In Black Panther (2018), the following event happens

After ingesting the heart-shaped herb, Killmonger orders the garden to be burnt, leading to all the herbs getting destroyed except one. That one is consumed by T'Challa. Hence, as far as what we know, no heart-shaped herb is left. And no other way of gaining Black Panther's powers is shown in the movie.

Given that, has there ever been any mention in the comic universe of an alternative way of becoming a Black Panther?

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    Dupe: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/181753/… and therefore should be closed as per FWP.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 13:42
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    Please search before asking questions.
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 13:47
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    Are you asking if 1) The herb is the only way to become the Black Panther? 2) The herb can be regrown again? 3) If there will be any more Black Panther's after T'Challa? Also closing as opinion based is for questions which violate the Future works policy.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 13:57
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    Not even people's deaths are permanent in the Marvel universe. Why should this be permanent? They will pull another herb or something similar out of someones behind if they need it for the next dozen movies. The other answer has a comment that in the comics, the herb seems to have never been destroyed, so the answer to that is "We don't know.". Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 14:11
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    @AdityaPratapSingh - In that case, I have edited your question to make that more clear.
    – JohnP
    Commented Mar 1, 2018 at 14:44

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Erik Killmonger's plan went somewhat differently in the comics. He never destroyed the herb gardens, so the Black Panther legacy was never put in jeopardy. However, there is an alternate way of gaining the Black Panther's powers.

In the comics, Killmonger settled in Wakanda and became an established citizen, then staged a coup while the Black Panther was away on an Avengers mission and ate the Heart-Shaped Herb in order to gain the Black Panther's powers. However, since he wasn't a member of the royal bloodline, his body rejected the herb. He never had the opportunity to destroy the gardens because, well, he went into a coma.

After his recovery, he eventually developed a synthetic version of the herb. This might be the solution they go with in the MCU. T'Challa's sister Suri at one point eats the herb herself, so it wouldn't be surprising if, in the movies, it's she who develops the synthetic.

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    Or, possibly, there's another smaller herb garden, perhaps a nursery, that they conveniently neglected to mention to Killmonger. It's somewhat difficult to eliminate every single sample of any plant - they can rebuild with one or two. Commented Jun 5, 2018 at 15:04
  • I didn't recall Suri eating it, though, good catch.
    – Paul
    Commented Jun 5, 2018 at 16:07
  • @VBartilucci That's definitely a possibility, but it's unrelated to OP's question. Commented Jun 5, 2018 at 20:59

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