Black Panther Chadwick Boseman
Black Panther Chadwick Boseman

Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) had to be the first person to return from the dead in Avengers: Endgame, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo explain why. In an AMA on Reddit, one fan asked about the order in which heroes arrived through various portals and how the directorial duo chose who to have appear first.

“We spent a lot of time in the editing room playing around with the sequencing of the portals,” Joe replied. “We probably didn’t lock that section of the movie until about a month before the film was in theaters. We always wanted Sam [Wilson] to be the first one to communicate with Cap via his command Sam was last in Wakanda, so logically the first portal that would open would the Wakandan portal. And the first person that would logically walk through a portal from Wakanda would be the king himself, bringing his army once again to the defense of Cap and the world.”

Aside from the fact that it made sense narratively, Captain America seeing Black Panther’s portal with a knowing look on his face as if saying “help’s here” can be indicative of MCU’s current transition phase. Avengers: Endgame was the end of the road for a few of the franchise’s principal characters, and a new crop of heroes will take over their vacated spots which obviously includes T’Challa, as well as Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland). These second-generation heroes will be the next face of the universe now that the few of the original Avengers are gone.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Brie Larson, Paul Rudd, Don Cheadle, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira and Bradley Cooper, with Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is now available on Digital HD and arrives Aug. 13 on Blu-ray and 4K UHD.

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