The Best Villains Black Panther Has Ever Faced
Black Panther, also known as T'Challa, King of Wakanda, is the first Black superhero introduced in mainstream comics. Created by the comics legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, he first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 back in 1966. Since then, T'Challa has been met by some of the fiercest villains in comic history.
Who are the greatest Black Panther enemies? Do you love seeing T'Challa going up against the likes of Ulysses Klaw, or do you prefer him going up against his own sister, T'Channa?
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Erik Killmonger, portrayed by Michael B. Jordan in the MCU's Black Panther (2018), first appeared in Jungle Action #6 (1973) as a Wakandan exile seeking revenge on T'Challa for his father's death; fueled by hatred and vengeance, he seeks to overthrow the Wakandan monarchy and establish himself as ruler, ultimately challenging T'Challa to a ritual combat that tests both their physical prowess and ideologies.
Brought to life by Andy Serkis within the MCU, made his comic debut in Fantastic Four #53 (1966); this nefarious physicist-turned-sound-manipulator is driven by greed for Vibranium – Wakanda's invaluable resource – leading him down a path of destruction that places him at odds with not only Black Panther but also other Marvel heroes.
Man-Ape, or M'Baku (played by Winston Duke in the MCU), first emerged from the pages of Avengers #62 (1969); once one of Wakanda's greatest warriors who turned against tradition and embraced savagery through worshiping Gorilla God Ghekre - he challenges T'Challa for leadership while exploiting political upheaval within their nation.
Initially introduced as an ally before becoming an antagonist in Black Panther Vol 3 #4 (1999), this character found solace amidst tragedy when adopted into royalty after surviving a plane crash; however, jealousy towards half-brother T’Challa festers into animosity as they vie for power over Wakanda’s destiny.
Primarily known as Spider-Man’s adversary yet crossing paths with Black Panther through narrative intersections such as The Amazing Spider-Man Annual Vol 1 #15 (1981); Sergei Kravinoff relentlessly hunts superheroes under the misguided belief that it will restore his family's honor—his obsession drives him toward increasingly dangerous encounters with T'Challa.
- Powers & Abilities: Flight, Healing factor, Superhuman speed
First appearing in Marvel Comics #1 (1939), this Atlantean king's tumultuous relationship with Wakanda reaches its zenith during the "Avengers vs X-Men" storyline; his devastating attack on their homeland solidifies him as a formidable foe to Black Panther and all those who stand alongside him.