Can you help me with something?
I've understood over the years that T'Challa's enhanced abilities came from ingesting the special heart shaped herb in Wakanda. Also, I understand that T'Challa lost these enhanced abilities at some point after Doom nearly killed him. Did he lose the abilities b/c of the near death experience or b/c he chose to follow utilitize the powers of another Wakandian deity just before DOOMWAR started? T'Challa has been near death before, so the latter seems to be the likely answer. However, I haven't found any definitive statement as to exactly WHY he lost his abilities in the first place.
(Which brings me to another question)
Did T'Challa have to eat the herb only one time to gain his abilities or is it a periodic ingestation? Until I've become a big BP fan recently, I've always presumed over the years that it was just a one time deal.
The backdrop for the BP: Man without fear clearly sets up the framework that T'Challa no longer has access to the the herb. So, it implies to me that he'll regain his abilities whenever he simply eats the herb again. But, since he lost his abilties, will simply eating it again make things right... or is something else required? Maybe he has to make things right with Bast. (Yeah...I'm optimisitic that Bast *somehow* survived Chaos War: God Squd)
At some point in the future, T'Challa will be re-established as BP. He'll have to do two things. First, he has to defeat whomever is the current BP (who knows... by then, someone nefarious may have assumed the title and T'Challa has to reclaim it to make things right). Secondly, he'll have to eat the herb again. So the answers to those previous questions... to me... factors in to this point.
My understanding is that the herb has to be eaten periodically in order for its effects on the eater's physiology to continue. However, only the sitting Black Panther -- presently Shuri -- is normally allowed to partake. There have been exceptions, though. Kaspar Cole for example, al though I think he was given it by T'Challa's half brother Hunter who wasn't one to always adhere to the customs. My guess is that without partaking of the herb on a regular basis because of losing the throne, its effects on T'Challa wore off.