Black Panther, the newest and most diverse movie that Marvel has produced, is out in theatres and blowing audiences away.
The story takes place right after the events of Avengers: Civil War. But don’t worry, you don’t need to have watched Civil War in order to fully understand what occurs in Black Panther, but here are a few key points:
- King T’Challa’s father, the former king, was killed by a terrorist attack while discussing the Sokovia accords
- Martin Freeman is a CIA agent who helped the crew deal with an out of control Bucky Barnes
- The character arc of King T’Challa in Civil War shows him realizing that we should not let vengeance rule our paths
- Bucky Barnes was placed in Wakanda for safekeeping after the events of the Civil War
As is a tradition for the Marvel producers, each movie must have an end scene. Maybe even more than one. These descriptions will dive into spoiler territory, so go forward with caution. Perhaps come back to this after you’ve watched the movie. In total, there are 2 end scenes so stick around until the very end.
This is the first end scene. We also catch a glimpse of this scene in the trailers. It shows King T’Challa standing at a podium surrounded by the international members of the United Nations, proclaiming his good will to the rest of the world. It is indicated that Wakanda is going to be sharing their resources and ‘building bridges’ with the rest of the world. This ties into King T’Challa’s newfound goal of becoming more integrated with the outside world and rejecting the age-old idea that Wakanda must keep to themselves to be safe. Now, he has chosen to step out of the shadows and do what others are neglecting to do. Keep people safe.
This is the second end scene. We don’t get a very good look at this in the trailer, so most of this is quite new. In this scene, we follow a relaxed looking Bucky Barnes as he wakes up in a small part of what can only be assumed to be Wakanda. He doesn’t have his arm with him, but nor does he appear to be as tense as he was in the Civil War. King T’Challa’s little sister, Shuri, greets him as he awakens and walks out into the clean air. She indicates that there is much still yet to be done. This ties in quite nicely with the Infinity War trailer. We know that Bucky is awake, and we know how he whips himself into shape for the Infinity War. We can assume that most of it is down to Shuri: a 16-year-old genius who pretty much runs the tech department of Wakanda. Bucky is definitely in safe hands with her.