Black Panther just hit theaters this past week and as with every Marvel movie there is, it sported a couple of end credits scenes in there hinting at what just might be in store for our heroes come Avengers: Infinity War, a few months down the road.
As always, be warned, as spoilers follow.
Still there? Good. Now here’s all you need to know about those two end credits scene.
T’Challa’s United Nations Reveal
As we all know, Wakanda is depicted in the movie as a nation hiding its vast resources and technological advancements. To the outside world, Wakanda is a third-world country who has no capability of tending to the needs of citizens, much less the world.
Also, as the movie chugs along, we see that Wakanda chose to seclude itself from the world to protect its secrets and the division that it created within Wakanda. But as the movie proceeds this policy of theirs changed due in large part to T’Challa.
Which brings us to the first end credit scene. In this scene T’Challa addresses the members of the United Nations essentially with this message: “Wakanda will open its doors to the world”.
This means that Wakanda will now introduce its technological advancements to the world with the goal of furthering the entire human race. It also means that Wakanda will play a large role in Avengers: Infinity War. Why, you ask? Well for starters, S.H.I.E.L.D. as we know it ceases to exists hence no technological gadgets that could possibly combat Thanos and his forces. Second, the US army, or any other army for that matter, would not be able to put up a fight against alien invaders, just check any Avengers movie and you’ll see how powerless these armies are. Meaning, Wakanda with all its tech and knowledge, might just have enough to defeat Thanos and his army.
But is that all there is to this scene? Not really.
In a key moment in the scene, T’Challa’s response to a question posed by the UN member has a lot of meat to it. T’Challa says “But in times of crisis, the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers” is politically charged. Perhaps aiming at real-world leaders and how they choose to handle “diplomacy” and the like. Or perhaps these “wise” leaders that he is referring to is a group of wise people in the Marvel universe.
When we say wise, could this be T’Challa, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Reed Richards, Doctor Strange? And what about these names make it special? Well, glad you asked. As these wise heroes are all members of the Illuminati. A secret group made of earth’s smartest/wisest people who agreed to secretly make decisions on how to deal with extinction-level threats such as the invasion of the Kree (possibly in Captain Marvel?), Thanos’ invasion, and other possible threats.
For this, we’ll have to wait and see, and also to keep our fingers crossed.
The Winter Soldier
The second scene was by far the more exciting one.
In this scene, we finally get to know the fate of Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier.
To recap, in Captain America: Civil War, Captain America had Bucky in hibernation in Wakanda. Presumably, this was to help erase the programming that turned Bucky into an insanely efficient killing machine.
Remember, in the movie the events that transpired in Civil War only took place a week before the events in Black Panther. So, essentially, Bucky must have been in cryo-sleep or hibernation for less than a month. Of course, Black Panther also tackled how advanced Wakandan technology is when Shuri revealed to Agent Ross that it only took her 2 days to heal his bullet wound. The healing of Bucky in less than a month would surely be within the realm of belief here.
What’s really engrossing in this scene is that Bucky seems to be the same Bucky that we saw in Captain America: First Avenger. He seems to have been rid of all the programming that was indoctrinated in him. To be honest, I was half expecting Shuri to recite the codes and make sure Bucky is healed, but I guess that would be too on the nose.
This scene also opens up the possibility that Marvel is setting-up Bucky Barnes to take the mantle of Captain America after Infinity War.
In this scene, it is also revealed that Bucky’s left arm has yet to be replaced. Which begs the question, does Bucky get his arm during Infinity War, or is he going to get it behind the scenes. Also, this means that whatever arm he gets in Infinity War, this arm would undoubtedly be made of vibranium. Could this also mean that his arm may be fashioned with some other tech similar to Ulysses Klaue’s?
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