It’s 2018, by now we all know that there are some post-credit scenes after the movie. There are a few people who don’t know (or don’t care) and leave right after the movie is over. It’s like…dude…what are you doing??? These post-credit scenes aren’t only some little bonuses, but sometimes provide a bit of insight into what’s to come. They can set up the next movie or give some answers to questions that might’ve went unanswered during the movie.
Black Panther was an incredible movie overall — it even provided us with TWO post-credit scenes. Both are important to note and important to setting up future movies.
Listen Up Fives, A T(‘Challa)en is Speaking
The first post-credit scene is parallel to a scene in Captain America: Civil War. After everything that went down in Wakanda, T’Challa has made the decision to lift the veil that was covering Wakanda and start to share it’s resources. At least, the most important one: Shuri–I mean, vibranium.
This is obviously Very Big news because as that White Old Man pointed out, most of the world sees Wakanda as nothing more than a farm country. Shared knowing smiles were shared among those there representing Wakanda with T’Challa and you might’ve done the same.
For T’Challa to make this decision to show the world what Wakanda really is, is like unmasking another superhero. The world knows that T’Challa is the Black Panther, (see: Civil War when he takes off his mask) but Wakanda has always been shrouded by the cover story of being a poor farming country. It sets up so many things. And only time will tell if this is a good thing or bad thing.
But back to the parallel. If you remember, way back when in Civil War, T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka was also speaking to the United Nations before his untimely death. It shows that T’Challa has completely taken on the role of king, but also because he was doing it in a similar fashion that T’Chaka was. It’s clear that he’s already doing things differently than T’Chaka so let’s see how the world reacts.
And on the third day, Bucky Barnes rose again
As stated above, Black Panther blessed us with TWO post-credit scenes. Before we go into what the second one did (That) and what it could possibly mean, I just gotta point out that I called this -ish. Sorta.
Last we saw Bucky Barnes was in the post credits scene of Civil War, where he decided to go back into cryo because he couldn’t trust his own mind. He did trust the people of Wakanda to remove the Hydra programming that turned him into the Soldier.
If you read the Marvel comic book called, Avengers: Infinity War Prelude, then you know the basics of Bucky’s recovery. Shuri was the one to fix Bucky’s mind, of course, like would you even want anyone else to?? And it’s also one of her favorite things to do because “great, another broken white boy for me to fix!”
We know that Bucky is indeed fixed and raring to fight because he was shown in the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War, standing among the ranks of the Wakandan army and running into battle alongside his bestie Steve. This is all thanks to Shuri.
Hold on, hold on, we haven’t even gotten into the post-credit scene yet! Bucky has obviously been out of cryo for a bit and a half now — having been moved from the lab to a hut in a peaceful looking part of Wakanda.
Let’s note some things: he steps out of that hut looking like a zen motherf-er. Dude’s def been doing some yoga and mediation since Shuri fixed his brain. He’s even caught up with the rest of the hipster world and tied his hair back in a nice looking man-bun, which is My Weakness. But most importantly, the red and blue robes/blankets he’s wearing.
This can be chalked up to something as simple as it being his colors, but this is Marvel. And Marvel has been hinting at Bucky’s future as Captain America for a while now — ever since he picked up the shield way back when in Captain America: The First Avenger. Are we reading too much into this? Perhaps. But perhaps not.
One last thing to note in this Bucky Barnes post-credit scene is what the little kids of Wakanda called him as they passed him: White Wolf. Now, obviously he is, uh, white, but again, this is Marvel. Could they possibly be alluding to the alter ego of T’Challa’s adopted older brother aka Hunter. In the comics, White Wolf was the leader of the Wakandan secret police, the Hatut Zeraze.
The backstory of White Wolf doesn’t fit with Bucky’s storyline at all; he’s not related to T’Challa and doesn’t hold any ill will toward Wakanda or the Black Panther — since he was essentially saved by them. I don’t see any reason why we would see Bucky take on such a role such as White Wolf. But it is possible that there might be something like that happening, maybe he’s now Wakanda’s adopted son or maybe he’ll take on a leadership role that’s White Wolf-esque, especially when his bestie Steve comes to Wakanda with a battle following closely behind him. Or maybe they just call him that because A. He’s white and B. He literally had his brain rearranged and has to live through a lot of memories again so he probably spends most of his time screaming, which can be interpreted as howls.
Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th.