What Are Black Panther's Powers in the MCU?

Monday, 09 May 2016 - 7:36PM
Marvel
Captain America: Civil War
Black Panther
Monday, 09 May 2016 - 7:36PM
What Are Black Panther's Powers in the MCU?
While the introductions of Black Panther and Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War were both thrilling, the downside of Marvel's new no origin story introductions policy is that we don't necessarily have a clear view of what these new heroes can do. OK, everyone knows what Spidey can do, but Black Panther? His origins are a little murkier. 

But now, in a new interview with Collider, director Joe Russo has shared a little more about what powers and abilities belong to the MCU's version of T'Challa, and it sounds like comics fans will be pleased.

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Joe Russo: "It's a combination of everything. Certainly the costume gives him a level of protection and invulnerability because of the material that it's made of ... It can absorb the energy, so it's much harder to damage him as a character, and you can see that in the movie he can take a lot of punishment including bullets to the face. He is very well trained. He's from one of the wealthiest countries on the planet, so there's great infrastructure there; very technologically advanced country. So he's been trained at the highest levels to fight, but he also has his own superpowers, which derive from the mythology of his nation. Those will be explored more in Black Panther, it's clearly evident when he's able to fight the Winter Soldier out of costume, and go toe-to-toe with him, that he is an enhanced individual."
Closing quote


So the suit is vibranium and bulletproof, which are things that can be seen in Civil War, but the best news to come out of this is that his powers come from Wakandan mythology. Comics fans know that the Black Panther derives his abilities from eating a heart-shaped herb that links him to the Panther God, and knowing that we'll be exploring Wakandan mythology in Black Panther makes it sound like the movie is going a similar route.

Let's hear it for faithful comic book adaptations!

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