Black Panther Is Our Hero Of The Week

by Ryan Rigley

Earlier this week, a superhero rumor ran rampant all across the Internet. The rumor? That Marvel Studios is planning on releasing a “Black Panther” movie soon after “Captain America 2.”

A “Black Panther” movie seems like the logical choice for Marvel after their sequelitis has subsided. After all, Black Panther is an awesome superhero worthy of his own awesome superhero movie. Which is why we’ve deemed Black Panther our Hero of the Week.

Black Panther, or T’Challa as his friends call him, was the first ever black superhero to appear in mainstream American comic books. That’s right, folks. Before Falcon, Luke Cage, and Green Lantern’s John Stewart, there was T’Challa. In fact, the creation of the Black Panther even predates the founding of the official Black Panther Party by a whopping four months!

Hailing from the highly advanced, but fictional, African nation of Wakanda, T’Challa reigns supreme as the leader and chieftain of the Wakandan Panther Tribe. Although the title of Black Panther is hereditary, there are still many trials that one must pass in order to gain the privilege of being deemed worthy by the Wakandan Panther God.

T’Challa earned that right by defeating all of the various champions of the numerous Wakandan Tribes, which proved to be a walk in the park due to his expertise in martial arts and hand to hand combat. As Black Panther, T’Challa shares a direct mental link to the Wakandan Panther God, endowing him with enhanced senses and superhuman abilities. He is also a skilled strategist, politician, inventor, and scientist!

Although still just a rumor, it must be noted that Latino Review has been rather reliable in the past, getting the scoop on Heath Ledger playing the Joker in “The Dark Knight” and the appearance of Thanos in “The Avengers.” And Marvel Studios has actually dropped several hints at a “Black Panther” movie already, with Wakanda appearing on a map in “Iron Man 2″ and the use of vibranium, the substance used for Captain America’s shield, which originated in Wakanda. It seems only logical that they expand on those concepts.

The Black Panther is a unique and interesting character, capable of kicking ass on an Avengers level. Actually, he’s been an on-again, off-again member of the Avengers for quite a few years now! As for kicking ass, he once invited the Fantastic Four to Wakanda just so that he could attack and neutralize them single-handedly in front of his tribe, proving himself worthy of defending his people. If that isn’t a character worthy of his own movie, then we don’t know what is.

Welcome to Hero of the Week, our weekly salute to the heroes keeping the comic book, movie and television scene something to look forward to day in and day out. From actual superheroes to the actors and filmmakers who bring them to life, you can tell us who your heroes are in the comments and on Twitter!