OH MAN! Sit down and buckle up, you’re in for an awesome ride.
T’Challa of Wakanda is one of Marvel’s most undervalued characters! Born in Wakanda and educated abroad, T’Challa became the king of this African nation after the death of his father— and also through some mystical inheritance and trials and tribulations he became the champion of the cat-goddess Bast, giving him superhuman abilities along the lines of Captain America. As Bast’s champion he is the Black Panther, guardian of Wakanda. As T’Challa, King of Wakanda, he’s a pretty smart politician and a brilliant strategist and determined to establish his country as a global leader in technology.
Yeah, that’s right. Technology. You know Captain America’s shield and how it can withstand anything from bullets to Thor’s hammer without a dent? Wakanda has piles of it. Imagine Stark Industries’ R&D department, and then amplify that across an entire country. That’s Wakanda. It’s the most technologically advanced country on Earth, and T’Challa is right there at the head of it.
He can hack through Tony Stark’s security without breaking a sweat. He actually infiltrated the Avengers as Black Panther to test their capabilities and see if they’d be a threat to Wakanda, and ended up having them as legit allies. But that doesn’t mean he won’t kick their ass if he deems it necessary. No, this lawful neutral is going to do what’s best for his nation even if it means allying with villains on occasion…
And did I mention he’s smooth as fuck? Yeah, he marries Ororo Munroe AKA Storm of the X-Men, and they are the most BAMF couple you’ll ever see.
Essentially, he’s better than your faves. He’s as smart as Tony Stark, a political powerhouse, protector of the weak and with enough moral fortitude to match Captain America, and he’s tough enough and a good enough strategist to take down any Avenger or X-Men member or shape-shifting super Skrull. And he’s got enough sass to power the state of New York.