How Black Panther Has Super Strength In The MCU

Black Panther in Civil War

Captain America: Civil War brought together nearly all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's major heroes, while also introducing newcomers like Spider-Man and Black Panther. The latter had a more significant role in the film's narrative, and MCU fans were quickly salivating for his eventual solo film. Black Panther released its first teaser yesterday, showing exactly what to expect from the Wakandan adventure. The teaser featured some awesome action by the titular hero, and now we know more about how he's got such super strength; and it ain't the vibranium suit.

It turns out that all Black Panthers actually consume a specific herb that gives them new powers. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler revealed the details to EW, saying:

The Heart-Shaped Herb is how Black Panther achieves his powers. He can fight hand-to-hand with Cap, who's a supersoldier, so he has super strength and heightened instincts that give him his enhanced abilities. The Heart-Shaped Herb is what Black Panthers over the generations would consume, once they earn the title, which gives them their physical edge.

There you go, you bunch of nerds. We finally know how Black Panther was able to go toe to toe with superpowered heroes like Steve Rogers. The mantle of Black Panther comes with a variety of perks, including an herb that will make you a crime fighting badass and a vibranium suit that is basically indestructible. Talk about job perks.

Hype and excitement for Black Panther is at an all time high, following the release of its first teaser. Much of the film had been previously shrouded in mystery, and we were finally able to see the characters assembled, and the basic outline of the plot. T'Challa will have to fight enemies both foreign and familiar, as he attempts to stop a World War and protect Wakanda's supply of vibranium from forces who want to take the valuable metal for themselves.

Joining Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa is an all-star cast of majority black actors. This includes Creed actor Michael B. Jordan, The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and This Is Us standout Sterling K. Brown. The fantastic ensemble is rounded out by Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis, who are reprising their MCU roles as Everett K. Ross and Ulysses Klaue. Seriously, this might be the most impressive cast of any Marvel Cinematic Universe film to date.

As a reminder of all the awesome to come, check out Black Panther's first teaser below.

Awesome, right?

Black Panther will arrive in theaters February 16th, 2018, so there's still quite a bite of time left to wait until we arrive in Wakanda. In the meantime, check out our 2017 release list and plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.