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15 Black Panther Fan Theories That Are Actually Plausible

Updated February 5, 2021 2.6k votes 523 voters 72.2k views16 items

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The MCU has become one of the biggest superhero franchises in history, and there is really no question as to why. With so much content and a slew of interesting characters, it's the saga that keeps on giving. One of fandoms' favorite things to do is come up with fan theories, and when it comes to the MCU, there are certainly a lot of them. From unanswered questions to character quirks, we managed to round up some of the most interesting fan theories surrounding Wakanda's finest - Black Panther. Which Black Panther fan theory do you think is most believable?

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    Tony Stark Bought Vibranium From Wakanda

    From Redditor u/rgtxd26:

    After the events of BP, T'challa decides to share the Vibranium with other countries. What if Tony Stark bought the Vibranium from T'challa after he makes it public. Tony Stark has limitless applications by using Vibranium for his tech and suits. Maybe that's how he was able to make the nanotech suit we see in Infinity War and Endgame. The properties of Vibranium enabled him to make new technology like nanotech in a very less time. Tony Stark and T'challa never interacted on-screen but they might have interacted after Civil War when Cap left him on Siberia and possibly became friends.

    Even in SMH, Happy references of a new shield for Captain America and Tony wouldn't have made it with any other metal because that would be useless for Cap's fighting style and the villains he fights. So it is more likely that Tony used vibranium to make that shield. And in Civil War, when Cap leaves the shield with Tony it has scratches made from Black Panther's claws. When Tony returns it to Cap in Endgame, it has no damage which means he repaired it. He couldn't have repaired vibranium scratches without using vibranium which again implies that Tony had vibranium with him. The shield that Cap gives to Sam is a bit different from the original shield. There might be a chance that that shield was the one made by Tony referenced in SMH.

    Interesting theory?
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    Vibranium Weapons Keep Their Victims Alive

    From Redditor u/Potatua:

    Vibranium weapons, if left in their victims (such as knives left in stab victims or bullets/other projectiles) keep their victims alive. My main evidence for this is when Agent Ross is shot in Black Panther. T'challa uses a kimoyo bead to stabilize him by inserting it into the wound. We also see in age of ultron, as explained by Helen Cho, that the vibranium facilitates cellular and tissue generation. This means it would help the body heal. Furthermore, Shuri explains that vibranium allowed her to heal Agent Ross's wound. So theoretically, vibranium's healing properties would allow for a body containing it, such as one stabbed by vibraniun weapon if the weapon was left in, to stay alive longer than it would normally. What really made me think of this and the biggest contributor in terms of evidence, is Killmonger's death. He removes the vibraniun spear head (i dont know if there is a more accurate or proper term) from his chest and then keels over and dies. This heavily implies that the removal of the weapon led to his immediate death. It either pierced his heart, in which case he would died quickly unless the blade was keeping him alive through vibraniums healing properties. Or it pierced his lungs, in which case he would have died slower as the knife would have kept him alive by preventing fluid from entering his lungs and it would have taken a lot longer then 2 seconds it does for him to die. Therefore he was most likely kept alive through vibraniums healing properties, meaning vibranium weapons would keep victims alive.

    Interesting theory?
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    Wakanda Is Still A Monarchy Because Their King Uses A Psychedelic To Increase Wisdom

    From Redditor u/_toy_boat_:

    There are actually two things that make Wakanda unique. Most people focus on the vibranium. But did anyone notice that their leaders must undergo a ritual with psychedelics that deepens their connection to their ancestors and the natural world? It's the only explanation why Wakanda escaped resource curse and is still not a democracy. In most cases, when you have a monarchy that controls a whole country with substantial natural resources, you get something like Saudi Arabia. It tends to deepen inequality of all kinds. And if they somehow escaped that trap and created a powerful technological society, then you would expect the business owners and professionals to overthrow the monarch, like European nations and America, and colonize or dominate other nations militarily.

    Wakanda's leaders refused to do this. They would have had to have incredible foresight and wisdom to not develop their nation in either of those ways. And they also would have had to put down internal dissension. So perhaps the real superpower of the Black Panther is to be a values-driven leader, and an incredibly skilled diplomat and planner. The movie mentions that the Black Panther was able to unite four of the five tribes of Wakanda, and has at least managed to stave off war with the fifth tribe. Maybe nobody wants to go back to those bad old days where everyone was at war. This also explains why they haven't gotten rid of the single-combat ritual and the monarchy. Perhaps one has to be unusually strong, physically, to even accept the heart-shaped herb.

    [Read the full theory here]

    Interesting theory?
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    Shuri Will Take On The Black Panther Mantle

    From Redditor u/reveek:

    The next Black Panther will be Shuri.

    • She is the most logical selection both in universe and out of universe. In universe:
    • She is part of the current royal family so she has a claim to the throne and title.
    • She is the most familiar with the Black Panther suit and technology so it stands to reason she could make a new version for herself. Possibly, an Iron Man style suit to make up for the lack of the heart shaped herb.
    • She has seen the danger of someone unworthy inheriting the title and will try to avoid it in the future but will recognize that Wakanda needs a Black Panther. Out of universe:
    • As one of the smartest people left after Endgame, she will most likely be involved in the international clean up effort that seems from the blip. This is a plot convenience when writers try to place her in other MCU titles to develop the transition.
    • She was one of the more popular characters the Black Panther franchise.
    • She fits into the push for more female heroes that the MCU will likely follow but her technological approach would allow her to differentiate from the existing "super strong warrior woman" the MCU is already developing with Gamora, Valkyrie, and Nebula. Using a character like Okoye would just be a rehash.
    • If the explicitly kill off T'Challa, they have basically the pre-built survivor guilt and worthiness storyline falling into place.
    Interesting theory?