Part of the joy of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is just watching the continuous build and strengthening of the continuity. Even the most solo of the solo adventures tend to advance previously established elements of the franchise, and after 10 years it's amazing to see how much has changed as a result. Ryan Coogler's Black Panther is no exception to this -- and while you could go into the film really knowing nothing about the comic book movie world beyond it, there are also certain things that are good to know. It's in this department that we have your back today.
Having screened Black Panther a couple weeks ago, I've since taken a look back at the Marvel Cinematic Universe and identified all of the info any audience member would need to fully understand everything going on in the movie. I've broken it all down into sections that you'll find below and across the next few pages, so read on and learn everything you need to remember before the film hits theaters this Friday.
Marvel Studios has traditionally introduced its biggest heroes through their own individual solo films, but the franchise took a different strategy with T'Challa a.k.a. Black Panther (played by Chadwick Boseman). Prior to the upcoming Ryan Coogler movie, the character made his big screen debut in Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: Civil War -- teaming with Iron Man to end The First Avenger's campaign against the Sokovia Accords. Much like what Spider-Man: Homecoming did for Spider-Man, Black Panther will be all about fleshing out the individual protagonist's home, but as-is audiences already know quite a bit about this legendary hero from his previous appearance.
T'Challa is first introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as not only the prince of Wakanda, a mysterious African nation best known for shutting itself off from the world, but also its greatest warrior and protector. Wearing a suit made woven with Vibranium thread -- the same indestructible metal that was used for Captain America's shield -- he is his nation's first line of defense in times of conflict. As his father's eldest child, he is also heir to the Wakandan throne which is something that very much comes into play during the character's first big screen arc and fuels his passionate quest for revenge...