Marvel's first Phase 3 movie Captain America: Civil War hit theaters exactly one month ago today, and it has already become the top-grossing movie of the year. The superhero adventure has already earned $388.9 million domestically and $1.1 billion worldwide after just one month in theaters. This beloved movie served as an introduction to two iconic heroes in the MCU, Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther and Tom Holland's Spider-Man, but it seems that Black Panther almost had a much different look.
New concept art has surfaced through designer Jerad S. Marantz's Blogspot page, which showcases an early look at T'challa's iconic costume in Captain America: Civil War, which some already believe is the best Marvel movie yet. As you can see in the artwork below, the design is quite similar to the final costume, although there are still plenty of differences. For example, this artwork shows how the intricate lines on the suit help enhance his muscular physique, helping him look much more like an actual panther than a human in a superhero costume.
Chadwick Boseman will return with his stand alone Black Panther movie, which is scheduled for release on February 16, 2018. Ryan Coogler has recently come aboard to direct and rewrite the script originally written by Joe Robert Cole (American Crime Story). Production is scheduled to begin in early 2017, although nothing has been revealed about the story at this point. Fans did get their first look at T'challa's homeland of Wakanda in one of the post credit scenes of Captain America: Civil War.
Civil War is an action film that has already been praised by fans and critics alike, although we'll have to wait and see how much more Captain America 3 will make at the box office. It's still far behind Marvel's top-grossing movie, 2012's The Avengers, which earned $623.3 million domestically and $1.5 billion worldwide. While there's a chance it may surpass the worldwide mark, it seems unlikely that it will beat The Avengers' domestic take, which is the fifth highest of all time.
Very little has been revealed about Black Panther yet, and we don't know if the costume we saw in Captain America: Civil War will get an upgrade for the standalone movie. As of now, Chadwick Boseman is the only confirmed cast member, but hopefully we'll have more official casting announcements in the back half of this year. Lupita Nyong'o is currently in talks to play the female lead, and Michael B. Jordan is ready to sign on as the villain. While we wait for more on Black Panther, take a look at this concept art from Jerad S. Marantz below.