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15 Black Panther Fan Theories That Are Actually Plausible

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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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    M’Baku Became The King Of Wakanda During The Time Skip

    From Redditor u/Dreadful_menace:

    M’Baku became the king of Wakanda and maybe Black Panther during the 5 year timeskip during Avengers: Endgame. I had this idea for a quite a while, I noticed that M’Baku was able to run at the same pace with captain america and Thor and Black Panther during the charge against Thanos’ army. That got me thinking, when T’Challa and Shuri were dusted in Infinity War, who ruled Wakanda during the 5 years? I think it was M’Baku who took the throne. Black Panther movie established that atleast M’Baku was a match for T’Challa as seen in the waterfall scene for the throne of Wakanda. And in Inifinity War both Cap and Panther out paced their own army against the marauders. He is the most capable person to lead Wakanda in their darkest time. And with the royal line of succession broken he may have taken the throne not out of personal reasons but of necessecity

    Interesting theory?
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    The Jabari Tribe Have A Secret Garden Of Heart Shaped Herbs

    From Redditor u/iceeaholic:

    TL:DR - The Jabari tribe have a secret garden of heart shaped herbs and this is how M'Baku had superhuman strength and it will be revealed to create another Black Panther.

    So I just rewatched Black Panther. During the final battle when M'Baku and the Jabari tribe joined the final battle M'Baku is seen using his staff weapon to hit a man into the air above him and out about 10 feet. A feat of superhuman strength. How does he do this? The Jabari have their own heart shaped herbs. When Nakia offers the herb to M'Baku, he declines. Partly out of honor but possibly because after his defeat at T'Challa's hands M'Baku decided to lead his tribe he needed more strength and used the heart shaped herb to gain that strength. He then brings them to a wounded T'Challa. They then preform the Black Panther ritual. Why is this convenient place there? Because the Jabari have their own heart shaped herb ritual and it's done there. Marvel producers have said someone else may take the Black Panther mantel but without the garden of the heart shaped herb they wouldn't have the power of the Black Panther. It will be revealed that the Jabari have grown the herbs and since they have been brought back into the fold they will share them with the Black Panther.

    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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    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?