Each Black Panther throughout the generations has consumed the herb once they gain their title, in order to gain enhanced abilities. It's surrounded by ceremonies involving Zuri's children that are partly spiritual, although not necessarily magic, in nature.
Behind the Scenes
- Director Ryan Coogler and producer Kevin Feige described the heart-shaped herb and its role in the film in an interview.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 “The Heart-Shaped Herb is how Black Panther achieves his powers. He can fight hand-to-hand with Cap, who’s a supersoldier, so he has super strength and heightened instincts that give him his enhanced abilities,” Coogler says. But not just anyone can partake of its powers. “The Heart-Shaped Herb is what Black Panthers over the generations would consume, once they earn the title, which gives them their physical edge.” - Black Panther trailer decoded: Secrets of the new Marvel movie
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 These children are part of Zuri's sacred ritual, creating something for the king from a plant unique to Wakanda. “People who read the comics would be familiar with the Heart-Shaped Herb and the ceremonies that surround that,” says Kevin Feige. “That’s partially spiritual. We certainly don’t call it magic, but there’s Vibranium that has been interwoven within that soil and that land for thousands of years, so there are other things going on with it.” - Black Panther trailer decoded: Secrets of the new Marvel movie