Meet Young T’Challa and Young Nakia in New ‘Black Panther’ Deleted Scene
Infinity War might be all anyone can talk about this week, but Black Panther is still ensuring we don’t forget about it (how could we?). As we get closer to the Blu-ray and digital release of Ryan Coogler’s spinoff, that means more Black Panther goodies are arriving online.
Following yesterday’s release of the first deleted scene, one featuring Danai Gurira’ Okoye and Daniel Kaluuya’s W’Kabi quibbling over the future of Wakanda, today brought another cut scene. Yahoo! debuted the clip, titled “Voices From the Past,” which features a young T’Challa and young Nakia crawling through the catacombs of their homeland. Summoned by T’Chaka (Atandwa Kani), T’Challa shares a sentimental moment with his father, who’s sporting the older Black Panther suit. It’s a sweet moment, and fun to see mini versions of Chadwick Boseman and Lupita Nyong’o’s characters. But given that it was supposed to immediately follow the film’s opening Oakland flashback scene, it’s easy to see how it would’ve only slowed the film’s momentum.
That’s not all; there’s a third deleted scene, which is also about T’Chaka. More of an extended scene, it follows T’Challa’s ancestral ritual and heavenly reunion with his father. He and Forest Whittaker’s Zuri reminisce and exchange memories about the former King of Wakanda. It’s another tender moment that deepens the emotional lives of these characters, but again, you get the idea Coogler wanted to trim down his film to the essentials.
There’s one more deleted scene featured on the Black Panther home and digital release, so keep an eye out for that when it arrives on digital download May 8, and on Blu-ray and DVD on May 15.