Letitia Wright in Black Panther

Don’t leave ‘Black Panther’ early: the post-credit scenes are important

This blog will tell you the ending of Black Panther. Do not read on if you haven't seen it.

Spoilers for Black Panther and its post-credits scenes follow.

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Black Panther‘s ending finds the kingdom of Wakanda back in the control of the Black Panther, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), following the death of his nemesis Erik Killmonger. After bringing peace to his kingdom he later sets up the first ever Wakandan outreach centre in Oakland, California. But there are two extra bits of information contained in the mid-credits and post-credits scenes. If you left the cinema before they happened, here’s what you will have missed.

1. Mid-credits scene with T’Challa at the UN

In this short clip, T’Challa attends a UN meeting in Vienna, accompanied by Wakandans including Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira). At this meeting he publicly announces that his nation of Wakanda will offer aid to anyone in need, and a UN member then asks him how a third-world country could help the rest of the world. T’Challa’s smile at this question implies that he will finally reveal to the rest of the world that Wakanda isn’t actually a third-world country, but that it has vastly superior technology to any other country because of its supply of the super-metal ‘Vibranium’. From now on in the MCU, Wakanda will be on the world stage – helping out, but possibly putting itself under threat for future films including Infinity War or the likely sequel to Black Panther.

2. Post-credits scene with Bucky and Shuri in Wakanda

A bit of background to this one: in a Captain America: Civil War post-credits scene we saw The Winter Soldier, aka Bucky, choosing to be cryogenically frozen so that Wakandan scientists could reverse the programming that had turned him into a brainwashed agent. And in a comic book prelude to Avengers: Infinity War we saw this plan coming to fruition, with T’Challa’s genius sister Shuri (played in the film by Letitia Wright) working out how to heal him.

So, back to Black Panther‘s second post-credits scene: here we see a group of Wakandan children gazing at an unidentified character in a tent, soon revealed to be Bucky. Shuri has indeed healed him, meaning he’s ready to get back into the action in Infinity War without causing any more internal disputes among the Avengers. Only thing he needs now is a new arm, after his old one got destroyed in Civil War.