Armor King features an alternate costume which sees him become Black Panther in Tekken 7

Or is it Black Jaguar?

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • December 4, 2018 at 11:08 a.m. PST

Marvel's Black Panther quickly became one of the biggest commercial and critical success stories of 2018, so it's no surprise we're seeing more nods and references to the African King now... even if they aren't officially tied with Disney.

The titular hero made his fighting game debut last year as a DLC character in the ill-fated Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, but now his likeness has shown up in Tekken 7 by way of alternate costumes.

Armor King released yesterday, December 3, as one of the fighter's newest DLC characters, and the luchador's Dark Hero Suit additional costume pieces come together to make the fighting game veteran have more than just a passing resemblance to the Black Panther.

This Dark Hero Suit does feature designs that set it slightly apart from the comic book and film hero's Marvel cinematic universe design with the addition of a cape, shorter ears and Armor King's heterochromia, but the vast majority of his look from his head to his accents appear very similar to T'Challa's.

While both characters come from vastly different parts of the world, the choice to give the Tekken fighter a Black Panther reference actually has a bit of depth to it since a black panther can refer to a type of jaguar which is what Armor King wears as a mask for his head — Marvel's character is likely based on the African leopard, however.

Given that Bandai Namco does not have a partnership with Marvel that we know about, this Black Panther homage appears to be legally distinct enough to be included here without issue. You can take a look at the costume in the gallery below and see this Armor King in action in the video after the jump.

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video source: STK. Image source: RIZE | ASAP Marko.

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