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15 Black Panther Fan Theories That Are Actually Plausible

Updated February 5, 2021 2.6k votes 518 voters 71.6k 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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    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

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    T'Challa Was Able To Defeat Killmonger Because He Had More Experience With The Black Panther Powers

    From Redditor u/TheZenMann:

    Okay, so T'challa was able to take down Killmonger the second time they fought even though he was beaten pretty handily the first time. From what we know both fighters have had a lot of training and experience fighting. But during most of that time T'challa had super strength and speed gained from the herb. So he was quite used to fighting with it and had honed his powers for years. Killmonger on the other hand just recently gained his powers and is probably still getting used to them. Having the suit helped him stay even with T'challa. But when they went down to the mines, and their suits were disabled, T'challa had the advantage. That's how he was able to best Killmonger, because he had much more experience with his power than Killmonger did.

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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.

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    Nobody Is Able To Recreate The Super Soldier Serum Because It Comes From The Heart Shaped Herb

    From Redditor u/4DimensionalToilet:

    TL;DR: The Super Soldier Serum that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America was derived from the Heart Shaped Herb that gives people the powers of the Black Panther. The Heart Shaped Herb was incorporated into the Serum by Howard Stark, who somehow got a sample of the Herb from Wakanda, where he also obtained the vibranium used to make Cap’s famous shield. The Herb contains a key ingredient that prevents the enhanced individual from getting f*cked up like the Red Skull, the Hulk, and the Abomination did.

    In the MCU it’s been established that Dr. Abraham Erskine, the scientist who turned Steve Rogers into Captain America in The First Avenger (2011), was the only person to ever successfully produce an effective Super Soldier Serum. It’s also established that Cap’s shield is made of vibranium, a supermetal that is only found in Wakanda. Skip forward from WWII to the present day, and the closest we’ve seen in the MCU to powers resembling those of Steve Rogers are those of the Black Panther. T’Challa and Erik “Killmonger” Stevens both have enhanced speed, strength, and endurance when they possess the powers of the Black Panther. They aren’t necessarily superhuman, but they are at peak human ability, just like Captain America.

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