Written by | Ray Cornelius

I had the pleasure last night of covering and attending an advanced screening of Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War.”  The special preview took place at Atlanta’s Regal Cinema at Atlantic Station and was hosted by reality star and V-103 personality Big Tigger and Marvel’s executive producer Nate Moore.

Hundreds of students were invited from Morehouse, Spelman and CAU to see the third installment of the “Captain American” franchise and the first film in phase 3 of the Marvel cinematic universe.

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Big Tigger getting his sueprhero pose on

In “Captain America: Civil War,” the Avengers are under scrutiny after another incident results in collateral damage. Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability that is headed by a governing body to oversee and direct their every more. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

The film stars Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America; Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man; Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow; Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier; Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon; Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye; Paul Bettany as Vision; and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/ Scarlet Witch. It also includes Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Tom Holland as Spider-Man.

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Nate Moore, Marvel’s Executive Producer

“Captain America: Civil War” also introduces two new characters—Don Cheadle as Colonel James Rhodes/War Machine and Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther. For Marvel fans, this appearance by Black Panther is preparation for his own film franchise which debuts in 2018 and will be directed by Creed‘s Ryan Coogler.

“We had to give Black Panther a real story line. He couldn’t just be a cameo. He had to be somebody who was really involved because its a great character and because we also wanted to do a stand alone movie. When we were writing the film, we knew we needed a character who would stand between Iron Man and Captain American and hold his own. And I believe his character does that. Once we cast Chadwick Boseman, all of a sudden you have a star in the making,” said Moore during our interview on the red carpet.

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Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther

The Marvel executive went on to say that there is a lot planned for the Black Panther character and that he is very pleased with the ‘integrity’ Chadwick brings to the role.

“It was really Chadwick’s performance in ’42’ that got us excited. The intensity and integrity that he bought to Jackie Robinson is what we wanted T’Challa to inhabit.  We didn’t realize how good of an actor he was and I even think the other actors on set, once he got there were surprised by his intensity too. He brings a really interesting texture to the movie because he’s so different from the others,” explained Moore.

Look for Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War” when it opens in theaters on May 6. In the meantime, check out the trailer and more photos below:

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Big Tigger 

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Actress Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and her husband Keith Arthur Bolden

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Kontrol Magazine’s Julian Lark

Photo Credits: RayCornelius.com

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