Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has been traveling recently as part of Marvel’s press tour for their upcoming Ant-Man film. Feige spoke to Birth.Movies.Death not only about the role Ant-Man will have in future MCU movies, but he also discussed the role that T’Challa aka Black Panther will play in the highly anticipated Captain America: Civil War, due out next year.
“It is a role that he is still in the beginning phases of taking on, it’s a mantle he is only beginning to take on because his father is older,” says Feige of the transfer of the traditional Black Panther role from T’Challa’s father T’Chaka. “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 than either Tony or Steve. We said, ‘We need somebody like Black Panther… why don’t we just use Black Panther?’ That’s how it went in the development process.”
Wakanda was mentioned in this year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron film and one of its most precious resources, Vibranium, played a big role in the film. Feige also spoke on how the events of Age of Ultron influenced Black Panther into finally involving himself in world affairs.
“Today, pre-‘Civil War,’ post-‘Ultron’ I think he 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 him in ‘Civil War.’”
Black Panther will make his debut next year in Captain America: Civil War, premiering in theaters on July 6.