The King of Wakanda becomes the protector of Hell’s Kitchen and fights in the X-Men/Avengers war!

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!

Having accepted Matt Murdock’s request to become the new protector of Hell’s Kitchen, T’Challa, while searching for Vlad in BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #514, ran across Luke Cage, while elsewhere his prey set a trap for him. This led to a rooftop fight between T’Challa and the crime boss in BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #515.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear (2010) #514

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear (2010) #514

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The Panther received some unwanted help in the form of Spider-Man in BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #516, while a gang war broke out on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen. Luke Cage picked a fight with T’Challa in BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #517, and Vlad sought revenge for the death of his wife, believing the Panther to be responsible, missing the true culprit: a serial killer targeting child abusers. The final battle between Black Panther and the crime lord occurred in BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #518.

Spider-Man’s longtime foe, Kraven the Hunter, began a hunt for the Panther in BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #519, but T’Challa saw Storm clouds roll in to Manhattan when his queen arrived from Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #520.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear (2010) #519

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear (2010) #519

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A revived Hate Monger targeted a New York cop turned bigoted vigilante in BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #521 to twist him further. The American Panther clashed with The Black Panther in BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #522, but even after T’Challa broke the villain’s control over his opponent in BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #523, his patriotic counterpart still spewed intolerance and anger.

In BLACK PANTHER: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #523.1, the Panther looked into the murders of people he’d helped in the past, and in BLACK PANTHER: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #524, he rescued an eight-year-old girl from a crook who’d kidnapped her from The Kingpin – all part of a plot to attack Wakanda.

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive  (2010) #524

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive (2010) #524

  • Published: October 12, 2011
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 01, 2012
  • Rating: T+
  • Cover Artist: Francesco Francavilla
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In AVENGERS #19, T’Challa heard an invitation from Captain America to rejoin the Avengers. The Panther turned him down, but suggested his queen, the X-Men’s Storm, in his stead.

In BLACK PANTHER: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #525, the Panther tried to protect a Wakandan bank worker from a Hand assassination attempt, and later discovered that The Kingpin stood behind the attack. Kingpin sent Typhoid Mary and Lady Bullseye to knock off T’Challa in BLACK PANTHER: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #526, so the Panther brought Luke Cage and The Falcon in to help in BLACK PANTHER: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #527.

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive  (2010) #527

Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive (2010) #527

  • Published: December 28, 2011
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 04, 2012
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: David Liss
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Angered over the Black Panther’s interference, Kingpin sent the Hand on a direct assault on Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #528, while back in America, T’Challa brought about his endgame against the crime boss in BLACK PANTHER: THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN ALIVE #529, and later told Daredevil that he’d be returning to his homeland.

Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman traveled to the African nation at the invitation of the Black Panther in FANTASTIC FOUR #607. There, T’Challa enlisted Reed to help him on a quest to restore his powers through the Panther God in FANTASTIC FOUR #608.

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Fantastic Four (1998) #607

  • Published: June 13, 2012
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 08, 2013
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Mike Choi
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Alongside the Avengers, the Panther learned of the imminent approach of the destructive Phoenix Force in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #1. Heading to the X-Men’s compound on the island of Utopia in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #2, T’Challa entered into combat with the mutants when they refused to release Hope Summers, the young girl targeted by the Phoenix, into Avengers custody. Hope disappeared on her own in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #3, prompting the Panther to return to Wakanda in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #4 to try and figure out where she might be hiding.

Storm approached her husband in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN: VERSUS #5, but the meeting devolved into a battle between the two. When the Phoenix inhabited five of the mutants and they in turn started to remake the world in their image in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #6, the Panther headed to Utopia again to stop them, but failed. When Red Hulk left the Avengers to assassinate Cyclops in AVENGERS #28, Emma Frost blasted him back to Wakanda.

Avengers Vs. X-Men: Versus (2011) #5

Avengers Vs. X-Men: Versus (2011) #5

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The Panther and Iron Man worked together to discover a way to halt the Phoenix Five’s progress in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #7, but Namor brought a massive tidal wave to destroy Wakanda out of rage for previous slights. T’Challa and the Avengers decided a telepath might help them in AVENGERS #29, but their attentions swung to fighting the Sub-Mariner in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #8. In AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #9, the Panther informed Storm that their marriage was over while he prepared to head off on an Avengers mission to rescue their comrades trapped in a volcano by the Phoenix Five.

Ultimately, after failing to stall Cyclops in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #11, the Black Panther and the Avengers helped drive the Phoenix Force away in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #12, but not before T’Challa, Iron Man, and Beast fought their opposite scientific numbers among the X-Men in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN: VERSUS #6.

Avengers Vs. X-Men: Versus (2011) #6

Avengers Vs. X-Men: Versus (2011) #6

  • Published: October 03, 2012
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 01, 2013
  • Writer: Kieron Gillen
  • Cover Artist: Jim Cheung
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The Avengers/X-Men war — and, sadly, his marriage — now behind him, T’challa attended a party to welcome Janet Van Dyne back from her exile in the Microverse in AVENGERS #34.

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T'Challa is possessed by the Shadow King and Shuri becomes the new Black Panther!

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!

Storm returned to Wakanda to help a young mutant named Nezhno in X-MEN: WORLDS APART #1, but found herself attacked by her husband The Black Panther. After T’Challa then publicly disowned her, she discovered his possession at the hands of her foe The Shadow King. She fled into the jungle with Nezhno in X-MEN: WORLDS APART #2 with the Panther hot on her trail.

Turning to fight her subjugated husband in X-MEN: WORLDS APART #3, Storm contacted the Panther God after defeating T’Challa and made a pact with the deity. In X-MEN: WORLDS APART #4 she beat The Shadow King, freed T’Challa, and saw herself accepted as Wakanda’s queen throughout the nation.

The Panther attended the funeral of Sue Storm’s future self in FANTASTIC FOUR #562, and then joined with the Avengers to check in on a newly de-Hulked Bruce Banner in INCREDIBLE HULK #601.

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Black Panther (2008) #1

  • Published: February 04, 2009
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 29, 2009
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: Reginald Hudlin
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In BLACK PANTHER #1, T’Challa’s jet crashed in Wakanda, sending him into a deep coma. Wakandans turned to his sister Shuri to perhaps become the new Black Panther in his stead in BLACK PANTHER #2, and T’Challa’s mother conferred with Storm on a plan to save her son. In BLACK PANTHER #3, Storm prepared for a special mystical rite to enter the netherworld, while Shuri sought the Panther God for the transference of power. Elsewhere, the villainous Morlun rose from the dead to rampage anew.

Near death, T’Challa saw and spoke with his departed father in BLACK PANTHER #4, but the Panther God rejected Shuri for the role of Wakanda’s official savior. With Morlun swiftly approaching the capital city in BLACK PANTHER #5, Shuri defied the deity and donned the mantel of the Panther as Storm readied herself to take her husband’s place in the afterlife and allow him to return to the land of the living.

Black Panther (2008) #5

Black Panther (2008) #5

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Ultimately, a Wakandan mystic managed to trade Morlun’s soul for T’Challa’s and Storm’s souls after Shuri battled and failed to stop the menace in BLACK PANTHER #6. Because of T’Challa’s necessary convalescence after his ordeal, Shuri became the true Black Panther in BLACK PANTHER #7 and fought mercenaries while on a trip to the United States.

The new Panther tracked down a Wakandan agent in BLACK PANTHER #8, and back in her home country, T’Challa underwent a strength-renewing ritual which revealed to him their true foe: Doctor Doom.

Black Panther (2008) #10

Black Panther (2008) #10

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As the new Black Panther, T’Challa’s sister Shuri, drew ever closer to war with Atlantis in BLACK PANTHER #10; meanwhile, her brother sought to regain his strength and power after a brush with the afterlife. In BLACK PANTHER #11, Shuri, wearing vibranium-laced armor, clashed with Namor the Sub-Mariner while Doctor Doom tested the resolve of both T’Challa and his queen, Storm of the X-Men.

In an effort to draw out the identity of their attacker, T’Challa and Storm allowed the Wakandan government to fall to the Desturi in BLACK PANTHER #12. Elsewhere, Shuri and allies approached a mysterious island where they found a pack of super villains lying in wait for them, all part of Doom’s gambit.

Black Panther (2008) #12

Black Panther (2008) #12

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T’Challa and Shuri ultimately abandoned their native country to Doom’s minions the Desturi in DOOMWAR #1 and sought the X-Men for aid in their plight. Doctor Doom moved in to attempt to broach the vault holding Wakanda’s vibranium stores, but encountered a set-back when Shuri returned to the throne room and killed the leader of the Desturi.

With the X-Men’s help, T’Challa and Shuri continued their Wakanda assault on Doom in DOOMWAR #2. The villain himself found it impossible to crack the code on the vibranium vault, and threatened the captured Storm’s life if T’Challa would not deliver access to it. With the king choosing his queen over his country’s precious resource, Doom made off with the vibranium in DOOMWAR #3. Later, the heroes fended off an attack by robotic panthers augmented by the wondrous metal.

Doomwar (2010) #3

Doomwar (2010) #3

  • Published: April 21, 2010
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: December 31, 2010
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Shuri, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four began a global campaign to track down and destroy all of Doctor Doom’s new vibranium Doombots in DOOMWAR #4, while T’Challa hired the mercenary Deadpool to track down the master manipulator himself in Latveria. Shuri and her companions hacked into Doom’s funds to distribute them to charities in DOOMWAR #5, and T’Challa helped Deadpool pinpoint the Doctor’s exact location.

The Wakandan heroes and their allies confronted Doom in his castle in Latveria in DOOMWAR #6, but discovered he’d connected himself through science and magic with all vibranium on Earth. T’Challa battled the villain one-on-one, and in a heroic yet tragic move, he chose to destroy all the Wakandan metal on the planet to deny Doom his victory.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear (2010) #513

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear (2010) #513

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In the wake of the Shadowland event, Daredevil asked The Black Panther to watch over the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York while he got his head together in BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR #513. T’Challa took on a new identity, complete with a day job at a diner, and threw himself into investigating a Romanian criminal gang and its leader, Vlad the Impaler.

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T'Challa teams with Storm against Kraven and tries to keep Hell's Kitchen safe during Fear Itself!

Read through some of T’Challa’s most thrilling adventures on Marvel Unlimited to mark Black Panther’s 50th anniversary!

Writer David Liss brought BLACK PANTHER: THE MAN WITHOUT FEAR to a close alongside artists Jefte Paolo and Francesco Francavilla with a pair of powerful stories as T’Challa still tried to keep Hell’s Kitchen safe in Daredevil’s absence.

In the Paolo-drawn #519520, the Panther defended himself against the onslaught of Kraven the Hunter while trying to save the experimented-upon Brian, who worked at his diner. The wildly evil Dr. Sheri Holman called in a favor with Kraven to get her former subject back.

Hunter and prey battled one another all over the city until Kraven knocked the Panther away. Luckily for him, Storm broke her word to stay away and grabbed her husband before he plummeted. The couple teamed up to take on the villain who only ceased his hunt when he realized how awful Dr. Holman’s experiments turned out to be.

The last three issues, drawn by Francavilla, found Panther dealing with the events of Fear Itself, which saw the negative emotion taking over as the Norse god known as The Serpent returned. Along with many evil hammers crashing to Earth from space, so did the essence of the long-time Captain America adversary Hate-Monger.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear (2010) #521

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear (2010) #521

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The entity entered the body of an increasingly bitter and racist corporate drone named Josh Glenn who took quick advantage of the overall sense of dread and worry. Instead of entering the larger battle, T’Challa continued his guise as Mr. Okonkwo the diner owner to help anyone left in Hell’s Kitchen while also attempting to quell the violence in the streets. Before long, Hate-Monger actually entered the diner to make his presence known more fully. Far more surprising, though, the appearance of a new player on the scene: American Panther!

A long-time racist, the American Panther blamed an alleged illegal immigrant for breaking up his parents’ marriage and let that anger generalize to all non-white people leading him to become a violent cop and eventually Hate-Monger’s costumed compatriot and literal boot-licker.

As you can imagine, this didn’t sit well with T’Challa who enlisted Sofija to help him take on both evil-doers. Thanks to a carefully plotted plan they gained the high ground with a combination of technology and superior fighting skill. The police walked away with both criminals, leaving the one true Panther to wonder about his place in Hell’s Kitchen.

Secrets of Wakanda

A major subplot of MAN WITHOUT FEAR revolved around Foggy Nelson helping T’Challa out on the sly by setting him up with the forged Mr. Okonwko identity. In the beginning of the story, the former king of Wakanda promised Daredevil’s best friend that this act of kindness would not have a negative effect on him. That proved a false statement, with Homeland Security grabbing Nelson and T’Challa during Fear Itself. With everything going on, the latter freed them both and later snuck into a federal building to deleted every trace of the case against Nelson.

Next, Reginald Hudlin and Denys Cowan chronicle Steve Rogers’ very first trip to Wakanda in CAPTAIN AMERICA/BLACK PANTHER: FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS.

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T'Challa takes over for Daredevil as the guardian of Hell's Kitchen!

Read through some of T’Challa’s most thrilling adventures on Marvel Unlimited to mark Black Panther’s 50th anniversary!

Around the same time that T’Challa revenged himself against Doctor Doom for nearly killing him in the limited series Doomwar, Daredevil attempted to seize control of The Hand in Shadowland and wound up overtaken by a demon. At the end of both harrowing events, The Black Panther found himself needing to prove his bonafides as a hero without any special enhancements and Matt Murdock needed to get out of New York and figure out his post-possession life. Not wanting to leave Hell’s Kitchen unprotected, Daredevil asked the former king of Wakanda to fill in for him, kicking off BLACK PANTHER: MAN WITHOUT FEAR with issue #513.

The first arc by David Liss, Francesco Francavilla, and Jefte Palo which ran until #518 saw Foggy Nelson setting T’Challa up with a new fake ID, that of Mr. Okonkwo, a diner owner. The Panther’s plan saw him root himself with the people of Hell’s Kitchen so he could properly understand the elements that they might need protecting from.

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear (2010) #513

Black Panther: The Man Without Fear (2010) #513

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One of the most dangerous of these elements turned out to be a mobster known as Vlad “The Impaler” Dinu. Thanks to a Romanian version of the Super Soldier Program, Vlad boasted super strength and stamina along with energy manipulation abilities.

Though he sported a new costume and never actually revealed his Black Panther identity to Vlad and his minions, T’Challa still caused enough trouble for the villain that Dinu decided to target the thorn in his side, while also dealing with his troubled sons and the murder of his wife.

While all of this big time super hero stuff attracted Black Panther’s interest, he also attempted to figure out who murdered seemingly unrelated people from all walks of life. As the nail-biter of a story rushes towards a conclusion, we see how they’re related and the answers hit like a heavyweight boxer.

Secrets of Wakanda 

Though he didn’t take over until issue #513, Black Panther actually first appears in the previous issue when Daredevil’s name still featured on the cover. After Shadowland fell apart, Iron Fist and Luke Cage bump into a darkly clad hero running around the rooftops. Thinking it’s Murdock, they stopped him, but soon realized their mistake. After Cage reminded Panther that this wasn’t his neighborhood, T’Challa responded with, “It is now. Spread the word.”

Find out whose side of Civil War T’Challa and Storm fell on as Reginald Hudlin, Scot Eaton, Manuel Garcia, Koi Turnbull, and Marcus To enter the event with BLACK PANTHER #19-25.

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