Black Panther's film editor Michael Shawver has revealed details on two deleted secenes from the film that expand the world of Wakanda and deepen the relationships between two pairs of characters.
Speaking to The Wrap, Shawver offered details on his favorite deleted scene, a conversation between Daniel Kaluuya's W'kabe and Danai Gurira's Okoye.
“Hands down the most painful scene to cut was [one] with Danai Gurira and Daniel Kaluuya,” Shawver explained. “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? 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.”
A second scene focuses on the relationship between Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa and Forest Whitaker's Zuri.
“There’s a scene between [Chadwick Boseman] and [Forest Whitaker]’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,” he said.
Shawver said both films are likely to appear on Black Panther's eventual home video release.