How ‘The Godfather’ Influenced Ryan Coogler’s ‘Black Panther’ Ending

/Film | 1/16/2019 | Ben Pearson
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Black Panther‘s ending is one of the most impactful conclusions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, but it’s a good thing those productions build several days of reshoots into their process, because the entire ending was reworked at the last minute.

Read more about the original Black Panther ending and how co-writer/director Ryan Coogler took inspiration from The Godfather to craft a new finale for the film.

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Michael Shawver, one of Black Panther‘s editors, spoke with CinemaBlend and revealed that the movie was originally going to cut from the final scene with Michael B. Jordan‘s Erik Killmonger (whose last words made our 50 Greatest Movie Moments of 2018 list) to T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman)’s United Nations address. But the filmmakers ended up using the reshoot time to their advantage and cooking up something that had more thematic resonance:

“With reshoots Ryan wanted to do a new ending, and it’s a whole bigger thing with the scene where Killmonger dies… What we shot originally, and in the script, was Killmonger saying ‘It’s beautiful, but what are you going to do for everybody in the world who can’t see this?’… And it was great. It was powerful, it was awesome, but it was problematic for a few reasons. One, we realized that just as a character, for the journey of T’Challa, he can’t get the answer to the movie and what he needs to do from the villain – like straight-up exactly what he needs. And that’s kind of what was happening. Secondly, it was a great performance, and [Michael B. Jordan] brought it, and it was...
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