“We chose for the emblem a black panther, a beautiful black animal which symbolizes the strength and dignity of black people, an animal that never strikes back until he’s back so far into the wall, he’s got nothing to do but spring out. Yeah. And when he springs he does not stop.”
Black Panther is the first biological son of T’Chaka, King of the African Nation ofWakanda. His mother, N’Yami, died while giving birth and his adopted older brother, Hunter, blamed him for her death. His second mother, Ramonda, left the family when Black Panther was only eight. T’Chaka believed Ramonda had run away with another man, and so decreed that no one would speak of that woman in his presence again. Only decades later did Black Panther learn Ramonda had been kidnapped back to her native South Africa.
The Bilderberg Conference invited T’Chaka to sit at their table in order to negotiate use of Wakandan goods. As T’Chaka rejected their offers, criticizing their materialistic and selfish ideology, they let their agent, Klaw, take a hit on the Wakandan family. Killing T’Chaka and intending to slay the entire family, Klaw was forced to retreat by the young Black Panther.
Black Panther as a teen was sent on the Wakandan rite of passage in which he was sent off to roam the land. He was rescued by a young orphan girl namedOroro Munroe, who used her mutant powers to control the weather to take out his would-be kidnappers. The pair shared a romance and spent much time together, however, Black Panther’s duties as a prince prevented them from further exploring their burgeoning mutual attraction.
As a young man, T’Challa traveled to America and Europe for school. He gained a Ph.D. in Physics from Oxford University.B’Tumba, his childhood friend, was sent by his father N’Baza to study together. Being bested at every sport and every endeavor, B’Tumba grew jealous and turned to A.I.M., plotting revenge against T’Chaka’s son.