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Becoming a beast

in the spirit of the new Marvels Black Panther film, I'd like to share an article with you.

The movie has a surprising medieval connection. Humans with the heightened senses and enhanced strength and agility of animals have become a staple feature of the comic book genre. But what makes Black Panther different from Spiderman or Wolverine is that his abilities are not the result of genetic mutation or technological augmentation.

In medieval times the most famous example of humans with the skins of beasts is the werewolf.

What all this shows is that humans with the abilities of animals are certainly not an idea first invented in comic books. But like Black Panther, these medieval stories are about a fusion of human and animal characteristics rather than strict hybridity – highlighting the potential advantages of becoming beast.