Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives in theaters soon, and it will change Wakanda forever. As most fans know, T’Challa has died in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this movie will explore the fallout from his passing. The sequel will also introduce a new Black Panther, taking the mantle from the former king and moving forward in the MCU as its next hero. If it is Shuri, as many believe, it will continue the MCU trend of setting up the next generation of heroes and eventually lead to war with Kang the Conqueror in Phase Six. For fans looking to catch up on Black Panther and Wakanda’s story in the MCU, here is the perfect place to start, all of which can be found on Disney+.
Captain America: Civil War Introduced Black Panther
Black Panther made his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War. This movie introduced the King of Wakanda, T’Chaka, and his son, T’Challa. The two were in Vienna, representing Wakanda, when a terrorist attacked and detonated a bomb that killed T’Chaka. This happened while the U.S. Government set up the Sokovia Accords, which started a superhero civil war. Because Baron Zemo framed Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, for the bombing, Black Panther joined Iron Man’s side to fight Captain America and his rebels, who also fought to protect Bucky. This movie was hugely important in introducing Black Panther to the world while also showing his respect and compassion, which he showed at the end with Bucky’s fate.
Black Panther Brought the World Wakanda
In Black Panther, MCU fans got their first look at Wakanda. This was not only one of the most successful Marvel solo movies of all time but one of the best. Black Panther was shown here as a king and ruler of one of the most advanced nations in the world. However, he also faced a civil war of his own when Killmonger arrived. Killmonger was the son of Wakandan Prince N’Jobu, who T’Chaka killed when he learned he had betrayed Wakanda. Killmonger became a trained U.S. military black ops soldier and then returned to take Wakanda away from T’Challa and start a war with the world. This movie showed Black Panther at his full power, as well as showing why he was such a great leader.
Black Panther Joined the Fight in Avengers: Infinity War
Black Panther’s next appearance in the MCU came in Avengers: Infinity War. This movie saw Thanos attack Earth with his Black Order as they searched for the Mind Stone, which Vision had. T’Challa helped lead the forces on Earth while Iron Man set off for Titan to battle Thanos on his home turf. This movie showed Black Panther and his kingdom fighting for the world, as the war with Thanos came to Wakanda. However, it all ended in tragedy, with Thanos‘ snap wiping T’Challa out of existence.
Avengers: Endgame Saw Black Panther Help Save the World
Black Panther’s final appearance in the MCU came in Avengers: Endgame. This movie saw Captain America and Iron Man lead Earth’s mightiest heroes in a time travel adventure where they set out to reverse Thanos‘ snap by taking all the Infinity Stones from various points in time. Once they got what they needed, Hulk snapped one more time and, in an unforgettable moment on the battlefield, all the heroes wiped out by Thanos returned. One of the best moments came when a portal opened, and Black Panther stepped through with his sister Shuri and General Okoye to join the fight.
Falcon and the Winter Soldier Brought Back the Dora Milaje
While this isn’t a movie, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was the last place that the warriors of Wakanda appeared. Black Panther never appeared in the series, but his Dora Milaje showed up. This came as a result of Baron Zemo’s role in T’Challa’s father’s death. While Zemo was helping Sam and Bucky in their battle with the Flag Smashers, the Dora Milaje wanted him brought back to justice. Their appearance here helped cement Bucky as part of their community while also showing their skills, as they easily took down U.S. Agent when they arrived.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuts in theaters on Nov. 11.