A Black Panther Christmas Day TV spot brings T’Challa’s role as King into the spotlight. Many superhero stories deal with the hero trying to balance their heroics with the life of their secret identity. Whether they let the world know the truth like Iron Man, find a career in their heroics like Black Widow, or simply are trying to fit in at school like Spider-Man, much of their stories are about their lives outside of being a hero. And possibly no hero is as busy when they are not saving the day as T’Challa – aka The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).
Rather than tell a traditional origin story for Black Panther, T’Challa has already taken on the mantle and been seen by audiences as a hero. Instead, the origin story of the movie will focus on him as the King of Wakana – a role he had not anticipated taking on so early. That will be complicated by the arrival of exile Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), who wants to challenge T’Challa for the throne – even if he has to destroy Wakana in order to get it.
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In a new TV spot released by Marvel, T’Challa accepts his role as the King as well as Black Panther, a hero who has protected the world for a very long time. When Killmonger shows up, he challenges T’Challa in both his positions as King and hero – wanting the Wakandan throne for himself. Naturally, T’Challa refuses to let that happen without a fight.
Before the character was introduced in Captain America: Civil War T’Challa was already a Prince and a scientist, as well as a hero to the people of his home Wakanda. Most of his introduction in Civil War dealt with his looking for revenge for the death of his father, which he blamed on Bucky Barnes. While he teamed up with half the Avengers looking for revenge, Black Panther is typically a solo hero, focused on Wakanda – which is isolated from the rest of the world (though after the events of this movie, the futuristic country may no longer be so isolated).
The TV spot also brings more attention to the fight for the throne between T’Challa and Killmonger – something that has also been the focus of more recent Black Panther trailers – in addition to showcasing some of the special effects that Marvel fans have come to expect (and enjoy) over the years. Being a hero is no easy task, and neither is becoming a King. In Black Panther it looks as though both tasks will be extra difficult for T’Challa, but it seems that he is ready to rise to the occasion.
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