Marvel's Avengers has lofty plans for post-launch support, with all of its upcoming heroes and missions being released for free to all players (other than Spider-Man, who will be a PlayStation exclusive).
While Kate Bishop and Clint Barton form the initial two-character drops as two versions of Hawkeye, it looks as though King T'Challa is up next.
Here's everything we know about the Wakandan ruler's appearance in Square Enix's universe, with the character allegedly being portrayed by Christopher Judge – better known as Kratos in the 2018 God of War reboot.
We'll be adding to this as we hear more.
Kratos Actor Voicing Black Panther - July 15
God of War's Christopher Judge (BOY!) will voice Black Panther in Marvel's Avengers.
New Developer Blog - July 12
According to a new developer blog, the Wakanda region we'll be exploring in the expansion will feature plenty of secrets to uncover, including puzzles, comic-book references, and rewards.
Find out more here.
It appears that Square Enix's plans have been thrown into disarray by the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, the actor that portrayed the hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to the latest trailer, Black Panther will be available in August 2021.
Here's the official description for Marvel's Avengers Expansion: Black Panther - War for Wakanda.
"Black Panther must defend Wakanda from Klaw, who seeks to steal Vibranium for his own desires."
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, it was revealed that the events of A-Day led to Wakanda closing its borders, and that Black Panther is drawn into the fight due to Ulysses Klaw's attempt to steal Vibranium for George Tarleton (MODOK).
Unfortunately, we can only speculate about T'Challa's abilities, but expect him to be focused on close-range combat.
Black Panther is an expert martial artist with excellent reflexes and incredible agility, so we'd expect him to be able to deal plenty of damage – and take a fair bit of punishment, too, thanks to his vibranium suit.
One question we have is how he'll move around levels. While Iron Man and Thor can fly, Hulk can leap long distances, and Ms Marvel and Black Widow can grapple to surfaces, we'd expect Black Panther to be able to wall-run or similar like Captain America can.
Check out our best look so far at King T'Challa below.
Seven DLC Characters Leak – February 23
It sounds as though Marvel's Avengers next seven DLC characters have leaked in order, according to dataminer Miller.
- Clint Barton (Hawkeye)
- Peter Parker (Spider-Man)
- King T’Challa (Black Panther)
- Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk)
- Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier)
- Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel)
- James Rhodes (War Machine)
That suggests Black Panther and Spider-Man have likely switched places.