Captain America: Civil War ruled the 2016 early summer box office making over $1.1 billion worldwide. The film, directed by the Russo brothers (Captain America: Winter Solider), is one of the most impressive superhero ensemble films so far, pitting both new and familiar Marvel characters against each other in one massive philosophical and physical battle. While the outcome of Civil War ultimately changed the dynamic of The Avengers that we have been familiar with since the first Iron Man was released in 2008, the film also successfully introduced new comic-book favorites into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The fiercest of those new faces was Black Panther (a.k.a. T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman), the powerful King of the technologically advanced African nation, Wakanda. As a welcomed addition to the MCU, Black Panther is getting his own highly anticipated solo debut (directed by Creed’s Ryan Coogler) due to release in early 2018. We first met Black Panther in his full costume, made of impenetrable vibrainium, the worlds’ strongest metal, on a rooftop as he chases down The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) in Civil War. Even though The Winter Solider was in serious danger, it was one of the most exciting superhero introductions we’ve seen.
But the look of Black Panther went through several iterations before the filmmakers settled on the finale design. Captain America: Civil War concept artist Andy Park recently revealed his early costume design for the character, giving fans a glimpse at a much different suit. Park describes this version as “more tribal” with exaggerated lines that enhance Black Panther’s muscular tone, piercing yellow eyes (as seen in some comic-book depictions), and a more elaborate chest piece.
Have a look at Black Panther’s early concept costume below (via Twitter):
The concept art gives us a look at an alternate suit that may look more powerful due to every single vein and muscle being lined, but it also seems a bit too distracting compared to the final costume. The question remains if Black Panther’s suit will stay the same for his upcoming solo adventure or if we will see any costume upgrades. If we do see any changes to his original costume, expect them to be subtle considering fans and critics alike we rather impressed with his smooth, clean, style in Civil War.
Given that most franchise regulars Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Vision (Paul Bettany) have had costume upgrades in each MCU film, it’s entirely possible that we’ll see a brand new Black Panther suit at some point. One thing is for sure: whatever Black Panther wears will stick close to his comic-book roots.
Doctor Strange opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.