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Black Panther is taking the film industry by storm. It has been universally praised by film critics and fans for its story, character development and world-building. Moreover, it has been a box-office sensation. Indeed, the film made $700 million after 10 days of being released. To put that in perspective, Justice League did not make that amount of money in its entire run of release.
I would not be surprised if Black Panther garners over $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office by the end of its theatrical release. Clearly, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has another giant hit on its hands and director Ryan Coogler deserves an enormous amount of credit for the success of this film. In a recent appearance on the Empire Film Podcast, Coogler spoke about some aspects of Black Panther.
One of the things Ryan Coogler discussed was the alternate ending to the film that took place at the United Nations (U.N.). This ending eventually became a post-credits scene. Here is what he said about why they chose a different ending to the film:
“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?”
“As a kid, growing up, when you see somebody who looks like an older version of you doing something awesome, it’s like, ‘What’s going on?’ That’s kind of what that moment… We kind of went with the less distilled emotion, and the U.N. makes sense afterwards for where Wakanda could be going in the future of this universe.”
The other post-credits scene in Black Panther focused on Bucky Barnes and Coogler explained why he was absent from the film until this moment given how Captain America: Civil War ended. Here is what he said on this matter:
“Bucky would have horrible PTSD, he would need spiritual guidance. The last thing he would need to do is jump into that Civil War, and so that was kind of the thought process there. And it could be potentially problematic if it’s a bunch of Africans fighting and you bring in a White dude, he comes in shootin’ people. We were aware of that. Bucky’s not trained to neutralize people peacefully, he’s an assassin. We were like, ‘I don’t know if we can do that’.”
From these comments, I can see why Bucky was not a major presence in Black Panther. Besides, we have Avengers: Infinity War to see him return to the action in a big way.
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