Black Panther Only Got a Costume in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Because of Spider-Man

By April 18, 2016

Having seen the film, I think it’s safe to say that the Black Panther costume in Captain America: Civil War might honestly be one of the best superhero costumes we’ve ever seen onscreen. From the way that the character moves through the action sequences, to even the way that it looks in different environments, it’s one of the slickest and most faithful comic book to screen adaptations of a costume that I think I’ve seen so far.

Apparently, in the original version of the movie though, Civil War was never going to show the Black Panther costume or T’Challa in it, if it hadn’t been for the unpredictable nature between Marvel and Sony’s partnership to include Spider-Man in the film.

While recently speaking with CinemaBlend, one of the film’s screenwriters, Christopher Markus, revealed how Spider-Man’s involvement in the movie, affected whether or not Black Panther would make his costumed debut in Civil War:

“Originally, T’Challa and T’Chaka were just the representatives of Wakanda, sort of the voice of other countries in the world going, ‘You people are out of control,’ and then to be aggrieved by possible Bucky actions. Frankly, just not have him be Black Panther yet. He’s getting his own movie, you know. He’s the prince of a country! That’s pretty good for a movie. Maybe we get to play with Spider-Man and all that. When things maybe looked like we weren’t going to get Spider-Man, it was like, ‘Let’s put the costume on that guy!’ And then he became so integral to the story as it evolved that once Spider-Man came back, we didn’t take him out. So, it was a problem that created a really nice situation.”

Boseman excels enough as both Black Panther and T’Challa, that I wouldn’t have necessarily minded only having him as a politician or Wakandan representative here. However, after seeing him fight some of the heroes in the movie as well, I think that like the screenwriters say above, the initial problem eventually led to one of the film’s most shining achievements. Considering that the movie manages to deliver faithful, spot on iterations of both Spider-Man and Black Panther too, it looks like we just ended up getting the best of both worlds.

Captain America: Civil War is set to hit theatres on May 6th.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable