The crown prince of Wakanda very nearly didn’t have a costume for his part in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, but all that changed when his role was expanded.
Chadwick Boseman who plays Black Panther has had his role made bigger and it is all thanks to Sony and ‘Spider-Man.’
As has been widely reported the inclusion of ‘Spider-Man’ in ‘Civil War’ was not a guarantee for awhile and as such Marvel Studios had to have a back up plan ready in case the deal with Sony fell through.
Civil War‘s screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely told ScreenRant that initially Black Panther’s role was going to be pretty minor – in fact, audiences weren’t even going to see Boseman in costume at all.
“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.”
Of course ‘Black Panther’ will get his own movie in 2018, which is to be directed by Ryan Coogler. That film will focus on how T’Challa, Prince of fictional African nation Wakanda, comes to be the all-powerful Black Panther when his father, T’Chaka the King, is treacherously killed.
You can see Boseman’s Black Panther debut in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, in cinemas April 29.