Anthony and Joe Russo's Captain America: Civil War follows the critically-acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will place Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) at odds, but there are two other reasons that fans are especially excited for the film: it will mark the debut of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's versions of Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and T'Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).
When Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced Phase 3's slate, there were plenty of developments that piqued fans' interest. From a Captain Marvel movie to a confirmation that the next set of Avengers movies are called Infinity War, Phase 3 is promising a lot of variety. An unexpected surprise was not only the reveal that Black Panther will receive his own movie (which has now been pushed from 2017 to 2018), but they also showed the hero's costume design. Now, photographers are giving fans a first look at the hero in action.
As Captain America: Civil War films in Berlin, Germany, Black Panther has finally made his debut. Boseman was previously seen on the set, but these pictures from the Daily Mail and ComingSoon (via CBM) mark the first time the costume has been spotted by the public. In the images, Black Panther (played here by Boseman's stunt double) is in a scene with Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier's (Sebastian Stan) stunt double.
Since they're getting ready for a stunt, the image doesn't provide more context about the scene. It can't be seen if they're fighting, chasing each other, or possibly even working together at that point. That said, Feige has stated that T'Challa will not take a side in the conflict between Captain America and Iron Man, and instead Black Panther's reportedly there to go after Bucky. A potential Captain America: Civil War spoiler could explain why Black Panther has set his sights on Winter Soldier. The images also reveal Captain America putting his impressive physicality to good use as he races along a building's ledge.
Set photos of Black Panther in Civil War! pic.twitter.com/Uu7mGGZesv
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The set photos may not be that flattering, but it's important to remember the costume seen in the image will look different on the big screen. That said, it does obviously look a lot like the concept design which was officially released, and a fair amount of fans agree that's a very cool look for Black Panther. Since vibranium - a fictional metal which Wakanda has plenty of - was on display in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it's safe to assume at least some part of Boseman's armor will be vibranium. Whether it's a vibranium weave to boost his durability - something that would be helpful if he's going to fight characters like Winter Soldier - or vibranium claws that'll allow him to cut through almost anything, the durable and absorbent metal is sure to play a role.
Given the Russo brothers' handling of action sequences in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, expectations are understandably high for Captain America: Civil War's physical conflicts between its multiple heroes and villains. Many fans are curious to see how the crowded narrative will be handled, but even if that doesn't live up to expectations, Winter Soldier proved the two directors sure know how to present some thrilling hand-to-hand battles and action scenes. Story will of course be a key element in Civil War, but knowing these skilled and powerful characters are in their hands means that impressive fight scenes with these heroes is more than likely. So, in their hands, seeing Black Panther and Spider-Man leap into action for the first time in the MCU certainly has a lot of promise.
Ant-Man is currently in theaters; Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther– July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and Inhumans – July 12, 2019.