Powers: Able to shape-shift into a feline humanoid with superhuman strength and agility, as well as enhanced senses and retractable razor-sharp claws on his fingers and toes.
Bio: When a racist team of villains called the Soldiers of the Serpent attacked the T'Challa's friend N'kano (who was on a diplomatic mission for Wakanda in New York), the Avengers tried to save him. As the Serpents battled with the heroes of the Avengers, T'Challa's son T'Chaka charged into battle. While Mainframe tried to convince the youth to leave the battle, T'Chaka shape-shifted into a feral black were-cat called the "Coal Tiger". Coal Tiger's bestial abilities were able to turn the tide in the Avengers favor. He was offered membership with the team after the battle was won, but he declined, stating that he would be available to help if the needed him.
When all of the members of A-Next were captured by an evil version of A-next called The Revengers, Coal Tiger was one of the many heroes who came to free the captured superheroes. When the Avengers were freed and the Revengers were defeated, Coal Tiger finally agreed to join the team.
Notes: Prince T'Chaka II is the son of T'Challa, King of Wakanda and the superhero known as Black Panther.