How the Spider-Man Deal Changed Black Panther's Role in Captain America: Civil War

Monday, 18 April 2016 - 10:53AM
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Monday, 18 April 2016 - 10:53AM
How the Spider-Man Deal Changed Black Panther's Role in Captain America: Civil War
As fans of the comics know, Spider-Man plays a pivotal role in Civil War, so a lot was riding on Marvel and Sony finalizing their deal to share the character. But before that happened, it seemed like Black Panther was taking on a similar role, especially considering his rumored conflicted loyalties. So how did Spider-Man's return affect Black Panther's characterization in Captain America: Civil War?

According to co-wrier Christopher Markus, Civil War was going to be more of an origin story (or pre-origin story) for Black Panther, until he and Stephen McFeely started planning for the possibility that Spider-Man wouldn't return. Markus told Cinema Blend:
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"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."
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Judging from the critics' reactions to Civil War, and particularly to the Black Panther character, this seems like a happy accident. While it might have been interesting to see T'Challa as just the Prince of Wakanda, it might have felt more like a cameo/Easter egg than a real introduction. This way, we get to see the Black Panther suit in all of its glory, plus this awesome-looking fight with Cap:



Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, while the Black Panther solo movie comes out on July 6, 2018.
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