You recognize the drill: whenever you see a Marvel film, you retain your butt in your seat till the bitter end, lest you miss the now-standard end-credit scenes. Typically the postcredits scenes find yourself which means nothing and are simply enjoyable interludes, the place others join the Avengers within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Black Panther‘s two postcredits scenes are each necessary to the MCU at massive, however the second is critical within the sense that it connects again to a earlier Avengers film. (Warning: spoilers comply with!)
That earlier level is necessary, as a result of not like most of the MCU films, Black Panther solely encompasses a couple characters (in addition to T’Challa himself) that we have already met in an Avengers film. That lets the film stand by itself, however the finish credit scenes – particularly the ultimate one – remind us that Black Panther, like Wakanda, is just not alone in its world. So let’s get again to the scene: in it, we’re in a village in Wakanda. A few youngsters stare down an individual sleeping, and when he stumbles out into the solar, we see it is Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). He is greeted by Shuri (Letitia Wright), who’s clearly there to verify on him. She asks how he’s, and says he nonetheless has work to do. Confused? Do not bear in mind whenever you final noticed Bucky? Here is what you forgot.
The final Avengers film Bucky Barnes was in previous to this was Captain America: Civil Battle. After being on the run – because the Winter Soldier, he had dedicated ghastly crimes – Cap has to maintain him away from Tony Stark’s wrath, whose mother and father Bucky had killed in 1991 whereas he was brainwashed by Hydra. Stark strips Bucky of his robotic arm, after which Cap smuggles Bucky to Wakanda, the place he has asylum. He chooses to return into cryogenic sleep (gotta preserve trying younger) since he is unable to combat the brainwashing himself. (It is also fascinating that Bucky results in Wakanda since T’Challa initially believes Bucky to be answerable for his father’s death, as he’d been framed by Helmut Zemo.)
So to attach the dots, Bucky has been in restoration, however is now out of cryogenic sleep, and being cared for by the good Shuri – which connects again to an earlier easter egg within the film, when she receives a dying Everett Ross and remarks that he is “one other damaged white boy to repair.” These phrases verify that she both has mounted Bucky or is nicely on her approach. Arm or no arm, he actually appears to be like nice when he greets her, which bodes nicely for his future in May’s Avengers: Infinity War.