SPOILERS AHEAD for Black Panther. You’ve been warned!
Black Panther is an absolute phenomenon, posting box office numbers that only the Avengers are super enough to touch (as far as comic book films go…).
And the film absolutely deserves the enormous success it is experiencing. Though not the best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther is well written, directed, and acted. A worthy title for Marvel Studios’ cataloge.
Even in the editing process, which some refer to as a film’s “final rewrite,” a movie continues to evolve and is often tinkered with as close to release as inserting visual effects allows.
Black Panther is no exception to this level of refinement, and almost had a different ending. When talking to Empire Film Podcast, director Ryan Coogler revealed the U.N. post-credits scene is really an alternate ending to the film, as it was almost what they ended on, pre-credits:
“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?”
Coogler went with the more emotional ending, obviously:
“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.”
Do you think the film works best as is, or would you have kept the U.N. scene before the credits? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!