The Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally unearthing the rich mythologies within the franchise and various gods are getting introduced such as the deities from the Egyptian lore in Moon Knight, and from the Norse and Greek in Thor: Love and Thunder. A notable one is, of course, Bast, in Black Panther but how is he connected to the others?
How is Black Panther's Bast Connected to Moon Knight and Thor: Love and Thunder?
These three titles are interconnected for a reason: the gods and deities in their mythos. There is Moon Knight with the Egyptian gods such as the Ennead council, Khonshu, and Ammit, in Thor: Love and Thunder, the Norse gods and coming in are the Greek deities such as Zeus who is about to make his debut in the film, and in Black Panther, there is Bast, the Panther god, and Sekhmet.
Bast, in Black Panther, is the goddess that ushers the dead on their way to the astral plane. T’Challa referred to Bast and Sekhmet, the solar deity, as the gods that lead you into a “green veld” after death. How are they connected to the Egyptian lore? Well, to start, Sekhmet is mostly associated to Hathor and Bastet, and Hathor’s avatar recently made an appearance in Episode 3 of Moon Knight, confirming the deity’s existence in the MCU.
In the comics, Bast is considered as one of the first members of the Ennead council and Bashenga, the first Black Panther, was her first avatar. The Wakandan tribes worshipped Bast to this day and the Panther God dates back as far as 10,000 B.C. In Moon Knight, it has been explained that the gods have their avatars and for Bast, it is the one who receives the heart-shaped herb, the one chosen as the Black Panther.
With Gorr, the God-Butcher, coming into the MCU in Thor: Love and Thunder, all the gods are in danger considering that he is on a vengeance spree to kill as many gods as he can after his family died. This does not only concern the Norse gods like Thor himself or the Greek gods that are about to debut in the MCU, this includes all other gods such as those in the Ennead council and even Bast.