'Captain America: Civil War': Black Panther Refuses to Pick Sides

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"We needed fresh eyes who wasn’t embedded with the Avengers," says Kevin Feige.

Next year's Captain America: Civil War might bring Marvel's heroes to blows with each other, but don't expect newcomer Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) to pick a side.

According to an interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the new hero was added to the movie with the express intent that he stand apart from the existing Marvel superhero line-up. "The reason we introduced him in 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," Feige told Birth Movies Death. "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."

The character's debut will also follow up on threads from this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Feige hinted, with the hero — who hails from Wakanda, the African nation where Ultron found his Vibranium in the superhero team-up movie — trying to deal with recent events.

"Today, pre-Civil War, post-Ultron I think [the Black Panther] and his father are saying, ‘A bunch of vibranium just got out of here and wreaked a lot of havoc. Maybe we can’t stay behind these borders anymore, maybe we have to stick our heads out and make at least an attempt to be a part of the rest of the world right now, while at the same time protecting our people.’ That’s sort of where we meet him in Civil War."

Starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., Captain America: Civil War will be released May 6, 2016.