BySean Erickson, writer at Creators.co
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It's pretty safe to assume we'll be seeing some of Wakanda in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035). The trailers have given us glimpses of both Ulysses Klaw and what appears to be a Dora Milaje - both signs that Wakanda's finest resource, vibranium, will play a part in Avengers 2. Whether or not we'll actually see Chadwick Boseman's character ahead of his confirmed appearance in [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409), remains to be seen.

It looks like there will be a need to repair Captain America's shield or for Ultron to try and get a vibranium upgrade by visiting the native home of the Black Panther. Either way, introducing the Wakandan kings hoemland in Avengers 2 is possibly the biggest big-picture move the MCU will make this year and they're definitely setting up a big future for the Black Panther. Will he be the one to lead the Avengers in the Infinity War?

Black Panther, Avenger for life?
Black Panther, Avenger for life?

The surprise addition of Spider-Man into the Marvel mix has pushed the [Black Panther](movie:9047) movie from 2017 to 2018, which really throws a wrench into a lot of the previous speculation about the Black Panther's role in the Avengers. It places the solo Black Panther adventure after the first [The Avengers: Infinity War](movie:738027) movie, whereas many had predicted Black Panther being something of a lead-in to the Infinity War. Either the braintrust at Marvel is always a step ahead or there's a certain amount of flexibility in this five-year plan.

Marvel has plans for Black Panther, but what kind?
Marvel has plans for Black Panther, but what kind?

Will the Black Panther movie just be a prequel to what happens in Captain America: Civil War or Avengers: Infinity War? It would be a bit of a surprise move as so far all of the Marvel movies have represented a forward momentum in the larger MCU story. There's been some speculation that [Ant-Man](movie:9048) may be a one-shot movie or take place before the big Ultron debacle but there's also been a big testing the waters feel to Ant-Man - whereas Black Panther has been confirmed to appear in Captain America: Civil War as well as a solo movie.

There's plenty of solid leads in the comic books to lead one to speculate that the Black Panther could be the one to lead the Avengers in a post-Civil War era. Despite the fact that he may be the biggest name in the MCU following the events in Captain America: Civil War which could see Cap and Iron-Man leaving the Avengers fold in one way or another.

The Black Panther has a strong resume.
The Black Panther has a strong resume.

Not only is the Black Panther one of the wealthiest superheroes in Marvel history, but he is a freaking King. The kind of guy that is probably pretty good a delegating, not to mention kicking butt (the path to the Panther is one that requires a good amount of said butt-kicking). He's literally a born leader and not only the one to inherit the throne of Wakanda but the Avengers.

The Avengers play RoPoSho to determine the leader.
The Avengers play RoPoSho to determine the leader.

But could that be the rub as well? Wakanda has always been the Black Panther's first responsibility, which makes for good drama. Could the case be that his Avengers calling in [The Avengers: Infinity War](movie:738027) will lead him to a crisis of responsibility that would perfectly feed into his solo movie? Sounds like a good possibility to me, how does it sound to you?

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