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Super Power: How Black Panther and Captain America Match As Martial Artists

 

SUPER POWER

In 'Avengers' (2021) #41, Black Panther faces Man-Thing in gladiatorial combat.
In Avengers (2021) #41, Black Panther faces Man-Thing in gladiatorial combat. Marvel Comics.

IN MARTIAL ARTS

*To celebrate Black Panther: Wakanda Forever we publish this article on Marvel’s top two martial artists.

BLACK PANTHER AND CAPTAIN AMERICA ARE MARVEL’S TOP TWO MARTIAL ARTISTS

Today, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases with great celebration and excitement for the general audiences and for the African-American public.

With the passing of Chadwick Boseman, the torch has been passed to Letitia Wright who takes up the mantle of Black Panther in the titular role of Shuri. Though the heroine has yet to prove her feats similar to the comic, we will compare only T’Challa to Captain America.

In fact, since the Silver Age, the Black Panther-Captain America rivalry has taken on new heights. Indeed, many of their encounters involve Captain America infiltrating Wakanda on political missions or covert operations.

In most battles, the King of Wakanda has won though Captain America has held his own. With “Enter the Phoenix”, Phoenix-powered Captain America and Black Panther are the finalists in the Phoenix’s gladiatorial combats to become the entity’s next host.

Let’s look at how Black Panther’s martial arts and Captain America’s super soldier serum match against each other across various media.

 

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TV: BLACK PANTHER DEFEATED CAPTAIN AMERICA IN THEIR FIRST ENCOUNTER

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In 2010, BET aired one season of Black Panther. Importantly, the six-episode series was a motion comic that introduced audienes to Wakanda and the world of Black Panther.

Perhaps, the first episode kicked into high gear with the first encounter between Black Panther and Captain America. True to the source material, Captain America is hunting down Nazi spies in Waanda.

With fisticuffs and muscle-bound heroes, it appears Black Panther outclasses Captain America in strength, speed and fighting skill. In three powerful kicks, T’Challa knocks out the Star Spangled Banner.

In the end, Black Panther wins the battle though the mission is a failure.

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FILM: BLACK PANTHER IS THE SRONGEST MARTIAL ARTIST

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Really, Black Panther (2018) may be the most celebrated Marvel movie with the greatest cultural impact. Indeed, “Wakanda Forever” has become the popular motto of entertainers and fans alike celebrating African-American culture.

Perhaps, one of its least celebrated moments is the rhino scene during the final battle of the movie. When T’Challa returns to challenge Killmonger, he dons the suit and faces the Wakandan army. Powerfully, he tamed a white rhino stampeding.

Importantly, a white rhinoceros can weigh up to 2400 kg and stampede at 13.8582 meters per second. With a kinetic energy of 230459.648688 Joules, Black Panther performed a Room-Level feat that is well above Captain America’s strength-level.

FILM: CAPTAIN AMERICA IS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE’S BEST HAND-TO-HAND FIGHTER

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Gloriously, Captain America showcases the Marvel Universe’s best battles. In Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War (2016), the Avengers are divided over the Sokovia Accords. On the pro-registration are Iron Man and his forces. Against registration are Captain America and his Avengers.

In the final battle, Captain America shows why his combination of strength, sill and fighting spirit is unmatched in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Importantly, Iron Man is at least a 10-tonner since he is able to move the turbines of the Helicarrier.

Gloriously, the Star-Spangled Banner withstands Iron Man’s barrage of punches and array of technology, in order to final overwhelm him with his superior fighting skills. As F.R.I.D.A.Y. states, Catain America is the best hand-to-hand fighter in the Marvel Universe who later triumhs over Tony.

Though, unlike Black Panther killing Killmonger, Captain America does not land Tony the killing blow with his shield.

COMIC: IN ENTER THE PHOENIX, BLACK PANTHER CLAIMS HE CAN KILL THE PHOENIX

In 'Avengers' (2021) #41, Black Panther faces Man-Thing in gladiatorial combat.
In Avengers (2021) #41, Black Panther faces Man-Thing in gladiatorial combat. Marvel Comics.

VISIT Marvel Day: In “Enter The Phoenix”, The Thunder God Attempts To End Gladiatorial Combat But Becomes The Son Of A Monster With A Devastating Origin Story for the Phoenix’s gladiatorial combats.

Importantly, Black Panther claims during the series that he has the power to kill the Phoenix. As a martial artist, Black Panther is also a great mystic who can commune with supernatural forces.

COMIC: CAPTAIN AMERICA HAS STALEMATED BLACK PANTHER

In Captain America #100 (1968), Black Panter tests Captain America in a fight in Wakanda. Marvel Comics

For the most part, Black Panther and Captain America are portrayed as equals. Importantly, T’Challa has the advantage in strength, speed and is the deadlier fighter. Both fighters are protected by Vibranium as the Captain has a Vibranium Shield and the Black Panther Habit is powered by Vibranium.

SEE Metropolis Battles: Black Panther vs. Captain America for our ratings. See our updated ratings below.

BLACK PANTHER FIGHTING-SKILLS LEVEL:

WARRIOR MADNESS

Fighting Skills: Warrior Madness 84%

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CAPTAIN AMERICA FIGHTING-SKILLS LEVEL:

WARRIOR

Fighting Skills: Warrior 75%

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