When Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters next month, we will get to meet two new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that will each be getting their own stand-alone films in the future, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland), both of which are a welcome addition to the universe Marvel has crafted so far. However, when putting together the script for Civil War, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely had to adapt the story that they were creating to match the ability of Marvel Studios to use the characters that were available. This ultimately limited their confidence in the ability to incorporate Spider-Man at the time.
Of course, we now know that Spider-Man does appear in Civil War, the result of an agreement between Sony Pictures (who owns his cinematic rights) and Marvel Studios (who owns the MCU). But getting to this agreement, and the speed-bumps along the way to its formation, kept the screenwriters for Captain America: Civil War from including him as much as they originally intended. But this proved to be a good thing in the end as this led to a larger involvement from the Black Panther. The writers explained this evolution to Comic Book Resources.
“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,” Markus explained. “He’s getting his own movie, you know. He’s the prince of a country! That’s pretty good for a movie. 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.”
From the positive reviews that have been coming out for Captain America: Civil War, it appears that all of the changes ended in something fantastic. We will all get a chance to see the Black Panther and Spider-Man in action when Captain America: Civil War premieres on May 6.
Source: Comic Book Resources