Debuting in Fantastic Four # 52, Black Panther featured concepts that helped pave the way for black superheroes to become increasingly common in the comic book medium. From Luke Cage, John Stewart, Ororo Monroe and many more, the African / African American coalition in the comic book community has grown into a strong one.
So when one of the most prominent, if not the most prominent, black superheroes made his way to the big screen, comic book fans and the general public would travel in droves to see him. Being one of the most skilled martial artists in all of the comics, the movie’s fight scenes were markedly different from other fights throughout the MCU – let’s take a look at 10 of them.
10 Jungle Fight Opening
Following the opening sequence that explained Wakanda’s past and established N’Jadaka’s origin, the present begins one week after the death of T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka. While returning to Wakanda to assume the throne, she goes on a quest to extract her love interest, Nakia, from an undercover mission in Nigeria’s Sambisa Forest, but must subdue a band of mercenaries who are holding her captive.
When executing a great opening fight scene, the bullets bounce off his Panther habit and T’Challa does quick work on his opponents, defeating the bad guys and making sure they find out about his wrongdoing.
9 T’Challa vs. Umbaku
Upon arriving in Wakanda, T’Challa must now go through the proper process of ascending to the throne, and part of this tradition is that the abilities bestowed by the Panther God, Bast, are stripped of him and fighting in a one-on-one fight. Battle against the warrior champions of other tribes.
Challenged by the brutal M’Baku, leader of the mountain-dwelling Jabari tribe, T’Challa now lacks his enhanced speed, strength, and agility against a warrior notably larger than himself. The battle would have T’Challa on the ropes, and M’Baku nearly defeats him until T’Challa finds the spirit to defeat his opponent and force him to submit, otherwise he will kill him.
8 T’Challa vs. Killmonger (Mine Shaft Scene)
Let’s cut to the chase, the final fight between T’Challa and Killmonger at the Vibranium mine shafts was, unfortunately, less than stellar. If not for the ad-hoc effects of this closing fight sequence, which appeared as a cut scene from a video game, this might have landed higher on the list.
Yet by engaging in a potent dose of suspension of disbelief, the scene still manages to pull through with the two cousins fighting for the future of Wakanda and, by extension, the world. Defeat Killmonger, T’Challa honors his adversaries with the powerful agonizing desire to die a free man instead of allowing him to live in servitude as his ancestors did.
7 T’Challa vs. Klaue (Casino Scene)
When N’Jadaka and Ulysses Klaue rob the Museum of Great Britain to steal a Vibranium artifact, they intend to sell it on the black market of an underground casino in Busan. Having a tainted history with Klaue, T’Challa learns of this offense and is convinced to bring him to justice.
Planning to intercept the deal between Klaue and the mysterious client, it is revealed that the buyer turns out to be a CIA agent, Everet Ross. Sabotaging the sale, T’Challa along with Okoye and Nakia instigate a scene that provokes a shooting, prompting Klaue to narrowly flee the scene.
6 T’Challa vs. Team Cap (Civil War)
Taking a second to jump out of the movie proper, Captain America: Civil War would pit the Avengers against each other, creating a schism that shattered the team as a whole and among the Iron Man squad was Black Panther. Chasing Bucky Barnes to the Leipzig-Halle Airport, T’Challa along with Ironman, War-Machine, Vision, Wanda and Black Widow fight against various Avengers who sided with Cap in one of the MCU’s most memorable conflicts. .
Proving how far he was above the rest, T’Challa’s martial arts expertise did quick work with his opponents in spectacular fashion.
5 Battle for Wakanda
Returning from failure, T’Challa’s defeat at the hands of Killmonger would be short-lived when he would reappear in Wakanda to face Killmonger on Mount Bashenga. Now with a Pather habit of his own, Killmonger along with his Wakandan forces fight T’Challa, Shuri, Nakia, Ross, Dora Milaje, and the Jabari tribe.
Preventing weapons from flying out of Wakanda, T’Challa suspends Erik’s plans for retaliation and takes his place on the throne to lead a bridge-building country instead of being a gryphon of destruction. Nonetheless, T’Challa would adopt Killmonger’s theory of opening his country’s borders to lead the world to a better tomorrow, albeit without violence.
4 T’Challa vs. Killmonger (Waterfall Scene)
Following Klaue’s capture, it is revealed that his alliance with Killmonger is temporary. A mere chess piece to Killmonger’s larger plan to usurp the Wakanda throne, Killmonger rescues Klaue from CIA detention only to assassinate him and deliver the body as a “right of way” to Wakanda. Being part of the royal line, Killmonger believes that the throne is his and challenge T’Challa to a ritual duel.
Being one of his biggest adversaries in the comics, the scene showcases the defeat of T’Challa and in a similar homage to Jungle Action # 6, Killmonger throws his body off the edge of the waterfall.
3 Killmonger vs. Dora Milaje
The Dora Milaje is regarded as one of the most elite fighting forces in the Marvel Universe and as the personal protection detail of the King of Wakanda, she is expected to eliminate any immediate threat to the king. A duty they take with the utmost seriousness is to serve and protect whoever claims the throne who, after the defeat of T’Challa, would be precisely Killmonger.
However, having reservations at the beginning, they would eventually be switched in favor of fighting for T’Challa’s recovery. Arguably, doing the right thing, Dora Milaje becomes involved in a conflict with Killmonger, who with her now enhanced capabilities dominates the group with relative ease.
two Klaw’s car chase
Following the casino engagement, Klaue flees with a pair of thugs where he is later chased by T’Challa, Okoye and Nakia in a wicked car chase, and with the use of technology from T’Challa’s sister Wakanda, Shuri, joins the group. chase controlling a vehicle through AR from Wakanda. The high-speed chase with superheroes was a great combination that highlighted how far apart Wakanda and its people were compared to the outside world.
Stopping SUVs with spears and absorbing bullets on impact, the scene ends with T’Challa nearly executing Klaue in public before he emotionally staggers and takes him captive.
1 T’Challa vs. Bucky (Civil War)
Since Black Panther becomes the biggest MCU after the fall of Civil War, this fight once again takes place outside of the movie proper, and because it is Black Panther’s first appearance / battle, it has a meaning. special. Believing that Bucky Barnes is responsible for his father’s death, T’Challa takes the law into his own hands and engages Bucky in an incredible one-on-one battle that exemplifies how efficient T’Challa’s martial arts skills were. against ex. assassin.
Giving you a run for your money in combat prowess, T’Challa nearly subdues Bucky before being distracted by the gunfire, allowing Bucky a window of opportunity to gain the upper hand and temporarily escape.
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