At the start of the present day in Black Panther when T'Challa extracts Nakia from her operation, he tells her that his father, King T'Chaka, died and he wants her to come to his coronation ceremony. I was under the impression that T'Challa has his coronation ceremony in Black Panther within a day-or-two of T'Chaka dying in the bombing, but he also seems to immediately go after Bucky Barnes in Civil War, which seems to cover a few days.

Do the events in Black Panther and Captain America: Civil War overlap at all? Or does one movie's present day take place entirely after the other one?

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    I definitely got the impression that he had been home for a short time, and left again to go Nakia, and that there was a decent period in between. Note that, for example, T'Challa's mother doesn't seem to be in shock or heavily mourning by the time the movie starts.
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 3:08

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According to Comicbook.com,

During this time, the only superhumans we know to be active are Black Panther (Wakandan monarch T'Chaka, played by Atandwa Kani), and possibly Captain Marvel (a yet-to-be-introduced Brie Larson).

Her debut film, out in 2019, is set sometime during the 1990s — decades after Captain America (Chris Evans), Ant-Man (Michael Douglas), and Wasp (Michelle Pfeiffer) gave rise to the current crop of Earth's mightiest heroes operating in modern day.

Of course, a brash and bratty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is somewhere off world, not yet the hero he would come to be in 2011's Thor.

The 1992 prologue sees a radicalized N'Jobu (Sterling K. Brown) come into conflict with his brother T'Chaka before Black Panther jumps to one week after the events of Captain America: Civil War, which introduced T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) as a vengeful king-to-be seeking justice for his murdered father.

That also puts Black Panther taking place before last summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming. A title card early on in the movie has us catching up with Peter Parker (Tom Holland) "two months later" after his scuffle with the Avengers at a German airport.

Thor: Ragnarok, if you're wondering, takes place roughly around the same time as Homecoming...

For your recommended eventual Marvel Studios chronological marathon, you would follow Civil War with Black Panther, Homecoming, and then Ragnarok, with the mid-credits scene of the latter heading directly into Avengers: Infinity War. http://comicbook.com/marvel/2018/02/17/black-panther-MCU-timeline-phase-three/

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    if you pay attention when the scene opens, the news report T'Challa is watching in his jet say it's been "a week" since the events of Civil War.
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Feb 19, 2018 at 3:04

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