T’Challa is the monarch of the technologically advanced African country Wakanda. When he became king, he also became leader of the Panther Clan, taking a magic herb that gave him superhuman and panther-like abilities. He is agile, fast, and has acute senses. He is also a genius, one of the eight smartest in the (Marvel Comics) world. He joined the Avengers to learn about the Western world (later revealed to be spying, looking for threats to his country), but he quickly became friends with his new allies.