Everyone seems to be talking about how spectacular Spider-Man is in Captain America: Civil War, but Black Panther is seriously just as awesome, and he also has a much bigger part in the story that is being told.
After watching the movie, I wondered if the Black Panther solo film would go back and give us an origin story for the character, but it doesn’t sound like that’s what Marvel is going to do. It looks like Black Panther is just going to pick up from where Civil War ended with the character. During an interview with /Film, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige explained:
“We can [move forward from here]. We can deal with the aftereffects of Captain America: Civil War and going back to Wakanda, and he’s dealing with a geopolitical landscape that’s completely different now. That’ll certainly set him off in his own movie.”
I’m really happy that they are doing that. I thought the introduction of Black Panther in Civil War was perfectly executed. Maybe we’ll get some flashbacks in the solo film, but it sounds like the main story won’t involve his origin.
Black Panther has a very heavy and personal role in Civil War, and what he experiences is sure to drive what happens next to him. Feige talked a bit more about the character and laying the groundwork for his place in the MCU:
“When you’re dealing with that level of leadership, you’re constantly faced with these serious choices. Laying the groundwork for that morality over the course of this movie was important.”
When you see the film, that will make more sense to you, but I don’t want to spoil it for you here. There is a very intense pivotal moment in Civil War with Black Panther that shows us what kind of man he really is. Talking about director Ryan Coogler and his last film Creed, Feige said:
“Best movie of last year. Great. I think he’ll bring all of that [to the film]. He’s already been involved for a number of months now. We’ve been working with him on the story. He watched early cuts of this film, and he gave very good feedback about Black Panther. I just think he’s one of the best filmmakers today. Creed, I think, was my favorite movie last year.”
Not only is Coogler directing the film, but according to Collider, he’s co-writing it as well. When asked if there was a completed script for the film, Feige said:
“Very soon. We have a number of writers on it including Ryan Coogler, who is also directing, he’s working on the draft right now. Between now and the end of the summer there will be more casting announcements. We start filming at the very beginning of next year.”
Black Panther opens in theaters February 16th, 2018.