It is now available in Disney Plus the second episode of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the new series of the Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe which follows Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes after the events of Avengers: Endgame. As usual, the series includes various winks and references to the Marvel comics on which they are based and in this new episode we find a new nod to White Wolf.
Those of you who keep up to date with the UCM will remember that in the post credits scene of Black Panther this character was referred to, and those who did not, in this new episode of the series Falcon and the Winter Soldier They have been able to see how it is said that Bucky received the nickname of the White Wolf during his stay in Wakanda. But who is that White Wolf in the marvel comics?
For those unfamiliar with the history of comics, White Wolf is not Bucky Barnes, but a man named Hunter which first appeared in issue 4 of Black Panther. He was the sole survivor of a plane crash near the Wakanda border, being taken in by king T’Chaka and raising him as if he were his own child.
However, Hunter’s world would change forever when T’Chaka’s other son was born, T’Challa (better known as Black Panther). Realizing that he was no longer in line to succeed the throne, Hunter challenged his jealousy and frustration of being perceived as an outsider to become the ideal citizen of Wakanda. He trained his body and mind to perfection and was rewarded by becoming the head of Hatut Zeraze, Wakanda’s secret police force known as the White Wolf.
His animosity with his brother T’Challa continued when Black panther he became king of Wakanda and disbanded the Hatut Zeraze, citing their ruthless brutality for not fitting in the direction he wanted to take in the country. The exiled hunter and his followers would find employment as mercenaries, and Hunter would come into conflict with T’Challa more than once over the years.
So far this brief review on who is White Wolf in Marvel comics. Will we end up seeing Bucky take on that White Wolf identity in the upcoming Black Panther 2? Time will tell.