If you're like me, Captain America: Civil War contained a lot of things you didn't expect. A recreation of young RDJ, Vision cooking, and hints of a Pepperony break up... but also, the completely badass introduction of Black Panther, aka T'Challa. I mean, I knew Black Panther would be awesome, but I didn't expect him to be that awesome or for him to completely steal my heart away.
T'Challa went through so much in this film. Not only did his dad die in his arms, but he also became a king. It would be far too easy for him to run away or to be grumpy about it, but instead, he takes on the role with grace. He aims to be noble. He always tries to do the right thing.
Yes, yes, I know. Most of T'Challa's role in Civil War consisted of him chasing after Bucky. However, we see in the end that T'Challa repents of his search for vengeance and chooses not to let Zemo die. (I know that Zemo will come back later to bite him, but whatever. Still noble.) He also chooses to put himself at risk by putting Bucky in cryo, and though I'm sad that it's necessary, I'm so happy that we have another person willing to protect Bucky at all costs. (Also, they've been given the ship name "T'Chucky" on Tumblr, which never fails to make me laugh.)
I totally sense the beginning of a beautiful friendship. (source)
In the end, T'Challa is a cinnamon roll not because he was perfect but because he was good. Though T'Challa made plenty of mistakes, ultimately he regretted them, apologized for them, and did the best he could to make amends. Instead of continuing down his path of revenge, T'Challa acknowledged he was wrong and then promised to do better.
"Vengeance has consumed you. It's consuming them. I'm done letting it consume me."
One of my favorite things about T'Challa is that his very nature seems to be a contradiction--not only is he totally terrifying, but he's totally good too. His dedication to nobility, virtue, and pursuing the right path never once compromises his badassness. As both a lover and a fighter, T'Challa is the male character I've been looking for.
In summary, T'Challa is an honest-to-goodness hero. I'm looking forward to seeing him continue to be pure(ly badass) in his titular movie, Black Panther, releasing in just a little over two years. (No! I don't want to wait that long.) Until then, I'll continue to stand on my belief that T'Challa is one of the best Marvel characters. Not only that, but I'll shout it from the rooftops. Where did I put my megaphone?
T'CHALLA IS A HERO. WHAT A CINNAMON ROLL. TOO PURE.
(Also, he likes cats. Pass it on.)
SAYS THE FALCON.
Why do you like T'Challa?