Even though Marvel will be absent from San Diego Comic-Con this year, that doesn’t mean we won’t be hearing news about their upcoming films. Granted, it won’t be the big news that we’re used to hearing around this time of year, but after the announcement of the Sony deal regarding Spider-Man, and last October’s announcements detailing Phase Three up to to 2019, the ship may have already sailed on big news.
One of the more interesting reveals of the Phase Three announcement in October was that Black Panther would be a part of Captain America: Civil War, before getting his own solo film in 2018, starring Chadwick Boseman. That brought up some interesting questions about what he would be doing in Civil War, and how far along he would be in his career.
Birth.Movies.Death. had a chance to ask Marvel President Kevin Feige that very question:
I don’t know how to answer that question without spoiling it! 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.
The reason we introduced him in Civil War is because we needed a third party. 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.
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. – Kevin Feige
While this doesn’t give huge insight into how Black Panther and Wakanda (his home country in Africa) fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it does give us one key point: T’Challa is alive. In the comics, he was assassinated by Ulysses Klaw, who is a character premiered in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and played by Andy Serkis. I think it’s safe to say that we will probably see T’Chaka’s demise in the solo film.
Captain America: Civil War will premiere in theaters May 6, 2016, with Black Panther debuting July 6, 2018.