Promotion is up and running for the next Marvel Cinematic Universe outing – Ant-Man, of course – but while those reporters have access to the likes of Marvel boss Kevin Feige, questions about other MCU projects are inevitable. And none more so right now than the hugely-anticipated Captain America: Civil War.
This has led to Feige letting out a little information on characters that we will (and may not) see appear in Civil War; Hulk and the next big addition to the superhero roster, Black Panther.
Talking to BirthMoviesDeath, Feige revealed how Black Panther came to be included in the Cap 3 plans.
“The reason we introduced him in Captain America: Civil War is because we needed a third party. We needed fresh eyes who wasn’t embedded with the Avengers and who has a very different point of view than either Tony or Steve.”
“We said, ‘We need somebody like Black Panther… why don’t we just use Black Panther?’ That’s how it went in the development process.”
Feige also admitted that Civil War will see Chadwick Boseman’s character T’Challa in the early stages of the Black Panther character.
“It is a role that he is still in the beginning phases of taking on. It’s a mantle he is only beginning to take on because his father is older.”
In a separate interview with iO9, Feige briefly commented on – and seemed to downplay – any part that The Hulk may play, following ongoing speculation over Mark Ruffalo’s participation in the film.
“Hulk is not a primary part of Civil War. He may not be a part at all.”
Civil War will feature Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan), Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner), Don Cheadle and Paul Rudd.
It is due to be released in the UK on 29 April 2016, with the North American release coming on 6 May 2016.