Editor’s Note: Leading up to what might be the 2nd best superhero movie of the year, (sorry Avengers, Black Panther already beat you to the punch), we wanted to have some fun with coverage of the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. Rather than speaking ad nasuem about which hero will to die, or if Thanos will roll up on Earth like Debo in Friday, we thought we’d shine a light on some of the characters of color who will be featured in the film from a couple of different perspectives. We begin today with a look at T’challa, King of Wakanda.
Black Panther is one of the most iconic characters to grace the pages of Marvel’s comic books. Black Panther the movie has shattered worldwide box office records and our Wakandan king is set to feautre as an important piece in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. Yet while Spiderman, the X-Men, and the Avengers have seen various adaptations to the realm of video games, it has taken Black Panther a long time to become a playable character in our personal superhero adventures on the small screen. To bring honor to our consoles and our phones, here is the historical list of Black Panther in video games. Wakanda forever!
Marvel Ultimate Alliance (2006) and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 (2009)
These classic beat ‘em up style dungeon crawlers are personal favorites of mine. The classic T’Challa fighting style is present here in Ultimate Alliance 1 and 2, with all the flips, slashes, and fast paced fun one would come to expect from comic book lore.
Marvel Puzzle Quest (2013)
This puzzle game takes the Bejeweled matching style games that became re-popularized with the advent of Candy Crush Saga, and adds in RPG elements in a FTP model. I sunk hours into this game and if you like puzzle games, this one still holds up strong. Black Panther became available in a limited time offering to be a part of the players various puzzle battles.
Lego Marvel Superheroes (2013), Lego Marvel Avengers (2016), and Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 (2017)
Lego Marvel Superheroes Games are the perfect games to play with your family. The simple introductory controls, comedic elements, and dozens of characters make this a must have for any Marvel fan. And as a bonus for BP fans, Lego Marvel Superheroes 2 has special DLC that introduces characters and environments from the Black Panther movie!
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2014)
RIP Disney Infinity. Speaking of family games, there was no better sandbox to play in than the now defunct series. Online play is no longer supported, but one can still hop in with Black Panther and tear around in player created environments. Plus, the action figure looks cool!
Marvel Contest of Champions (2014)
Ok…so I’m a Marvel fan, but this was a mobile knockoff of the superior mobile version of Injustice. Sorry not sorry. But one thing that this game had going for it was Black Panther! Our king feels at home in a fighting game (more on that later) with his acrobatic prowess on full display. It’s a bit outdated now, but check it out for some quick, clean on-the-go brawling.
Marvel Future Fight (2015)
Dash and Slash with Black Panther in this mobile RPG. T’Challa’s claws are prevalent in his attacking style in this game. The game itself is sort of “grindy”, taking a while to level up characters to their fullest potential, but once they get there, this game shines brightly.
Marvel Tsum Tsum (2016), Marvel Avengers Academy (2016)
Well…this is different. Marvel Avengers Academy has players building a campus and having stylized teenage superheroes joining it via various means. The point and click gameplay is unique, but many love the Sims style hero collecting game.
Tsum Tsum is a puzzle adventure with well…Tsum Tsum characters. The Black Panther one scares me. Let’s just move on.
Marvel v. Capcom Infinite (2017)
Finally. This is what Black Panther needs to be in videogames. Regal and powerful as a major part of the single player storyline, Black Panther is perfectly at home as a member of the Marvel roster here. He is a classic fighting game rush down style fighter here, with slashing claws and up-close combos that are meant to corner opposing characters. In my opinion, he feels most at home in fighting games, and I would love to see more of him in future installments of the series.
Marvel Strike Force (2018)
Interested in finding out more about Marvel Strike Force? Check out my article in the link provided! As for Black Panther, he recently became unlockable in the game as a brawler class. This is a newer FTP game, so if you like RPGs and want to see Black Panther jumping around beating up baddies, this is a new place to do so.
Ryan Files is an avid comic book and video game consumer, reviewer, and critic hailing from the boondocks of Illinois. He has taken his ethnographic cultural studies background and applied it to his love of geekdom. He is a huge Star Wars nerd, Castlevania