SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for the two end credits scenes in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther. Read at your own risk.
Following in the tradition of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther gives audiences two post credits scenes that expand the story that just unfolded in the film as well as what’s to come in the near-future of the MCU.
The mid-credits scene finds T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) standing in front of the United Nations to finally reveal the true Wakanda to the world, to which he says that “The wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.”
Naturally, some would interpret that specific quote as a social commentary on the current political climate, but according to Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, this quote was put in the script before Donald Trump was elected president. Coogler also compares this scene to the end of the first Iron Man:
“That’s an African proverb that my wife found while we were working on it. We wrote that stuff when Obama was president Oh man, I wish that dude was really around! — because the world looks like the real place — Oh, I wish there was an Iron Man that could jump in a suit and do cool stuff and say cool stuff at press conferences. For us, I found myself looking up to [T’Challa] and aspiring to that.”
As for the post-credits scenes tagged at the very end of the film, we reunite with Bucky (Sebastian Stan) as he is still in Wakanda as Shuri (Letitia Wright) looks after him before the events of Avengers: Infinity War. Here is what Coogler had to say about this scene and how it ties in with the broader MCU:
“Obviously, it ties in, but the studio didn’t force our hand or tell us what the post-credits scene should be. It was something that we were interested in…For us, it was fun because I think the audience, if they’re familiar with the MCU, knows that Bucky is in Wakanda.
It was kind of a hold-off. Our film wasn’t about Bucky, obviously, [so] we didn’t feel like it would be right to deal with him in this context. But we thought it’d be cool for the fans that stayed ‘til the end to check in on this character that they love.”
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Sterling K. Brown, Andy Serkis and John Kani.
Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.
Black Panther is in theaters now.