Back in October, when Marvel revealed their full Phase Three slate, the studio announced that Chadwick Boseman is playing Black Panther, who will make his debut in Captain America: Civil War before his stand alone Black Panther movie arrives in 2018. Aside from the confirmation of Black Panther appearing in Captain America: Civil War, there is very little we know about how this character fits into this sprawling story, which sets the stage for Marvel's nine-movie Phase Three slate. Today we have an unconfirmed report that reveals Black Panther will actually be hunting down The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).
We know that Captain America (Chris Evans) and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) have both been searching for The Winter Soldier, with Falcon briefly mentioning the "missing persons case" he's working on in the Avengers Tower party scene in Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's possible that Black Panther, Cap and Falcon first cross paths while trying to locate The Winter Soldier, and this could be the start of an antagonistic relationship that leads to T'challa joining forces with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). But we don't know that for certain. We do know that Black Panther will have to choose team, since the story revolves around Cap and Iron Man on opposite sides of the Superhero Registration Act, which forces those with super powers to register themselves with the government, to become part of a global police force.
It's worth noting that, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it is hinted that The Winter Soldier may have been programmed to kill Tony Stark's parents, so there could be some common ground between Tony and T'challa that may lead to them joining forces. It's also possible that The Winter Soldier will come to Black Panther's homeland of Wakanda in search for vibranium upgrades for his Winter Soldier suit, which may also be how Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) comes into play. But that character hasn't been confirmed to appear in Captain America: Civil War yet. In addition, we also have a fight rehearsal video from the Captain America: Civil War set, which appears to show Black Panther's fighting style. What do you think about Black Panther trying to hunt down The Winter Soldier in Captain America: Civil War? Chime in with your theories below, and stay tuned for more as Captain America: Civil War continues production in Atlanta.