In every war, there are casualties, and the superhero conflict in Captain America: Civil War won’t be any different. However, while many characters did lose their lives in the original 2006 story, only one character death in the movie has been leaked so far. However, now another character will reportedly meet their end, and if this rumor is true, it will be a major blow to one of the film’s primary players.
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According to Heroic Hollywood, Black Panther’s father, T’Chaka, will bite the dust in Captain America: Civil War, although the outlet didn’t reveal how. Played by Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther, a.k.a. T’challa, will be one of the film’s main characters, acting as a third party affiliated neither with Iron Man or Captain America. Having just taken the Black Panther mantle from T’Chaka, he will be responding to what went down during Avengers: Age of Ultron, specifically a large supply of his country’s precious natural resource, Vibranium, being stolen. It’s worth noting that T’Chaka hasn’t been officially announced as a character in the film, though for all we know, Marvel already cast an actor in secret and filmed these scenes.
In the comics, T’Chaka, like his son, was the Chieftain of Wakanda, which also meant he served as the Black Panther. Schooled in magic at a young age, he wanted to preserve the "old ways," despite the country’s technological advancements. Because Wakanda didn’t have any formal ties with other countries, T’Chaka was eventually called before the U.N. to see if he would be amenable to trade deals. Unfortunately, he was murdered by Ulysses Klaw, leaving T’Chaka’s brother, S’yan, to take the throne until T’Challa came of age.
While comic book fans are already familiar with T’Chaka’s passing, the big question is how it will happen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ulysses Klaue made his MCU debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, and although his arm got sliced off by Ultron, it seems likely we’ll see him again in the future. However, Andy Serkis hasn’t been announced to appear in Captain America: Civil War, so it’s unclear whether he will kill T’Chaka in an effort to obtain more Vibranium or if someone else will be responsible. You can also bet that T’Chaka’s death will somehow play a role in Black Panther’s 2018 solo movie, either directly or just weighing heavily on T’Challa’s heart.
Captain America: Civil War hits theaters on May 6, 2016.