If you’ve been wishfully thinking of ways to get more Wakanda in your life, take note, because the Black Panther DVD will have deleted scenes!
Clutch our cowrie shells, so there’s more?
Wait — is Killmonger still alive? We didn’t see him get buried. Did W’Kabi get killed by Okoye? She did kick his backstabbing butt!
Michael Shawver is the film’s editor and according to Shadow and Act he dishes on the release of the cut scenes and alludes to the fact that they will be eyebrow-raising.
“Hands down the most painful scene to cut was (one) with Danai Gurira (Okoye) and Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi). Toward the end, after things go bad and Killmonger is in control and all that, we’re talking about, what are they going to do? What is Wakanda going to become? Those are two powerhouse actors and it was an incredible scene with so many layers to it — boyfriend and girlfriend, it was general and her advisor, all those things. That was painful.”
We also know that King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) had strong ties to Zuri (Forest Whitaker) but there’s a scene that sets up their father/son connection even stronger, Shawver said.
“There’s a scene between Chadwick and Forest’s characters which sets up their relationship. It sort of lets you attach yourself to their father-son dynamic so that later on in the film … you really feel more.”
Black Panther has been on fire breaking records, and becoming a global blockbuster by setting trends around the world. It’s one of the blackest movies of the year and it has become the second highest-grossing comic book superhero movie of all time.
Marvel’s Black Panther is the gift that just keeps on giving.
After grossing more than $1 billion in less than a month, the latest sign of the film’s cultural impact is how it’s flavor has shown up during sporting events.
Social media has taken note of how black athletes have started celebrating their victories by reenacting the “Wakanda Forever” salute featured in the film.
The first athletes spotted using the signal were Jesse Lingardand Paul Pogba of Manchester United, who did the Wakanda salute at a match against Chelsea on February 25th.
Last week the salute also crossed over into the tennis world at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.
Thursday, French player Gaël Monfils commemorated his victory over Matthew Ebden with the salute. The following day, American player Sachia Vickery, who is currently ranked #100 in the world, stunned fans by beating #3-ranked Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain.
She too, celebrated with the gesture and confirmed during an interview with WTA Insider that it was from Black Panther:
“That was definitely Wakanda Forever,” Vickery said. “I’m so obsessed with the movie. It’s taking over my life. I have seen it four times already. Literally, I’m obsessed. I have watched it twice here. I may just keep watching it because it’s been working out so well for me.”
After Monfils won again on Sunday, he spoke about what Black Panther meant to him saying:
“I think that movie is great. It’s great for the community, for our community, it means quite a lot. It’s not just a sign, it’s everything. It’s everything going on, and definitely a shout-out saying I’m supporting the Black Panther’s community.”
Black Panther is uniting people all over the African diaspora, and we’re here for it!