One of the biggest superhero movies coming out in 2016 is Captain America: Civil War. Not only because it will feature a showdown between Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), but also because it will feature multiple superheroes from Marvel Studios films past while serving as the launchpad for the introduce of several new superheroes in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It’s almost as if Civil War is Avengers 2.5 than Captain America 3, but rest assured that the upcoming film will feature Captain America as its lead, as he will be on the run from the U.S. Government. The new superhero movie will also introduce key new characters to the MCU, including Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) who will be playing a prominent role in Phase Three (which will include his own solo movie), as royalty from the fictional African nation Wakanda.
In an interview with CBR, Anthony Mackie, who plays Sam Wilson/Falcon in the MCU, talked about how excited that his good friend Chadwick Boseman will make his debut in Marvel’s shared universe with Captain America: Civil War. Mackie admitted:
“I’ve known Chad for a long time. I was very happy when I heard he got cast as Black Panther, because I knew he’d do the work to bring that character to life. It’s not so much about two black actors being in a movie at the same time. It’s more so about the right black actor getting that role to do the work to make it timeless, and Chadwick is that guy.”
Marvel is doing something right when it comes to filling their movies with talent because Chadwick Boseman is (arguably) a great fit for Black Panther, like Mackie says. Boseman had his breakout role as Jackie Robinson in the baseball biopic 42 in 2013, while he also turned in an underrated performance as James Brown in the music biopic Get On Up last year. It’s going to be really exciting to see him bring Black Panther to life on the big screen in Captain America: Civil War and as the star of his own movie set for February 2018.
Mackie also playfully talked about Ant-Man with CBR and a possible reunion in the upcoming Captain America sequel. “I’m waiting on my rematch!,” joked Mackie.
Captain America: Civil War will be release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.