What happened between Zemo and King T’chaka?

The MCU has grown exponentially both in terms of overall plot and characters over the last decade. Now that fans are entering the slightly delayed Phase 4, it has become imperative to understand the different character arcs and background stories for each one of them. Understandably, rookie fans may not be able to draw the connections unless they have binged every single show and movie in the MCU, but do not fret, you can always catch up with a bit of light reading. While the fourth episode of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier ended on a really intense note, it’s some of the scenes that occurred during the span of the episode which you may be wondering about, like what happened between Zemo and King T’chaka. So here’s everything you need to know about what happened between them and how it’s connected to the show.

*Spoilers From This Point Forward*

Zemo and King T’chaka reference in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

The sudden entry of the Dora Milaje at the end of episode 3/ beginning of episode 4, though not exactly expected, was not entirely surprising either. Ayo (played by Florence Kasumba) meets Bucky in Latvia as he and The Falcon chase the lead on Mama Donya. It is at this point that she informs him that Zemo is on a time limit of eight hours and that he better finish whatever business he has with Zemo before then. It was basically a courtesy visit since she and Bucky had formed a kind of friendship from when he had spent time in Wakanda. It was Ayo who helped him overcome the brainwashing become as normal as normal can get for a super-soldier. So why was Ayo after Helmut Zemo?

Here’s what happened between Zemo and King T’chaka

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There has never been nor will there ever be a direct confrontation between Zemo and King T’chaka. Back in Captain America: Civil War, Zemo bombed the venue for the signing of the Sokovia Accords, a new agreement to increase both accountability and surveillance of enhanced individuals. King T’chaka died in the bombing and thought initially, Zemo framed Bucky for the bombing, it comes to light that it was Zemo himself who was responsible. Consequently, he becomes a permanent name on the Wakandan hitlist and ends up in the Berlin Correctional Facility.

Unsurprisingly, the Wakandans come to know of Zemo’s escape and Ayo turns up in Latvia with an intention to end Zemo for good. It should not come as a surprise that elite Dora Milaje warriors are chasing Zemo for the death of their beloved king.


The pace of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has definitely picked up in the fourth episode, however, in typical Marvel nature, we’re witnessing the emotional unraveling before the undoing of the plot. As John Walker faces the consequences of his actions and Karli Morgenthau prepares for her reckoning with The Power Broker, there is nothing left to do but wait for the last two episodes of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.

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