The Following article contains SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War. You have been warned!
Avengers: Infinity War co-screenwriter Stephen McFeely has weighed in to say he has no regrets about killing off Black Panther. Perhaps the question around this character was more relevant due to the very recent smash success of the Black Panther movie. After all, it would seem odd for Marvel to kill off a character who has become a worldwide household name?
McFeely recently told Buzzfeed.
“First of all, we would do it all over again. But remember, when we’re writing [Infinity War], and even shooting, there is no Black Panther movie. We don’t know it’s going to be so good, so effective, so resonant. And we had to treat all these characters the same. People who leave us [in Infinity War] are the leads of their own franchises. And Black Panther’s no different. We wanted that thing that happens at the end of that movie to have as much impact as possible. If you’re very carefully getting rid of your supporting cast, then it does seem like you’re pulling your punch.”
Whilst this all seems well and good, how many fans out there are really expecting this to be the end of T’Challa or Peter Parker for that matter? It seems highly unlikely that Marvel has decided to destroy 50% of their franchises before some of them have even got going. Well, you can count me as someone who will be shocked if T’Challa isn’t front and center in Black Panther 2.
McFeely did reference how the fans might see this move as rather cynical.
“We can’t make movies assuming you know how movies get made. We can just tell the best version of the story we can, and hopefully you are investing in that story while you’re in it, and you feel appropriate sadness or joy while you’re in it. We can’t account for having one step outside the movie theater while you’re watching it. We would be terrible storytellers if we did that.”
What do you think of McFeely’s comments? Are you ready to believe the king of Wakanda is dead or like me are you skeptical?
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