Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Producer Teases Director’s Cut Scenes Not in Theatrical Release

While Marvel Studios is not known for delivering extended cuts or director’s cuts of MCU movies, it seems that Ryan Coogler does have a director’s cut of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The teasing details of differences between the already lengthy new addition to the MCU and its alternative cut have been revealed by producer Nate Moore during an interview with Collider. Moore commented:

“There’s some [scenes] from the Director’s Cut that didn’t make it forward. There’s some that we played with for a long time, and screened, and screened multiple times. We’re notorious for tinkering a lot in editorial and trying things. Ryan, by the way, is as well. So, things are in, things are out. ‘What about this over here?’ So, some are closer to completion, some are pretty raw.”

It is not long ago that Spider-Man: No Way Home was rereleased in cinemas with an additional 11 minutes of footageto the original December 2021 release, including a new post-credits scene that replaced the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer that accompanied the movie’s debut. While it is possibly telling that the only MCU movies to receive such extended cuts have been their joint venture with Sony, the news of a Black Panther: Wakanda Forever director’s cut could be a sign of more extended versions of Marvel movies to come in the future.

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For those wanting to see the extended cut of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, it may be worth curbing your enthusiasm, as Moore explained that while it could not be ruled out, Marvel like to keep a tight, single version of their movies in the MCU canon. He said:

“We’ve typically resisted that, and I think we’ll continue to because we like to think we and the filmmakers landed on what the movie should be. So, I don’t know that we’ll ever assemble it – I’ll never say never. I don’t think we’ll assemble it into a longer Director’s Cut. But certainly, I think there’s ways to get those scenes out there in the world without building an extended edition.”

If anything, the missing scenes will likely end up in an outtake reel on the Blu-ray and DVD release of the movie rather than being reinstated in some way. This happened with multiple scenes from previous Marvel movies, including scenes like Tony Stark meeting his daughter after snapping his fingers, or his fellow Avengers kneeling to honor their fallen member in Avengers: Endgame. While there are scenes that are nice to have in the story, if they don’t serve the story in a way that is necessary – especially when dealing with a movie that is already 160 minutes long – then there is a question of whether the director’s cut adds anything or simply gives the MCU something it doesn’t need.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is out in cinemas now, and has decimated all other movies currently on release to claim the top spot of movie charts around the world.