Black Panther has been making history at the movies. Now in its fourth weekend since opening, it set another record — becoming the fifth MCU film to break $1 billion as well as retaining the top spot at the box office.
As it turns out, even the most engaging Marvel films need to go through the editing process — but Black Panther's editor admitted that two of the movie's scenes in particular were almost painful for him to part with.
In an interview with The Wrap, Michael Shawver revealed that one of the scenes that didn't make it into the final product featured a moment between Danai Gurira and Daniel Kaluuya, who played the romantically involved Dora Milaje warrior Okoye and W'Kabi of the Border Tribe, respectively. "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." But as an editor, Shawver admitted that the scene threw the film off pacing-wise. "At that point in the movie, it’s about two-thirds through, and that’s when most movies drag. Ours was taking a while to get to that point."
A second scene, involving Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa and Forest Whitaker's Wakandan statesman Zuri, would have expanded on their familial association but didn't end up making it into the final cut. "There’s a scene between Chadwick and Forest’s characters which sets up their relationship. It sort of lets you attach yourself to their father-son dynamic so that later on in the film … you really feel more," Shawver said.
Per Shawver, both of those scenes will be included as extras once Black Panther is out on DVD and Blu-ray. A release date is currently estimated for May 2018.