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Why is it so easy to become king of Wakanda?

It's not THAT easy. But the process is their tradition. Remember, the ruler of Wakanda is also given the powers of the Black Panther and is expected to protect the country from outsiders etc - so ...
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Why didn't Black Panther ask Captain America for help?

As the tie-in comic Avengers Infinity War Prelude shows, Captain America and his team of Avengers are not hiding in Wakanda. They are off trying to recover the remaining Chitauri weapons and ...
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What accent did the actors use in Black Panther?

From State.com (emphasis mine): Beth McGuire: Visually, that’s where we were. Linguistically, what we did is we honored the genealogy of the precursor to Black Panther—Captain America: Civil War. T’...
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Is there any way for Wakandan people to regrow the Heart-Shaped Herb?

He had them burn what was currently growing in the ground. Anyone familiar with agriculture would know that doesn't preclude them having seeds and/or cuttings socked away for new plantings. It is ...
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How does this guy eat?

Are they even human? Is the mouth naturally like this or has it been surgically altered to indicate the person's social position as a tribe leader? These body modifications are actual things in ...
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Does T'Chaka actually have Black Panther powers in Civil War?

At the time of Civil War, T'Chaka was no longer the Black Panther, T'Challa was. According to the official prequel comic, Black Panther: Prelude, the mantle of the Black Panther was passed on to T' ...
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Why is it so easy to become king of Wakanda?

I think the answer is a much simpler one implied by the film: it's a tradition that has become a formality. At T'Challa's coronation, the three other tribes all presented a champion, but then ...
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Was there a meaning to the design on Shuri's shirt?

This is one of the Adinkra Symbols denoting different concepts or aphorisms. It is called WAWA ABA, seed of the wawa tree. It is a symbol of hardiness, toughness and perseverance. From above linked ...
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How and why did T'Challa have the Black Panther power already?

Marvel published a prequel comic book to Black Panther, called Black Panther Prelude, that details the story of T'Challa becoming the Black Panther. This actually occurred very early in the MCU ...
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Is it necessary to watch Black Panther before watching Avengers-Infinity War

No... There are no essential plot points in Black Panther that you absolutely need to follow the plot of Infinity War. ..and Yes That said, there are characters, relationships and technology etc. ...
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Why didn't the Black Panther's power heal wounds?

The herb makes you stronger, not invincible. From the Wiki: The Panther is entitled to eat a special heart-shaped herb which, in addition to his mystical, shamanistic connection with the Wakandan ...
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Why the Golden Jaguar suit instead of Black Panther?

There are multiple reasons, all of them connected with each other. First, both suits represent the Black Panther. T'Challa's sister made both for him to wear, one flashy (to show off as a king), the ...
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Why didn't Black Panther ask Captain America for help?

The writers could certainly rationalize the presence or absence of Captain America and the other fugitives during the Wakandan civil war, but from a storytelling point of view Captain America's ...
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Is there any way for Wakandan people to regrow the Heart-Shaped Herb?

Is there any way for Wakandan people to regrow the Heart-Shaped Herb? First, should we assume garden of the Heart-Shaped Herb is the only place to grow it? I bet we shouldn't, first we should know ...
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Did the world know about Wakandan Vibranium before the end of Black Panther?

Yes, but not many. It's possible that Bruce, Tony Stark, and possibly Howard Stark already know about the Wakandan vibranium. Besides them, there are more people who tried to intrude and steal ...
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What is the reason for T'Challa's decision at the end?

The Black Panther film is mainly about T'Challa deciding what kind of King he is going to be. 'It's hard for a good man to be a king.' In a way T'Challa agrees with Erik but he doesn't think he is ...
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Did the world know about Wakandan Vibranium before the end of Black Panther?

The world knows about Vibranium, and that Wakanda had some of it. When Klaue stole vibranium in the past, they reported to the UN that it was all the vibranium they had in the country. This was likely ...
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What does the whole letter in Black Panther by Prince NJobu say?

From cinemablend: YouTube user Aznmarty256 (via Reddit) took the time to pause when Killmonger is sifting through N'Jobu's journal and transcribe exactly what he wrote to his son. Take a look: ...
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Who kills T'Chaka, one of the original Black Panthers + father of the current Black Panther?

The MCU films all follow their own continuity, unrelated to the comics (but often inspired by them). MCU films should always be treated as existing within a shared universe, and as such the narrative ...
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How do the timelines between Black Panther and Captain America: Civil War interact?

According to Comicbook.com, During this time, the only superhumans we know to be active are Black Panther (Wakandan monarch T'Chaka, played by Atandwa Kani), and possibly Captain Marvel (a yet-...
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What do the bumps on Killmongers body mean?

Why does he does he do this? There are a number of African cultures spread across the continent that have traditionally used scarification and cicatrisation as a form of body art and Black Panther’s ...
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How does Killmonger so easily defeat T'Challa in ritual combat?

You've misunderstood what's happening. The potion T'Challa drinks strips him of the Black Panther powers and reverts him to normal human levels. This is to allow the combat to be fair. If T'Challa ...
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What are the other tribes that live in Wakanda and why didn't they help during the uprising?

According to SyfyWire There are 8 tribes. The Panther Tribe: The Royal Family King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), his stepsister Princess Shuri (Letitia Wright) and her mother, the King’s ...
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Why don't Wakandans feed Heart-Shaped Herb to everyone?

From a philosophical point of view, the world is perfectly balanced between good and evil. It is all about collateral damage. In everyday life, for normal human disagreements, the collateral damage ...
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How did the Border Tribe plan to subdue Black Panther?

The fancy Vibranium nano-suit was brand new. T'Challa appears surprised and impressed at its kinetic storage and blast abilities. It is reasonable to assume that the warriors were not aware of these ...
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Why is Killmonger's "ancestral plane" vision different?

As far as I feel, the literal sense is made for the ancestral plane, as his father wasn't a Black Panther (although he was of royal blood), so Killmonger not seeing previous black panthers but his ...
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What is the purpose of growing vast amount of heart-shaped herb?

What's the point of growing so much heart-shaped herb if they're not going to store any or have more people ingest it? There are a few benefits/reasons to cultivating such a robust garden of a single ...
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Why is ritual combat performed in water?

The Ritual is not performed at any old cliff with water or any old Waterfall, it is done at Warrior Falls. According to Wikia The Warrior Falls are a set of waterfalls where the King of Wakanda ...
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Why would W'Kabi go against T'Challa?

Why would W'Kabi go against T'Challa? Why not? His king failed to give him justice which this new king contender did. And it makes full sense from his perspective as he wanted justice for his parents ...
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In Black Panther, what was the purpose of this ceremony

The purpose of the ceremonial burial is to travel to the "Ancestral Plane" so that the new king may consult with his ancestors. In both cases, Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and T'Challa, the ...
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