A LOT of people are beginning to get very excited for ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ which is set to come out in just a few weeks. One of the biggest reasons fans have to be excited is that the film will introduce two key and beloved characters to the MCU, namely Spider-Man and the Black Panther. And while Spider-man has already had a number of big-screen adaptations, this will be the first live-action incarnation of the Black Panther character, and I, for one, am stoked to finally see him up on the big-screen, standing beside his fellow Avengers.
Recently it has been discussed how the Black Panther almost did not make it into the film in his costume, as T’Challa might have just been a character in the U.N. promoting the Sokovia Accords with his father, and not actually suit up in the film. Fortunately, because the Spider-Man deal was still being finalized and the creative team had to make contingency plans, they decided to make Black Panther a more integral part of the story, and even after the Spidey deal went through, they realized they could have their cake and eat it too. According to screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely during a recent press-day for the film in Los Angeles:
“Originally, T’Challa and T’Chaka were just the representatives of Wakanda, sort of the voice of other countries in the world going, ‘You people are out of control,’ and then to be aggrieved by possible Bucky actions. Frankly, just not have him be Black Panther yet. He’s getting his own movie, you know. He’s the prince of a country! That’s pretty good for a movie. Maybe we get to play with Spider-Man and all that. When things maybe looked like we weren’t going to get Spider-Man, it was like, ‘Let’s put the costume on that guy!’ And then he became so integral to the story as it evolved that once Spider-Man came back, we didn’t take him out. So, it was a problem that created a really nice situation.”
I know I would have been disappointed to see T’Challa and not have him suit up during the film, so I am very pleased that things worked out this way. What are your thoughts on the Black Panther’s inclusion into the storyline? Is he a character you have been waiting to see? Share your opinions in the comments below!