During a recent interview with Empire, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and executive producer Nate Moore revealed how the former originally submitted the film to Marvel as a four-hour cut. The cut was then condensed to the two-hour feature that appeared on screen.

The pair also opened up about one deleted scene in particular that they fought hard to keep in the final draft. Be warned, there are spoilers ahead.

While the central plot circles around T'challa and Nakia, a more understated yet important relationship occurs between Okoye and W’Kabi. According to Moore, a scene featuring Okoye and W’Kabi discussing their conflicting views about Killmonger that would have both emphasized their relationship and foreshadowed their showdown was taken out. Here's what he said on Empire’s podcast:

"So in the film it is more than hinted at that they’re a couple, but there is a scene directly after Killmonger takes the throne where you hear both characters articulate their point of view as to why they should or shouldn’t follow this man and it’s one of the most well-acted scenes I’ve ever been a part of.

"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. 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."

While fans may be disappointed that the scene was axed, Moore did reveal that it will be a part of Black Panther’s extras upon its DVD release. Until then, make sure you go cop a ticket to see Marvel's Black Panther in theaters now.

In other movie news, Chris Tucker confirms a 'Rush Hour 4' is in the works. 

What To Read Next

*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Disclaimer

Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.