Captain America may have been “the first Avenger,” and Iron Man may have been the character that began the MCU, but it turns out that neither of those was the first superhero to exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A new Black Panther prelude comic shows us that T’Challa had been the acting Black Panther long before the events of Captain America: Civil War. His father, T’Chaka, may have been Wakanda’s king, but T’Challa had already taken on the mantle of his country’s iconic hero. Granted, the comic shows us that he’d only been the Black Panther for a week by the time of the famous “I am Iron Man” speech, but still – that technically puts him ahead of Tony Stark!
Of course, this doesn’t include Captain Marvel (whose self-titled film will take place in the 1990s, as was revealed at SDCC 2017). When Captain Marvel comes out in 2019, she’ll get to claim the title of “World’s First Superhero”. Until then, that title belongs to T’Challa. Or, if you want to get technical, the title will always belong to Black Panther, which is a role that has been passed down for generations. Personally, I’m quite happy with the idea that the world’s first superhero was a woman.
Curious to know what T’Challa’s life was like leading up to his big screen debut? Then this is the book for you. The official synopsis of Black Panther Prelude is as follows:
Wakanda. The most technologically advanced nation in the world—and protected by the mighty BLACK PANTHER! Learn how T’CHALLA became the legendary hero of Wakanda in this ALL-NEW, NEVER-BEFORE-TOLD tale set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! See how the mantle was passed to the future king, in a time when super heroes were just emerging in the larger world before this fall’s BLACK PANTHER film hits theaters!
While we won’t be able to see Black Panther on the big screen until February, Black Panther Prelude is in stores now.
And if that doesn’t sate you, you can check out the latest trailer for the film:
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