Marvel Studios has always included scenes before and after the credits to keep viewers keen what to come. It’s where Nick Fury had his acting debut, where we first saw Thanos and Wanda, and where Captain Marvel was hinted at.
These are all significant, memorable, and captivating scenes. The best credits scene in Marvel Studios history, in our opinion, can be seen in Marvel’s most recent film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Black Panther Wakanda Forever Post Credit Scene Explained
There is only one post credits scene in Wakanda Forever, and it is in the middle. Shortly after the movie concludes, Shuri (Letitia Wright) is still sobbing as she burns her burial robe on a beach in Haiti, bringing an end to her mother’s and her brother’s grief as well. When Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) arrives to join her at that point, she is not alone. She is accompanied by a young boy. We learn that he goes by the name Toussaint (Divine Love Konadu-Sun) and that T’Challa and Nakia are his parents. Which does really make him the heir apparent to Wakanda’s throne.
Nakia adds that T’Challa kept Toussaint concealed because he wanted him to mature apart from the demands of the crown. Additionally, we learn that he once encountered Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett). Surprised yet pleased, Shuri says. As they converse, her nephew reveals one more secret to her. Tussaint is only his Haitian name, he claims. His father gave him the real name T’Challa.
The scene’s implications remain significant even after the waterworks halt. The fact that T’Challa has a son who will carry on his name and family line comes first, of course. That might position him to succeed Black Panther in the future or possibly to rule Wakanda. But it’s not because of those hypotheticals from decades in the future that this scene occupies the highest point in the MCU. No, it’s how filmmaker Ryan Coogler incorporates the twist into the story’s very fabric.
The revelation of T’Challa’s son not only has a powerful emotional impact, but it also clarifies other unresolved plot threads. For instance, the movie leaves us wondering why T’Challa’s girlfriend Nakia didn’t attend his funeral. We don’t even find out why she left Wakanda or how she grieved his passing. It’s all explained in this scene. Even T’Challa himself wanted his kid to avoid Wakanda. Additionally, he probably informed him and Nakia of his illness, something he didn’t do with anybody else, to help them prepare for his death. The revelation also clarifies Ramonda’s earlier in the movie statement to Shuri, “There’s something I have to tell you about your brother,” which is interrupted by Namor‘s appearance. Finally, it provides an explanation for why Nakia called Shuri at the beginning of the movie, which is far less interesting but at least worth mentioning.
And yet, in addition to all of that, meeting the boy also offers the movie’s overall climax a warmer, more loving, and deeper resolution. Her demons are no match for Shuri. Like her brother would have done, she chose mercy above vengeance. She worried she may be like Killmonger, but she is not. Then, just when she’s prepared to move on, this little guy makes her family larger and her heart fuller. What would have been a depressing conclusion in which Shuri simply lamented her losses turns out to be cathartic and inspiring.
No end credits scene in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever done such a masterful job of tying up loose ends and adding a critical component to the just-watched narrative. The fact that it’s also a major shock and incredibly moving just enhances the revelation; the fact that it ends with the movie’s formal dedication to Chadwick Boseman is the icing on the cake.
Best. The MCU’s closing scene. Ever. But perhaps we’re off base. You might disagree. Please comment below.