Producer Nate Moore reveals why Black Panther: Wakanda Forever only has one mid-credits scene, despite being a Marvel fixture. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett will all return in the next Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel. Tenoch Huerta will make his MCU debut as the movie’s antagonist, Namor, along with Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, also recognized as Ironheart, and Michaela Coel as Wakandan warrior Aneka.
Black Panther 2 will see the titular imaginary nation rocked by Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa’s unexpected death, leaving people without a protector and susceptible to invading invaders. Namor, the monarch of the underwater society known as Talokan, seeks to invade Wakanda for power as well as to defend his people after T’Challa’s disclosure about Wakanda at the end of the original Black Panther puts the Talokan in peril. Reflecting the real loss of Boseman in 2020, viewers have been hesitantly excited for the sequel, questioning its ability to continue both the franchise as a whole and pay tribute to the legendary actor, but a producer behind Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has said one aspect of the film was purposefully chosen for such.
Nate Moore revealed why Black Panther 2 only has one credits scene while talking with ComicBook.com about the MCU sequel. The producer indicated that it was mostly about the tone of the picture, as they felt that it would be “disingenuous” for their purpose with the film. Moore explains it more below:
“Not this time. Obviously, the weight of this movie is a bit different, and the tone of this movie is a bit different, and it felt, especially, once people see the film. We felt the ending was kind of poetic that to then go back and say, “Hey, there’s a tag at the end of the credits,” felt a little disingenuous tonally from what we were doing. Much like [Avengers] Endgame didn’t have a tag, this didn’t feel like a movie that needed it.”
The Lack of a Post-Credits Scene in Black Panther 2 Is Ideal.
Given that much of Black Panther 2 is supposed to be a period of mourning for both public audiences, those appearing in the film, and the characters in the plot, Moore and the Marvel team made the wise decision to limit the film to a single credits scene. Shuri assists in brainwashing in Wakanda. As the Marvel exec points out, this isn’t the first time a credits scene hasn’t been crafted to set up a future project, whether for emotional reasons or for the narrative of the project at hand, with Avengers: Endgame leaving many audiences reeling from the losses of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow all in one film. Some MCU projects have also used their end-credits sequences to provide audiences with a fun bit of extra material rather than setting up a major future arc, such as Iron Man 3’s therapy scene among Tony and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner, and the original Black Panther displaying Sebastian Stan’s Bucky recovering from his injuries.
Given that only one Black Panther 2 credits scene has been revealed, Moore’s comment of wanting to end the movie on an appropriate poetic note might be one final, heartfelt dedication to Chadwick Boseman. Early comments to the MCU sequel have been overwhelmingly positive, with many calling it the franchise’s most emotional picture to date, raising anticipation to an all-time high. Only time will tell if Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will live up to that lofty standard when movie hits theaters on November 11.