Namor, The Wakandan castle grounds, dead Atlanteans, creatures, water and damage. The abandoned Quinncarrier.
Black Panther has stayed. He stands in the middle of the madness. Looking up to them. Standing up to them. Shaming them with his selfless leadership.
---AvX #7 script.
All the Avengers ran away, T'challa stood there like what?
Here, we see T'Challa distract Namor. Now, I know the two couldn't go toe-to-toe physically, but the enchantment the goddess Bast worked on T'challa in a recent issue of "Fantastic Four" has me curious. Just how powerful is he, now?
Exactly what that means is more of a question for another day. Clearly, that story coming out when it did, and the fact that Jonathan Hickman hinted at the events of AVX in that story, has a relevance and bearing here. In terms, though, of exactly what T'Challa is capable of now from a power and ability standpoint is something that will be explored in much greater depth in the months ahead.
For right here and right now, much like any of the other Avenger, I think the Black Panther, even a souped-up version, is not going to be the equal of a Phoenix-amped
What about in a battle of wits? T'Challa was always one of the most cunning individuals in the Marvel Universe, and the enchantment in "Fantastic Four" seemed to suggest that he can now call on the wisdom of all the Black Panthers that came before him.
Certainly the Panther's stock in trade is his cunning and foresight; his ability to be six or seven moves ahead of his opponents and have contingencies in place to deal with whatever circumstances might arise. So I think on that level, particularly, he's savvier and a more controlled fighter; a more precise opponent than Namor, who for all his good qualities tends to react based on passion, anger and physical prowess. There doesn't tend to be a whole lot of strategy to what Namor does, even on a day when he's not sort of juiced up by having the Phoenix burning inside of him.
In essence, the Namor that's in the story is a character with all sort of subtlety burned away from him. It's a pure essence of the character who's very much ruled by heart and passion and fire, whereas the Panther is more cold and analytical and thoughtful. He wins fights with his mind even more so than his body.
Lots of Panther stuff lately! I love that his upgrade is something they are treating as important. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=40198