Warning: The following post contains major Black Panther spoilers!
If you stayed during Black Panther‘s end credits—which, of course you did—you’ll remember the mid-credits scene showing T’Challa addressing the United Nations and, for the first time, declaring Wakanda would work with other countries in an effort to make the world a better place. Director Ryan Coogler has now confirmed that this was initially planned to be the final scene of the movie.
In an interview with The Empire Film Podcast, Coogler specified why the scene was transitioned to the mid-credits and he instead went back to Oakland, California for the ending scene:
“It was [almost the ending]. We played with a lot of different ways to end it. We went back and forth about the U.N., and we had a version where it was the U.N. before the scenes in Oakland at the end. But we really kind of settled on how do we want the movie to end? And it came back to that symmetry, and it came back to the most moving version of it. That’s what we were asking ourselves, ‘Who’s more moved emotionally, that kid or the people sitting in the U.N.?’ Who is that a bigger deal to for T’Challa to walk in, who’s more connected to him?”
It sounds like Coogler made the wise decision to bookend the film with scenes from Oakland. Creating that “symmetry” that he mentions allowed for a greater emotional connection to the story after witnessing Killmonger’s rise and fall.
Did you like Black Panther‘s ending, or would you have preferred the original United Nations ending? Sound off in the comments!
The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Florence Kasumba as Ayo, John Kani as T’Chaka, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, and Winston Duke as M’Baku. Here’s the official synopsis:
After the death of his father, T’Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king — and as Black Panther — gets tested when he’s drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
Black Panther is now playing in theaters.
Source: The Empire Film Podcast
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