– by Joseph Jammer Medina

In this year’s Captain America: Civil War, we were introduced to Black Panther, a superhero who serves as protector of Wakanda (not to mention King of Wakanda). Despite his relatively dour attitude — especially when compared to the rest of the Avengers — he was an instant hit with fans. The character was even a hit with those unfamiliar with the the comic books, and many became more interested in the mythology behind the character.

Just how much we’ll be getting in terms of backstory and Wakandan mythology in the upcoming Black Panther film remains to be seen, but there is one particular question some have had from Civil War. If you noticed, in the film, there was a real focus on the ring that the former king T’Chaka wore before he was killed. Following his death, we saw T’Challa fiddling with the ring before putting it on.

We then saw T’Challa take on the Winter Soldier, where it looked like, at the very least, his ring had some sort of magnetic abilities.

This led one fan to go to the question website Quora to ask other fans (presumably fans with more knowledge of the source material) if the ring had any special magical abilities. The fan was answered by the unlikeliest of sources: one of the co-directors, Anthony Russo, who had the following to say about the ring:

“Black Panther’s ring is special to him because it was worn by his father, the king. When he puts it on for the first time in Civil War, it’s symbolic of him taking on his father’s role. As for it’s [sic] powers, we will all have to wait for the Black Panther movie.”

Last week, actor Chadwick Boseman stated that the film would focus on the hero’s origin, and went so far as to bring up the generations of Black Panthers throughout history. Given that the ring is a symbol of the king, it may be used as a narrative device to delve into the history of these previous Black Panthers.

Do you think the ring is anything more than a piece of royal memorabilia? Let us know in the comments down below!


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.