Where Will Black Panther Fall?

Arjun Sarai Arjun Sarai
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July 9th, 2015

Where Will Black Panther Fall?
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Black Panther's role in Marvel's upcoming Civil War is beginning to take shape.

There have been multiple debates since Marvel's huge Phase Three event, where they revealed their entire slate of movies stretching outward towards 2019.  There has been lots of speculation as to how each of these beloved characters - both old and new - would factor into the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In terms of all the new heroes that will be introduced in the MCU, the most popular discussions undoubtedly surround Black Panther, whose casting was revealed to be the talented and often underrated Chadwick Boseman (42, Draft Day, Get On Up).

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Since then we've witnessed The Avengers: Age of Ultron which more often than not served as a filler in the MCU, while also creating several new plots and story lines for the future. This brings us to Captain America: Civil War. The hype for Black Panther is unreal, from the creative and deep mythology - that may be unknown to those not familiar with the comics - to the much needed diversity and depth the character will surely bring to the MCU. Marvel has gained rapid popularity through mainstream success via their films, meaning they've gained so many new fans who don't read comics due to amazing production, promotions and unique storytelling to introduce their respected heroes. Some weren't as good as others, but nonetheless all of Marvel's films live up to a certain standard of film making, perhaps even setting a new standard in the film industry overall. With the bar constantly being raised by Marvel and Disney studios and the film yet to hire several cast and crew members, Black Panther should very well be a smash hit if the decisions made are spot on. What would help this? The King of Wakanda having a strong introduction to win over fans in Captain America: Civil War, the way characters such as The Vision and Scartlet Witch did in Age of Ultron.

Now without a doubt the question that's been raging through the minds of fans worldwide is - "Whose side is Black Panther on?"

The answer is actually quite simple. Nobody's. Yes, while most of the superheroes in Captain America: Civil War will be taking sides with either Iron Man or Captain America, Black Panther will remain neutral in regards to the registration conflict that will serve as the blade that splits The Avengers in half.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige stated that Black Panther - known by name as T'Challa, will be a third party in the Civil War, and will focus more on the benefits and interests that concern him and his country: Wakanda.

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Feige spoke to SuperHeroHype on the matter. "It always depends on how the timing works out. It depends on what stories we want to tell. In the case of Civil War, we needed a third party, we needed a character who wasn't on either Captain America or Iron Man's side, which is why we went, 'You know what? We're doing a Black Panther movie, but it would actually be smart to have him fill this role we need in Civil War and introduce him here first.' So it always just depends on the story and the way we want to tell the story."

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This is certainly an intriguing dynamic being brought into the MCU, as the Wakandans are a very technologically advanced group of people, yet keep to themselves and don't really get involved in matters of the outside world. Vibranium, the materal Captain America's shield is composed of, is the country's most valuable resource and one individuals around the world would do anything to get their hands on. For the most part they've safeguarded it well, until Ultron got his hands on an entire ship of it and began to take full control, launching a massive attack on Sokovia, where Quiksilver and Scarlet Witch are from. This could be a factor that leads to Black Panther's hand being forced into entering the larger conflict at hand.

"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," Feige explained to Birth.Movies.Death.

Regardless of his potential motives, what do you think of Black Panther's independence in the Civil War? Let us know in the comments below.

While Captain America: Civil War hits theatres on May 6, 2016, the Black Panther solo film is set to release on July 6, 2018.

 

Arjun Sarai is a writer for ComiConverse. He can be followed on Twitter: @arjunSarai_

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