When Marvel confirmed its Phase Three slate in October, producer Kevin Feige revealed that Chadwick Boseman is portraying Black Panther, and he will make his debut in Captain America: Civil War, which is currently shooting in Atlanta. Very little is known about how Black Panther fits into this massive story, which pits Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) against each other. But today we get new details from Kevin Feige, who is promoting Ant-Man. When asked if we will see Chadwick Boseman's T'challa as Black Panther right away in Captain America: Civil War, the producer had this to say.
"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."
In the comics, Black Panther is a title that gets handed down through the generations, with T'challa's father T'chaka currently reigning, but Birth.Movies.Death speculates that T'chaka could either retire and pass the Black Panther title along, or die, at some point during Captain America: Civil War. When asked why Black Panther gets introduced in this movie, Kevin Feige had this to say.
"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."
The producer adds that the MCU takes place in "real time," with Captain America: Civil War set after both Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Both T'challa and T'chaka realize that they can't stay hidden in Wakanda anymore.
"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."