As most comic fans are aware, the success of an adaptation can prove to
be a game changer for a superhero and his/her standing in
the comic universe; any little exposure can result in minor characters becoming heavy hitters overnight. Black Panther is one who hasn’t always been properly utilized, so the upcoming film may finally alert the public to one fundamental truth
about the Wakandan; for all intents and purposes, T’Challa is the answer to the Dark Knight, Batman. Bruce shares similarities with many Marvel properties. For instance, Daredevil immediately comes to mind. When
it comes to avenging loners who coincidentally have over 9000 sidekicks and are suffering from overexposure, Batman and Wolverine are practically twins. However, in terms of skills and personality, T’Challa is arguably the Caped Crusader’s equivalent more so than any other. They’re two men born into wealth and
privilege. Both heroes are haunted by the murder of their parents, fueling them to be champions of their respective kingdoms. The two are prodigies who strive to be the pinnacle of excellence
in every field possible: science, business, and martial arts. However, unlike Iron Man, their primary motivation isn’t hubris; both are driven. While both dark knights are exceptional warriors, it’s strategic maneuvering that earns them respect, besting the likes of Lex Luthor, Kingpin, Doctor Doom, and Darkseid; anyone familiar with any of those four understands defeating even one is a monumental
accomplishment. It’s also interesting to note that they’re not the best at what they do (that honor goes to Logan, obviously), but neither has to be the best ‘cause they will always strive to be the best, using resources in every conceivable manner to meet their objectives. It goes without saying that Batman is and always will be a major player, but Black Panther would serve as an equally important addition to the Avengers. Age of miracles, indeed.
Why Black Panther is Marvel’s Answer to Batman, by drupkins.