Up until quite recently in the MCU timeline, the closest we’ve come to the elusive vibranium is through Cap’s trusty and impenetrable shield. That all changed with the arrival of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which not only teased the introduction of Wakanda but also its rightful prince, Black Panther.
Primed to make his debut in next month’s Captain America: Civil War, a new image emerging from Joe and Anthony Russo’s Instagram feed shows Chadwick Boseman’s agile superhero suited and booted as T’Challa.
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Simply “working out choreography for the dance scene” opposite Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes (AKA The Winter Soldier), the brawl looks to be part of a grander sequence involving both heroes, with Civil War‘s latest trailer teasing a motorcycle chase revolving around Bucky and his Wakandan nemesis.
Tom Holland’s show-stopping introduction notwithstanding, arguably one of the best shots in the film’s most recent snippet showcased Black Panther standing resolute against a spray of bullets, ostensibly shielded from most threats by his jet-black suit of armor.
Before the turn of the year, the Russo brothers spoke about the vibranium lining Black Panther’s get up, and why that makes him such a formidable opponent.
As far as the storytelling is concerned, the vibranium is a metal that is dynamic. It can change how it’s used. It’s not a liquid, but it has the ability to change shape and change form and still have its strength. I think there a lot of things about that in the mythology that I think has a lot of potential in terms of the storytelling…Vibranium is not your typical armor. It’s not just about being durable, it has the ability to absorb energy. It’s not just like you hit it and it doesn’t take it. It has the ability to absorb the attack of another person and repel or respond to that attack. That’s part of the power.
Captain America: Civil War is pegged to arrive on May 6.