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After years of dodging questions from fans and journalists, poor Kevin Feige must have been very relieved to finally make Black Panther official at that recent Marvel Event. The news that the character is finally coming to the big screen has been embraced by all, especially as it brings some much needed diversity to the genre.

Introduced in Fantastic Four #52 in 1966 (his time as an Avenger luckily gives Marvel Studios the rights to him), T’Challa has a storied history and is easily one of the Marvel Universe’s most interesting characters.

Of course, Black Panther is not a name familiar to those who don’t read comic books, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be chomping at the bit to see him claw his way onto the big screen. Here, we run down the ten things you most need to know about Black Panther before he reaches cinemas for the first time in 2016.

10. He’s The Monarch Of Wakanda…

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There are at least some similarities between the Black Panther and Thor, but the key difference is that T’Challa doesn’t have his sights on the throne; he’s already king.

As the ruler of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, he has a lot of responsibilities, but there’s a very good chance that moviegoers will be introduced to his home nation at the same time as those who reside in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What’s so special about Wakanda? In the distant past, a meteorite made of the vibration absorbing metal known as Vibranium crashed there, but knowing outsiders would attempt to exploit them for this valuable resource, the ruler of the time concealed the country from the outside world.

With access to the precious material, Wakanda advanced far beyond a normal nation and is actually quite futuristic in appearance.

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