The closing scene of Black Panther 2 is the best ever

The closing scene of Black Panther 2 is the best ever

shuri cries at sunset

Shuri is the heart and soul Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Image: Marvel Studios

Everything changes during the end credits. From the very beginning, Marvel Studios has been setting up scenes during and after their credits to keep fans on the edge of their seats and tease what’s to come. It’s where Nick Fury made his debut, where we first met Thanos and Wanda, and were teased about Captain Marvel. These are all decisive, unforgettable, exciting scenes. And yet we think that Marvel’s latest film, Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverhas the best credit scene in the history of Marvel Studios.

Discussing this will, of course, spoil it, so run and hide now if you haven’t seen the movie yet.

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Wakanda Forever it only has one credit scene, and that’s in the middle. Looking a few seconds after the end of the film, we see Shuri (Letitia Wright) still crying on a beach in Haiti as she burns her funeral clothes, marking the end of mourning not only for her brother, but also for her mother. Then Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) joins her, but she’s not alone. She has a boyfriend with her. His name is Toussaint (Divine Love Konadu-Sun) and we learn that he is the son of T’Challa and Nakia. Which, yes, makes him the heir to the throne of Wakanda.

Nakia explains that T’Challa wanted Toussaint to grow up away from the pressures of the throne, which is why he stayed hidden. We also learn that Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett) met him at some point. Shuri is surprised but glad. She chats with her nephew, and then he shares another secret with her. He says “Toussaint” is just his Haitian name. His real name is T’Challa, named after his father.

Once the waterworks stop, the implications of the scene are huge. First of all, of course, that T’Challa has a son who will keep his name and family line alive. That, down the road, could set him up to be a new Black Panther or even King of Wakanda. However, those decades-away hypotheticals are not why this scene stands on the top of the MCU mountain. No, it’s how director Ryan Coogler bakes the reveal into the actual DNA of the movie.

nakia on a beach.

Nakia’s story is completed in the credits.
Image: Marvel Studios

Revealing T’Challa’s son not only packs a huge emotional punch, it explains several dangling storylines. For example, in the film we never quite learn why Nakia—T’Challa’s significant other—didn’t come to his funeral. In fact, we don’t learn why she left Wakanda at all or how she mourned his death. This scene explains it all. T’Challa himself wished for his son to stay away from Wakanda. He also prepared him and Nakia for his passing, likely by telling them he was sick, which he didn’t do with anyone else. The reveal also explains what Ramonda’s “There’s something I have to tell you about your brother” line to Shuri meant earlier in the movie—a moment that gets cut off by the arrival of Namor. Finally, and much less exciting but at least worth noting, it offers an explanation as to why Nakia was calling Shuri at the beginning of the film.

And yet, on top of all that, meeting the boy also provides an even warmer, more loving, and deeper conclusion to the film as a whole. Shuri has overcome her demons. She rejected vengeance in favor of mercy just like her brother would have. She’s not like Killmonger, as she feared she might be. Then, just as she’s ready to move on, her family gets bigger, and heart fuller, thanks to this little boy. What could have been a sad ending of Shuri simply mourning her losses instantly becomes cathartic and hopeful.

No end credits scene in Marvel Cinematic Universe history has so expertly threaded that needle of cool future implications, while also wrapping up and being a crucial addition to the story you just watched. That it’s also a huge surprise and so overwhelmingly touching only adds to the reveal—and that it concludes with the film’s official dedication to Chadwick Boseman is the cherry on top.

Best. MCU. End Credits Scene. Ever. But maybe we’re wrong. Maybe you disagree. Let us know below.

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