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‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler Explains Why Bucky Was Missing In The Film
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Letitia Wright as Shuri In Black Panther

When Captain America: Civil War ended, fans got to see what happened to Bucky (Sebastian Stan). With the help of T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Bucky were granted refuge for their acts against the Sokovia Accords. In order to protect Wakanda and himself, Bucky willingly asked to be put in a cryogenic sleep. At the time, it was unclear if he would ever wake up. Then the Avengers: Infinity War trailer came out and we saw him, along with his fellow Avengers, charging towards an unknown enemy. So that led to some speculation that we would at least see him in some sort of capacity in Black Panther.

Well, he wasn’t in it, at least not until the very end. So, what is with his absence? In a new interview with director Ryan Coogler, the filmmaker talks about the Winter Soldier’s absence. There are some spoilers, but if you have already seen the film or are just interested in knowing, find out what he had to say below.

In an interview with Empire (via Collider), Coogler says:

“[A Bucky scene] was something that was always—it was a Shuri thing, because in our world we kind of figured that Bucky Barnes would be her assignment. We kind of drop the hint at that when they bring Ross in and she’s like, ‘Oh another one.’ So we dropped hints in there, but what we kind of decided was that her cracking his mental code, if Shuri’s as smart as she is, that wouldn’t really be a big problem.”

If you recall, Ross was severely injured in the second act of Black Panther, which forced T’Challa to bring him to Wakanda so that he can be cared for properly by Shuri. Hence the “Great! Another broken white boy for us to fix!”

While funny, if Bucky had been directly involved or even subtly involved, it would have taken away from the film. So the decision to keep his appearance until the very end was the right choice for Black Panther.

And then there is another problem if they had brought him back, something Coogler did not shy away from:

But Bucky would have horrible PTSD, he would need spiritual guidance. The last thing he would need to do is jump into that Civil War, and so that was kind of the thought process there. And it could be potentially problematic if it’s a bunch of Africans fighting and you bring in a White dude, he comes in shootin’ people (laughs). We were aware of that. Bucky’s not trained to neutralize people peacefully, he’s an assassin. We were like, ‘I don’t know if we can do that…’” (laughs)

Not sure what that would have looked like on the big screen, but I imagine that the reaction would not have been pretty. So lucky, Bucky was kept until the end, where he looked calm and at peace – for the time being at least.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of new features Shuri will give to Bucky’s metal arm or if it will just be a standard arm. We will just have to wait and see.

Black Panther is out in theaters now.

[Source: Empire via Collider]

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