Marvel Traces Black Panther's Family Tree in New Video

As the hype builds toward the theatrical release of Black Panther, Marvel Comics has debuted a video that explores King T'Challa's family tree and the history of Wakanda's royal family.

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The video, which features art by Khary Randolph and Erick Arciniega, focuses on the series of events that led to T'Challa taking over the Black Panther mantle and the throne of Wakanda. It starts from the very beginning, with his ancestor and the first Panther, Bashenga, who invoked the power of Bast, the panther god, and protected the Great Mound that houses Wakanda's vibranium.

It moves on to Azzuri the Wise (T'Challa's grandfather), who fought off invading Hydra  forces in World War II that came for the vibranium. We also learn about Azzuri's son and T'Challa's father, T'Chaka, who died in Captain America: Civil War. The video details T'Chaka's offspring, from T'Challa, whose mother died during childbirth, to his adopted son Hunter, a warrior named Jakarra, and last but not least, the teenage prodigy Shuri.

The video also provides information on other members of T'Challa's extended family, as well as the Dora Milaje who act as the king's bodyguards, and traditional antagonists such as Killmonger and Man-Ape, who appear in Ryan Coogler's much-anticipated movie.

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Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Winston Duke as M’Baku and Forest Whitaker as Zuri. The film opens Feb. 16.

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