Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed in a recent interview why the character Black Panther/T’Challa appears in “Captain America: Civil War.” He said the Avengers, who will be divided between Captain America and Iron Man, need a third perspective.
"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,” Feige told Birth Movies Death.
Black Panther will be played by Chadwick Boseman, who has received acclaim for playing Jackie Robinson in "42" and James Brown in "Get On Up."
Feige added that T’Challa will be introduced as an inexperienced hero who will be shown taking the responsibilities of Black Panther from his father, T’Chaka. He will reside in the fictional African nation of Wakanda and will respond to the events of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Black Panther will reportedly leave Wakanda to fulfill the wish of his father and will protect people from evil.
“Today, pre-'Civil War,' post-'Ultron,' I think [Black Panther] 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 [Black Panther] in 'Civil War',” Feige said.
In the comics, Black Panther has Olympic-level strength, speed, agility, stamina and fast reflexes. His costume and equipment are made out of vibranium. The character first appeared in “Fantastic Four” No. 52, after he was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
“Captain America: Civil War” is being shot in metro Atlanta, with additional shooting in Puerto Rico, Germany and Iceland. Other cast members include Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Rudd. It opens May 6, 2016.