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How many Black Panthers are there in Marvel?

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

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With the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in theaters, a new film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), fans could, even if sadly, say goodbye with dignity of King T’Challa, played by the late actor Chadwick Boseman, who was the current Black Panther.

And, yes, you didn’t read that wrong: King T’Challa was the current Black Panther, but he wasn’t the only one, as the mantle of the hero is passed from generation to generation within the kingdom of Wakanda.

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Do you know how many Black Panthers there have been in Marvel history? To unravel this mystery, we did a very detailed research for you to stay inside!

Bashenga

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Bashenga, according to history, was the first Black Panther. It all started about 2.5 million years ago, when a Vibrabium meteorite fell to earth and affected the region where the shaman-warrior lived.

He then had a vision of the panther goddess Bast, who guided him to ingest the heart-shaped herb. From there, Bashenga developed his powers and united the previously separated tribes of Africa, becoming the first king of Wakanda and the first Black Panther.

Azzurri

Azzuri, known as the first modern king of Wakanda, was the father of T’Chaka (John Kani) and N’Jobu (Sterling K. Brown). For his children, the then Black Panther left two silver and Vibranium rings that, in the future, would also be passed on to his grandchildren. Rings that would later prove vital in identifying N’Jadaka (son of N’Jobu), who was unknown to Wakanda to some extent.

T’chaka

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In Captain America: Civil War, T’Chaka was still the king of Wakanda. However, he retires soon after and passes the Black Panther mantle on to his eldest son, T’Challa.

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T’Challa

Now, the best-known Black Panther, T’Challa, who was played by Chadwick Boseman in the superhero’s first solo film. He is the son of T’Chaka and Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett).

Despite being very dear to the people of Wakanda, the character had to deal with many problems along the way, including the leader of the Jabari tribe, M’Baku (Winston Duke) and, mainly, N’Jadaka, his long-lost cousin, better known as Killmonger.

King T’Challa and Killmonger duel for Wakanda’s power in Black Panther.Source: Marvel/Disney

N’Jadaka (Killmonger)

After defeating T’Challa in a duel, N’Jadaka, his cousin, briefly becomes the leader of Wakanda. Son of N’Jobu, the character had a different vision of the country and wanted the nation to stop being a secret and offer its wealth and technology to more people.

In the end, however, T’Challa regains his post.

Shuri

Finally, black panther 2 established a new hero. Or rather, a new heroine. Now, it is up to Shuri, T’Challa’s sister, the responsibilities of queen of Wakanda, as well as protector of the nation and its riches.

She acquires her powers through a synthetic reconstruction of the magic herb originating from Vibranium.

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