BLACK PANTHER At Same Level As CAP & IRON MAN In CIVIL WAR Says FEIGE

Black Panther by Frank Cho
Credit: Marvel Comics
Black Panther official concept art
Black Panther official concept art
Credit: Marvel Studios

Spider-Man isn't the only hero debuting in 2016's Captain America: Civil War, and while the wall-crawler might be a teenage hero looking up to the Avengers, the other one isn't. In a new interview with BirthMoviesDeath, Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige revealed new details about Chadwick Boseman's debut as the Black Panther, from his position in the movie, the mantle of the Black Panther, and the answer the Wakandan king already has to the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

“The reason we introduced him in Captain America: Civil War is because we needed a third party," Feige revealed. "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.'"

According to Feige, Chadwick Boseman will be introduced in 2016's Captain America: Civil War as T'Challa, having only recently become Black Panther.

“It is a role that he is still in the beginning phases of taking on," Feige explained. "It’s a mantle he is only beginning to take on because his father is older.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron contained some hints to Wakanda from the usage of vibranium, and it's something that will spur T'Challa and his African kingdom to open their doors to the outside world.

"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."

Captain America: Civil War will be released May 26, 2016. Black Panther is scheduled for July 6, 2018.

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