Fans are excited about the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, where the MCU versions of both Spider-Man and Black Panther will make their debut. Black Panther in particular has been featured in a number of trailers and promotional materials for the film, proving himself a match for most if not all of the heroes that have been introduced in the MCU thus far.
Originally, Black Panther’s role in Civil War was going to be drastically different. The writers of the film recently revealed that the original plan was to not have him suit up at all — but this was changed by everyone’s friendly neighborhood wall-crawler.
Speaking to CinemaBlend, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely explained that Black Panther was originally just supposed to appear in his uncostumed identity, Prince T’Challa of Wakanda. He and his father King T’Chaka were key players in the film’s plot, but T’Challa wouldn’t put on the Black Panther suit until the solo Black Panther movie in 2018. As Markus explained:
“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.”