WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Black Panther vs. Deadpool #2 from Daniel Kibblesmith, Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Felipe Sobreiro and VC's Joe Sabino, on sale now.
Wakanda has rapidly emerged as one of the scientific cathedrals in Marvel Comics over the years. The intelligence of King T'Challa and his sister, Shuri, has become so renowned that these qualities have made the jump over the Marvel Cinematic Universe, painting the African kingdom as both a haven and a Mecca in movies such as Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.
In Black Panther vs. Deadpool #2, though, T'Challa makes a scientific breakthrough courtesy of Wade Wilson, which seems destined to change the entire Marvel Universe. While studying the mysteries about Deadpool's abilities via his severed arm in a private lab, the king inadvertently ends up discovering the cure for death.
The first issue of this crossover dealt with Deadpool infiltrating Wakanda to try to steal a sliver of Vibranium he needed for a life-saving surgery on Marvel's favorite mailman, Willie Lumpkin. Wade caused the injury, after all, and now he's doing everything he can to make up for his transgressions. This brought him to T'Challa's throne room, and in their ensuing fight the king used a special laser he created to slice off Wade's arm before teleporting him outside the Wakandan border for game-hunters to attack.
However, he quickly realized upon first analyzing the arm that Wade didn't have a healing factor; all of his regeneration was due to a dying factor. That's why his body kept regenerating dead cells, the very cancer he was dying from. This issue now opens with T'Challa doing further analysis on the limb, pointing out that Wade's status as a walking, talking tumor had more to it than meets the eye.
As he reconciles the laser he used and its effects on Wade's arm, T'Challa can't believe what he finds hidden inside the Merc with a Mouth's genetic code. T'Challa's laser shoots out "star cells" (bio-nanites with incredible healing powers), which he uses for precise, clean cuts during surgery. They heal the very wounds they cut immediately, so there's no bleeding or infection -- all part of Wakanda's humanitarian research efforts.
However, he discovers that, when Wade's cells interact with the artificial "star cell" microbes he and Shuri created, the cancer stops dead in its tracks, ergo why nothing has regenerated from the limb after he cut it off. More importantly, it's not just the cancer that stops, but any sort of degeneration. In other words, the body's cells stop decaying, disfiguring and dying, which means Black Panther has indeed found the cure for death right here in Wakanda.
It's a grand revelation, and one he's clearly ill at ease with, as his conscience is already wrestling with his heart over what to do with this information. He doesn't know how to share this with the world, as it literally changes life on the planet. The king is already wondering about what happens if this technology falls into the wrong hands. It could, after all, create a weapon for his enemies or spawn undying armies. T'Challa's wondering about people becoming immortal, and if that's what was meant to happen on Earth. More so, he can't believe something this important came from the DNA of Deadpool!
When Deadpool makes his way back to Wakanda's royal home, Black Panther is still struggling to come to terms with telling him the news. Everyone thinks of Wade as a one-man army of chaos and bloodshed, but now we see the answer to life's greatest problem lies within his bloodstream.
With Jack O'Lantern invading Wakanda, the duo's much-needed conversation has been put on hold as they team up Avengers-style to stop the villain. But as it stands, Black Panther can't help but be distracted by the fact he's fighting alongside a foul-mouthed soldier who has the potential to create miracles for the planet.