Captain America must be pretty upset. His second film is one of the best superhero outings in recent memory, and his follow-up is garnering most of its interest because of Black Panther and Spider-Man. The two characters won’t have their origin stories explored in Captain America: Civil War. Instead audiences can expect to see them already deep into their respective roles as heroes.

But it wasn’t meant to be that way. According to screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the script was originally being written with more T’Challa and no Black Panther.

During the the film’s press day, Markus sat down with CinemaBlend and relayed the information.

“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.”


Black Panther costumed because of Spidey


What slowed this narrative progression to a halt was the confirmed inclusion of Spider-Man. As they were writing the script, before the deal between Sony and Marvel had been locked in place, Spidey played a part; however nothing was concrete. As a contingency plan, in case they didn’t get the webslinger, the writers gave T’challa his glorious costume.

“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.”

An excellent situation. Have you seen this guy in action?


Black Panther

Uh… thanks, Spider-Man!


The wait to see Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is getting increasingly shorter. Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6.


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