Captain America: Civil War – What Is Black Panther Doing on Tony Stark’s Team?

They told us he was neutral!

Captain America: Civil War just wrapped production and is a little less than a year away, but we’re already hearing news about Spider-Man’s involvement in the film along with potential allegiances for the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well, they’re rumors no more as we have official promo art that shows us exactly what the teams are.

Only… there’s a discrepancy.

Discrepancy, you say?

Indeed. You see, we’ve been told by the filmmakers that Black Panther would be a neutral party in the conflict between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. However, the promo art shows Black Panther standing among Tony’s team:

Tony team

Among the other little changes seem to be longer wavy hair for Black Widow, a special cannon for War Machine that looks like it shoots laser beams, and a better look at Iron Man’s new armor which seems to have a lot more glow-y bits.

So, what is Black Panther doing standing next to Tony?

There are two explanations. The first is that Black Panther starts out neutral and then joins Tony’s side (perhaps after Spider-Man defects?). The second is that Black Panther really is neutral and they just put him in the promo art because they needed a fifth guy. After all, it’s way too early to show off Spider-Man, who is heavily rumored to be on Tony’s team. This way, both teams look equal for the press.

Anything work noting on Captain America’s team?

Steve team

Yup. In a surprising but completely unsurprisingly addition, it seems Sharon Carter will be joining Steve’s side. Bucky “Winter Soldier” Barnes looks like he’s had a haircut and a shave, which is really a requisite when you become a good guy. Hawkeye has a new snazzy costume that looks blue instead of his uniform purple. And, it seems Falcon is getting a little remote controlled flying robot. It’ll be nice to see that in action.

Captain America’s costume seems pretty much the same from Age of Ultron, while Ant Man… is too small to be able to figure out any differences. Sorry, that’s just the way it is.

Why aren’t they showing Spider-Man in the promo art?

Bringing Spider-Man into the MCU is a huge deal that’s going to require a lot of PR work due to the fact the character is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. You want to introduce him at just the right time in just the right way… which probably isn’t some leaked promotional art. After all, the other characters have been around for a while, so this isn’t really a big deal for them.

Spider-Man will have his own unveiling. Just you wait and see. As to when that will happen… that’s a little harder to predict.


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