his father. Believing the The Winter Soldier responsible, he dons his birthright, the Black Panther habit (a mantle passed down through generations to someone who stands as protector of the country), and tracks him, fighting Bucky Barnes, The Falcon ...