Black Panther finally crossed the billion-dollar mark at the worldwide box office last weekend. While fans still aren’t done with praising the brilliant performances of the actors in Black Panther, the film’s editor Michael Shawver has revealed that those scenes which could not make it to the film’s final theatrical version will come included on the home video release.
In a recent interview with TheWrap, Shawver specifically spoke about two scenes that he felt were very critical of the film but were not included in the final cut. According to the editor, the most painful scene to cut was the emotional conversation between Danai Gurira’s Okoye and Daniel Kaluuya’s W’Kabi after Erik Killmonger seizes control of Wakanda.
“Toward the end, after things go bad and Killmonger [Michael B. Jordan] is in control and all that, we’re talking about, what are they going to do? What is Wakanda going to become?” Shawver said. “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.”
The other deleted scene that Shawver talked about had Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa and his mentor Zuri, played by Forest Whittaker. Notably, T’Challa shared a very warm relationship with Zuri who was almost like a father figure to him.
“There’s a scene between Chadwick and Forest’s characters which sets up their relationship,” he said. It sort of lets you attach yourself to their father-son dynamic so that later on in the film … you really feel more.”
While Zuri’s character in the film was killed by Killmonger, there are chances that the character will return from the dead in the Marvel franchise’s sequel.
Shawver has confirmed that the deleted scenes will be included in Black Panther’s home entertainment release, available as DVD extras.
Source: The Wrap
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