Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Director Ryan Coogler says cutting out two different scenes would have made his sequel “the worst movie ever.” In the audio commentary for the Marvel release, the filmmaker explained how crucial the scene in the UN and the action scene with the Dora Milaje arresting the invaders were to the final product. The direct transcribed what he said and it’s hard to argue with once you hear his reasoning. One of Angela Bassett’s many powerhouses Wakanda forever happens during her chat with the UN. Also, the fight sequence introduces us to Dora newcomers and reaffirms their terrifying skill. The nation ultimately looks much stronger in anticipation of their confrontation with Namor and his forces.
Coogler began, “I’ll tell you a secret that’s funny. We experimented with all sorts of things with this movie. And at one point we experimented with removing these two scenes from the movie, like [the U.N. scene and the opening Dora Milaje action scene] here. And we were just like, ‘Yeah, it works without it, because X, Y, and Z.'”
“And I remember coming in early at 6 a.m. to watch because I just wanted to check it out before we tested it with the scenes out. And we hit play, and I watched it, and it was just the worst movie ever, you know what I mean?” he continued. “I was like ‘Oh, this is terrible.’ At one point I was all alone in the screening room, about 6:45 a.m., and I just call on my phone, call Nate [Moore], I call everyone like, ‘Yo, this is a mistake. We have to fix this.’ But it’s a journey to understand how important these two scenes are to make the movie work.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever finally available at home
This is what you can look forward to on Disney+: ‘In Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – one of the most highly anticipated movie events of the year – Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and blaze a new trail for the kingdom of Wakanda. Tenoch Huerta Mejía is introduced as Namor, the king of a hidden undersea nation, and the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.
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