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Little is detailed about Black Panther’s life before the zombie plague arrived on Earth-2149, however it can be presumed that it followed much the same path as Black Panther of Earth-616.

T’Challa (Earth-2149) from Marvel Zombies Vol 1 3 001

As food for Giant Man

T'Challa and Giant-Man were presumably attacked by the zombified Avengers shortly after the start of the outbreak, and Pym was infected by his wife Janet Van Dyne, but they managed to flee from their former allies, but on the way the Panther realized that Pym had been bitten during their encounter with the undead Avengers, and may have ulterior motives. He questioned Pym about it, but before he could act, Giant-Man increased in size and swatted him unconscious, realizing that he would soon join the ranks of the undead, and wouldn't be left without a meal when he succumbed.[1]

After the death of Magneto at the hands of Pym and his cohorts, the size-changing super-hero returned to the lab to harvest some of T'Challa's limbs for consumption in order to gain his bearings. Later on, he regained full consciousness most of his right arm and leg missing, and after discovering the still animated severed head of Wasp he made a deal with it to help him escape.

After making himself a simple crutch and carefully tucking Wasp’s head under his arm, T’Challa made his way through the ruined city. Eventually he was confronted by the Acolytes who mistook him for a zombie. After defending himself, and protecting Wasp, they both joined the Acolytes aboard Asteroid M.

Whilst onboard the satellite, T’Challa meets Forge, who builds him a cybernetic arm and leg. He also met Lisa Hendricks whom he later married and bore a son with.[2]

5 Years Later

After scans revealed no movement on the planet, the Acolytes landed Asteroid M in the middle of New York, and Black Panther, his wife, and T'Channa, their child, stepped into a new world. Wasp followed, her hunger removed by going cold-turkey.

It is presumably around this point that T’Challa received a call from a T'Challa from an alternate universe, who was having problems with the familiar zombified super-heroes on the Skrull home-world.[3]

40 Years Later

Even with New York renamed New Wakanda, and T’Challa in it’s throne, there didn’t appear to be a viable way to rebuild the population and so, the new generation of Acolytes, led by the mad son of the late Fabian Cortez, Malcolm, plotted to remove the old man from his throne out of frustration.

During a conversation between T'Challa, Lisa, and Forge regarding this very issue, K'Shamba, T'Challa and Forge's grandson, appeared before them after venturing out into the remains of Manhattan, bringing back with him the severed head of Hawkeye, which had been left to rot under rubble after the fight with Magneto and the Zombies' departure from Earth a half-century prior.

T’Challa (Earth-2149) from Marvel Zombies 2 Vol 1 4 001

Zombified

In the dead of night, an assassin, armed with a knife, crept into the Royal bedchamber, and stabbed T'Challa. Having been alerted to the intrusion, Wasp, in her new cybernetic body, rushed into the room and momentarily subdued the assailant. As T'Challa lay critically injured on the floor, however, and she rationalized that the only way he would survive is if he is zombified, and so she proceeded to bite him.

With her hunger returning, Wasp tried to eat Lisa but is prevented in doing so by the Black Panther, who demanded that if she required immediate nourishment, then they would devour the assassin. Sated and cognizant, they agreed that they would now have to be quarantined until once again the hunger dissipated.

After a few weeks in quarantine, Hawkeye (now outfitted in Wasp's original cybernetic body), Reynolds, and Forge, released T'Challa and Wasp due to Malcolm's plot to kill them. T'Challa and Wasp agreed to take Hawkeye with them into the surrounding cityscape until Malcolm and his cohorts were dealt with. However, before the trio could leave, they were caught, but the people of New Wakanda were preoccupied with the returning Zombies, who expressed surprise upon seeing the group. He helped fend off the Zombies with Spider-Man and Luke Cage, both of whom were cured of their hunger. They retreated to the Palace and sealed the zombies out of the palace with a force field, but trapped Gladiator and an unconscious Bruce Banner inside.

After a battle with Gladiator that resulted in his death, T'Challa and the other zombies got their wounds fixed up. However, they realized they weren't well-manned to protect the dimensional portal the zombies came for. Reynolds revealed T'Challa's deceased son, T'Channa, dressed as Colonel America, and discovered that Reynolds and Forge placed Colonel America's brain into his son's body. However, with only part of the brain itself functioning, Colonel America is only able to spout nonsensical jargon about a war that doesn't exist. Enraged, T'Challa attacked Reynolds for this perceived transgression, but was stopped by T'Channa, who began to beat down on the Panther, until he was stopped by Spider-Man and Luke Cage. Getting his bearings together, T'Challa angrily told Reynolds that, while he would restrain himself for the moment being, he would never be forgiven for this. The zombies returned, and T'Challa proposed a deal with Giant-Man and Iron Man; they would hand over the dimensional transporter so long as they would refrain from attacking the population of New Wakanda. While Hank and Tony seemed to agree to this, as soon as the force field was lowered, T'Challa's group immediately retaliated, ordering the force field to be brought back online, but not before T'Challa is smashed, leaving only his left arm, left shoulder, part of his chest, neck, and head intact, and Wasp crushed from the waist up.

However, Banner, who had been sedated earlier, wandered into the control room and attempted devour Reynolds in order to stave off the Hulk, and accidentally hit the switch, allowing the zombies to get through to the survivors, only for the group to realize that they aren't hungry. The zombies then try to cope with their rediscovered humanity. However, before any sort of deal could be reached between Giant-Man and Malcolm, Banner turned into the Hulk and burst into the room in his worst state; completely enraged and starving as ever. The zombies and humans allied with one another in order to stop the Jade Giant. Reynolds, having fallen in love with the Wasp and believing her to be dead after her bout with Giant-Man, offered himself as a sacrifice to the Hulk to end his rampage. Before T'Challa could object to this, Reynolds was torn apart and devoured by the Hulk, who proceeded to revert back to Bruce Banner. Banner, as his last request, was then killed by Spider-Man, Giant-Man, and Wolverine in order to end the Hulk's threat forever. After getting a new body by Forge, the zombies decided to help the survivors start over. However, Malcolm revealed that he was behind T'Challa's assassination attempt, T'Channa's death, and a new plot to kill K'Shamba. He stated he liked this way of life and wanted to destroy the zombie plague, and sent T'Challa, along with the other zombies, to another dimension.[4]

Earth-Z

T'Challa (Earth-2149) from Marvel Zombies Return Vol 1 5

Black Panther died

T'Challa was transported to reality of Earth-91126 and landed in the Skrull's world, where he converted the entire species. He later led his converted horde against Earth-91126's zombie "Avengers" and was slain. His remaining body part, his left arm, was mounted in Avengers Tower as a trophy.[5]

Powers

Seemingly those of T'Challa of Earth-616.




Transportation

  • Advanced Wakandan aircraft.

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