After making his cinematic debut in Captain America: Civil War, 2018 brings us T’Challa, aka the Black Panther’s first solo outing and a ridiculously good one at that. As directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther is stylish, well-acted, and comes at a time when fictional figures like T’Challa are more culturally important than ever.
However, for as good as the movie is, it only scratches the surface of what Black Panther can do power-wise. While we know that T’Challa is a skilled combatant who is basically bulletproof thanks to his high-tech, vibranium armor, Black Panther is arguably one of the most well-rounded and diverse Marvel heroes there is. He’s got a slew of abilities and many of them aren’t obvious at a quick glance.
Here are 12 superpowers from Black Panther’s comic book history that you may not have known he had at his disposal.
Thanks to his natural agility and athleticism, T’Challa is able to sneak around pretty much anyone he wants, but he also has the ability to go fully invisible thanks to the Black Panther suit’s tech. While the suit upgrades T’Challa’s strength, stamina, and endurance, it also features some cool upgrades of his own making, including a cloaking device that can be controlled telepathically.
This upgrade not only allows T’Challa to turn invisible with a single thought, but also disguise his Panther suit as regular street clothes, which proves handy when he doesn’t want to attract unnecessary attention. Basically, Black Panther has the ability to disappear at whim, which must be terrifying for anyone who would dare cross him.