It’s no secret that Captain America: Civil War will be where Marvel introduces Black Panther / T’Challa as played by Chadwick Boseman. His appearance will be more than just a cameo, however. Marvel Studios Producer Kevin Feige outlined the character’s role while on a press junket for Ant-Man.
Black Panther is part of a huge cast list for Captain America: Civil War that now also includes Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Amidst a film that is already as big as an Avengers outing, Directors Joe and Anthony Russo will be introducing a T’Challa that is still new to the role of Black Panther.
“It is a role that he is still in the beginning phases of taking on, it’s a mantle he is only beginning to take on because his father is older,” Feige told Birth Movies Death.
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This appears to confirm that the Black Panther movie will not be an origin story, since his origin story will essentially be happening in Captain America: Civil War. For the unfamiliar, Black Panther is both a king and a protector to the fictional African nation of Wakanda. The mantle is passed down from generation to generation, and the country itself is both scientifically advanced and insular. It has little to no contact with the outside world, but the theft of vibranium in Avengers: Age of Ultron may be what compels T’Challa and his father, T’Chaka, to go out into the world.
Black Panther’s non-involvement with the Marvel Cinematic Universe has another benefit, as Feige explains. “The reason we introduced him in Civil War is because we needed a third party,” he said. “We needed fresh eyes who wasn’t embedded with the Avengers and who has a very different point of view than either Tony or Steve. We said, ‘We need somebody like Black Panther… why don’t we just use Black Panther?’ That’s how it went in the development process.”
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Feige went on to provide the setup for Black Panther’s introduction to the MCU. Just as the schism between Captain America and Iron Man was setup in Avengers: Age of Ultron, so is T’Challa’s motivations.
“Today, pre-Civil War, post-Ultron I think he and his father are saying, ‘A bunch of vibranium just got out of here and wreaked a lot of havoc. Maybe we can’t stay behind these borders anymore, maybe we have to stick our heads out and make at least an attempt to be a part of the rest of the world right now, while at the same time protecting our people.’ That’s sort of where we meet him in Civil War,” the producer stated.
Captain America: Civil War is currently set for a May 6, 2016 release.
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