In 1992, we see T’Challa’s father arrest his uncle. Then we cut to 2008, where T’Challa and his friend Okoye are on a mission to extract Wakandan agent Nakia from an undercover mission with warlords in Nigeria. All three kick ass.
Why T-Challa might be hard to identify with: We don’t meet him until 7 minutes into the movie. When we do, we see that he’s not as confident as some other superheroes. He’s barely in the top five of the most bad-ass people in this movie.
- Wakanda has internecine conflicts.
- He has secrets. News reporters report how poor his country is, not suspecting the truth.
- Something Marvel is always good with: He has friends. (Unlike the DC heroes.) He and Okoye josh like old pals, which goes so far to make these seem like real people with full lives.
- A news report reminds us that his father has recently been murdered, as we saw in another movie.
- He has an embarrassing tendency to freeze up around Nakia, which Okoye teases him about. “What are you talking about? I never freeze!” he says, unconvincingly.
- He’s king of his country.
- He has superpowers he gets from eating an herb.
- He has neat gadgets for disabling the jeeps of the caravan he’s raiding.
Strength/Flaw: Respectful of Ancestors / Too tied to bad traditions