T'Challa is heir to the centuries-old ruling dynasty of the African kingdom Wakanda and ritual leader of its Panther Clan. During the early days of the Mutant-Human War, Wakanda did its best to remain neutral; however, due to Wakanda's congenial relations with the United States, some mutants took it upon themselves to make a statement by attacking the Wakandan Royal Family. During one such attempt, T'Challa was saved by a mutant girl named Ororo. The two fell in love and T'Challa asked for her hand in marriage, but she declined.
In time, the Mutant-Human War ended and Magneto was victorious. T'Challa, now king of Wakanda, was taught by his father to think two steps ahead of enemies and three steps ahead of friends. Seeing the world's mutant population as a potential threat to Wakanda, T'Challa invited Magnus to his country. They established a treaty, but it is one neither man truly believes in. T'Challa is currently drumming up support for a possible coup attempt with other world leaders against Magneto. He knows it is not a matter of if, but rather when Magneto attacks him and his beloved country, Wakanda.