What You Need To Know Before Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

While we don’t specifically know if or who will specifically be taking up the Black Panther mantle in the sequel arriving in theaters this week, at the time of writing this, this will not be the first time someone other than T’Challa has taken up the mantle.

We looked through the history of Marvel Comics and have found a myriad of people who have held the title of Black Panther, and what happened to them during their reign as the character.

Azzuri The Wise
Captain America/Black Panther: Flags Of Our Fathers (2010)
The father of T’Chaka, and grandfather of T’Challa, Azzuri The Wise was the ruler of Wakanda during World War II and even met with and fought alongside Captain America.
Rise Of The Black Panther #1 (2018)
After the assassination of T’Chaka, his brother and royal advisor S’Yan ruled over Wakanda until T’Challa came of age and took over the mantle.
Fantastic Four #52 (1966)
First introduced in by testing the strength of the Fantastic Four before asking them for help. T’Challa has had a tragic backstory, along with the hard choices of managing the nation of Wakanda. However T’Challa is the most well known wearer of the mantle of the Black Panther.
Black Panther #1 (2009)
After being placed into a coma by Doctor Doom, the duties of Black Panther must be filled, and the person who takes over the responsibilities is T’Challa’s sister Shuri. Her intellect and skills in science made her one of the smartest minds in the Marvel Universe.
Kevin Cole
Black Panther #50 (1998)
Not officially a Black Panther, Kevin Cole borrowed a suit, and used it to raise up the ranks in the police force. After he ceased to be Black Panther he took up his own mantle of White Tiger.

It’s important that while we love and appreciate Chadwick Boseman and the amazing work he did as the character, that Marvel has decided to honor his performance in the role by not recasting, but continuing the story of the title.

Erik Killmonger
Black Panther #38 (2005)
After challenging and defeating T’Challa, Killmonger held the title of Black Panther for a limited time before with the aid of Monica Rambeau, T’Challa was able to defeat Killmonger and reclaim his title and mantle of the Black Panther.

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