Black Panther editor Michael Shawver has spoken out about two scenes that were particularly “painful” to cut from the film.
The movie has now made over $1 billion at the box office – the fifth Marvel movie to hit the mark after The Avengers, Avengers: Ultron, Iron Man 3 and Captain America: Civil War.
The Marvel movie has been acclaimed by fans and critics alike since its release last month, with the film recently achieving the rare honour of attaining a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
However, it had to undergo some fairly rigorous editing, with Shawver – a frequent collaborator of director Ryan Coogler – discussing the process with TheWrap.
“Hands down the most painful scene to cut was [one] with Danai Gurira and Daniel Kaluuya,” Shawver said, of the actors who play Wakanda’s armed forces General Okoye and her lover, tribe ambassador W’Kabi.
“Toward the end, after things go bad and Killmonger [Michael B. Jordan] is in control and all that, we’re talking about, what are they going to do? What is Wakanda going to become?” Shawver says of the scene.
“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. That was painful,” he added.
Another scene that was difficult to edit out was one between Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa and Forest Whitaker’s Zuri. “There’s a scene between Chadwick and Forest’s characters which sets up their relationship,” Shawver reveals. “It sort of lets you attach yourself to their father-son dynamic so that later on in the film … you really feel more.”
Shawver confirmed that the scenes would be available on the home release of Black Panther.
Right-wing trolls had previously launched a campaign to give Black Panther purposely low user scores on Rotten Tomatoes in protest against Disney’s increased spotlight on BME and female characters in recent years.
Speaking to Huffington Post recently, director Coogler responded to this attempt at thwarting the success of his movie, saying: “For me, I’m looking forward to everybody seeing the film. I’m really looking forward to sharing the film with audiences regardless of what their political views are … that’s kind of where I [stand on that]”.