[SPOILERS] Black Panther: Ryan Coogler Talks the 2 After-Credits Scenes

Posted by February 18, 2018 Comment

This is a Marvel movie, and that means there are after-credits scenes. However, sometimes those scenes are important and sometimes they are there for a laugh. They are always full of spoilers. So if you haven’t seen the movie yet, it’s best to skip this one. Entertainment Tonight caught up with director Ryan Coogler and asked him about the two scenes.

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The first of the two after-credits scenes is unique in that this is the first time footage from an mid-credit scene has been featured in promotional material and the trailers. T’Challa takes his place in front of the United Nations and says that Wakanda is going to share all of their knowledge and resources. He talks about loving everyone as if we were all one tribe and that “the brave build bridges while the foolish build barriers”. He is then asked what a country of farmers can give to the world and just smiles.

“When people say, ‘This film is a political movie,’ well, yeah. Black Panther is a politician,” director Ryan Coogler. “It’s the first MCU film about a politician, so it should be the most political one. And if this character has to make a governmental address, what kind of stuff would he say?”

The “bridges and barriers” line certainly speaks to American politics but Coogler says he wrote that line while Obama was president. It just became more relevant after the election.

“That’s an African proverb that my wife found while we were working on it,” Coogler said. “We wrote that stuff when Obama was president.” Instead, he likens the mid-credits tag to what Jon Favreau did with Iron Man, which is to make the audience think, “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.”

The final credit scene shows a bunch of Wakandian children looking down at someone. They run away laughing and join Shuri outside. Bucky then emerges and she asks him how he is. He says he’s good and she tells him that she has much to teach him still.

“Obviously, it ties in [to Avengers: Infinity War], but the studio didn’t force our hand or tell us what the post-credits scene should be,” he told Radio Times. “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.”

Shuri even refers to Bucky with Ross comes to her lab saying that T’Challa has brought her “another broken white boy”. There were predictions early on that Bucky could make some sort of appearance in Black Panther but Coogler said the movie wasn’t about him so it felt wrong to address him in that context.

“It was kind of a hold-off,” Coogler continued. “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.”

As far as Marvel scenes go they are two that probably mean the least when it comes to effecting the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe. We already knew T’Challa’s intentions to share Wakanda’s resources and while showing Bucky awake and better sets him up for Infinity War it’s not exactly a game changer.

Summary: T’Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

Black Panther, directed Ryan Coogler, stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Martin Freeman. It will be released on February 16th.

(Last Updated February 18, 2018 5:02 pm )

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