There were several scenes that had to be cut from the theatrical (final) version of Black Panther for a comfortable screening experience, even though the movie already runs for more than two hours. These deleted scenes have now been confirmed to be included in the upcoming home video releases.
Speaking with The Wrap in a recent interview, editor Michael Shawver dropped a few details about one particular scene that was “hands down the most painful to cut” from Black Panther. This includes the powerful exchange between Okoye (Danai Gurira) and W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) after Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) takes control of Wakanda.
“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?” 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.”
According to producer Nate Moore, director Ryan Coogler was not in favor of cutting the scene out and actually fought for its inclusion before everyone came to an accord.
“Unfortunately, it occurred at a point in the movie where audiences just wanted to get to the resolution and so it slowed down a part of the movie and we were afraid audiences were checking out,” Moore explained. “We were also afraid if we took it out we’re going to ruin this movie—‘guys we’re going to ruin this movie; let’s not take it out.’ We didn’t take it out for three or four screenings and we finally took it out and I think Ryan and I were probably the last men on that beach saying don’t take it out.”
There is no word on when the home video release will take place but it should be soon. In the meantime, Black Panther continues to play in theaters worldwide.