10 Things to Know About Marvels ‘Black Panther’ Before it’s Friday Opening

For those who are planning on seeing Black Panther but don’t know the storyline or do know the storyline and want a trip down memory lane with the comic books. #rp

1) The Black Panther character was introduced in July 1966. The Black Panther Party was founded in October 1966.

2) The title of #BlackPanther is a ceremonial one. It’s hereditary. All monarchs of Wakanda are known as the Black Panther. King T’Challa is the current Black Panther.

3) Black Panther is the first black super hero in “mainstream” comics.

4) T’Challa has a PhD in Physics from Oxford University. His nemesis in the film Erik Killmonger (M. B. Jordan) has his PhD in Engineering from MIT.

5) T’Challa was married to Storm (marriage was annulled after 6 years) In an alternate timeline they had a son named Azari.

6) Due to a meteorite crash in Wakanda, the country has a rare mineral resource called vibranium (Captain America’s shield is a mix of vibranium and steel)

7) Wakanda is the most technologically advanced country on earth and it has never been colonized by any European nation.

8) The Dora Milaje are the elite warrior women who protect Black Panther. They are also known as the Adored Ones/Midnight Angels.

9) Black Panther is faster than Wolverine and Captain America, he can run up to 50 MPH.

10) Black Panther is immune from all diseases, he is the richest man in the Marvel universe, his suit is bulletproof, and his superpowers include hearing, sight, smell, and strength.


Major shout to Kamasi Hill for putting this amazing Black Panther history together.

Kamasi C. Hill, PhD is a historian, theologian, cultural critic, filmmaker, and avid art collector. He has been a public school educator for 19 years and is also an adjunct lecturer. He specializes in 20th and 21st century American Religious History and Culture and his research also explores the relationship between religion and popular culture.

Dr. Hill has contributed to several publications and has published several articles and blogs. Born and raised Detroit, Michigan he attended Detroit Public Schools, Howard University, and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. He currently teaches History at Evanston Township High School and resides in Evanston, Illinois.