One of the things that made Black Panther so great was that it was allowed to stand on it’s own narratively. While many fans were hoping to see a cameo by Captain America or the reveal of a new Infinity Stone, they were left empty handed. That was, until the end credits scene. The second teaser was the most direct lead-in to Avengers: Infinity War and today an actor involved in the scene details how a longer version was originally shot.
SPOILER for the second end credits scene: We find Shuri walking through a village of tents, presumably somewhere in Wakanda. Bucky walk out of one of the tents and is questioned by Shuri. It is clear that she has made extensive progress on fixing his Hydra brainwashing. As they walk, a child nearby in the village refers to Bucky as the White Wolf. During an interview for Infinity War, Bucky actor Sebastian Stan revealed a much longer scene was originally shot.
“There was something really actually funny about that scene. It’s definitely better the way it is now, I think. But that scene was at least 8 more minutes long than what we saw. And it was like a more inquisitive Bucky. He was kind of really going, ‘What are they calling me?’ And [Shuri] was telling him a little about it, and they have more of an interaction. And then he walked over and started hanging out with elders and playing with the kids, but you don’t see that.”
It would’ve been great to see Bucky playing with kids. Perhaps that part will be saved for Infinity War to throw the Avengers still skeptical of him off guard. But why would Marvel cut out the rest of the scene detailing the role of White Wolf? Most likely they didn’t plan an 8 minute long end credit scene and this was supposed to be in the cut of the main movie. They probably scrapped it to focus only on T’Challa’s and Wakanda’s story. Another possibility is that Bucky staying in Wakanda as White Wolf as an idea was scrapped immediately after Chris Evans said he was done as Captain America after Avengers 4 and they just left the namedrop as a easter egg. Unfortunately, there is no word of a deleted scene on the Black Panther home release.
Source: Comic Book Movie
Black Panther is now available in theaters.
T’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira.