Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for one of the post-credits scenes in Black Panther.
Crafting the perfect post-credits scene in a superhero film is a fine art. There are scenes that are fun little asides, and then the ones that help to push the narrative forward and tease what’s to come. Today, we’ll be talking a bit about the latter type — specifically the one in Black Panther.
The scene in question is the one where we saw the Winter Soldier — a.k.a Bucky Barnes emerge from a hut, his metal arm removed. Speaking with Empire, producer Nat Moore discussed that he had originally had another arm, but felt that for character purposes, opted to give him no arm.
“We did discuss [giving him a new arm]. There was a version when it was in, there was a version where it was out. The truth was, he felt more human when he wasn’t whole in Winter Soldier. He could just be Bucky and that’s why i think it was important for him as a character to go, ‘not Sergeant Barnes, my name’s Bucky. I am a person, I am no longer a soldier’.”
This is a smart move. For the past couple films, we’ve pretty much known him as the Winter Soldier, and in removing the arm, it makes it less about that soldier, and more about the man within. In not having the arm, in my opinion, it also helps to drive home that he’s at peace where he is, with no need to commit violence or have that arm, which is perfect for his arc.
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