It's been almost two years now since Marvel Studios announced their full Phase 3 slate, and Captain America: Civil War kicked it off earlier this year in fine form. The epic superhero smackdown was built as a culmination of the MCU's many franchises, but also acts as a vital connecting chapter to everything moving forward. Spider-Man is just one example of this, doing the unthinkable by bringing a Sony-owned movie property back into the fold. But another introduction came in the form of T'Challa a.k.a. Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up).
While Black Panther is set to get his own film in 2018, Marvel felt that T'Challa would be a useful voice in Civil War. As the prince of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, he stands as an outsider with his own agenda.
In a tease for the home video release of Civil War, Marvel Entertainment has dropped a featurette (see above) about the role Black Panther plays in the superhero conflict. Producer Kevin Feige discusses the character's usefulness as a set of "fresh eyes" that doesn't necessarily agree with, or even care about Captain America and Iron Man's takes in the conflict.
Boseman also discusses the odd simplicity with which he received the coveted role. Marvel has a stellar record on casting, and it seems like they were very confident in their choice for the role. Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man) describes Boseman as a, "smart, interesting, dynamic guy," and Scarlett Johannson (Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow) says, "His presence on set, I think, raises the stakes a bit for everybody." High praise from some of the biggest stars in film today!
The featurette does little to help with the wait for T'Challa's presumed next appearance in his solo film, but hopefully the home video release of Civil War will do the trick.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Black Panther and the pantheon of Marvel heroes.
Captain America: Civil War will be available on VOD September 2, 2016, and DVD and Blu-Ray on September 13, 2016; 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.
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