Ryan Coogler Explains The 'Black Panther' Ending & Post-Credit Scene

SPOILER ALERT for anyone that hasn't seen the movie.

(AllHipHop News) With all the overwhelming praise for Black Panther, one of the legitimate criticisms about the film is the post-credit scene. Some moviegoers felt T’Challa's visit to the United Nations could have just been part of the main story.

Black Panther director/screenwriter Ryan Coogler revealed he had a different idea for the movie's conclusion. During an appearance on The Empire Film Podcast, the record-breaking filmmaker discussed that U.N. sequence.

"It was [almost the ending]. We played with a lot of different ways to end it. We went back and forth about the U.N., and we had a version where it was the U.N. before the scenes in Oakland at the end. But we really kind of settled on, 'How do we want the movie to end?'" said Coogler. "And it came back to that symmetry. It came back to the most moving version of it. That’s what we were asking ourselves, ‘Who’s more moved emotionally, that kid or the people sitting in the U.N.? Who is that a bigger deal to for T’Challa to walk in, who’s more connected to him?'"

That idea of impactful childhood memories played a role in settling on the version that made it to theaters. The 31-year-old former USC School of Cinematic Arts student incorporated that meaningful experience into the final frames of the Marvel blockbuster.

“As a kid growing up, when you see somebody who looks like an older version of you doing something awesome, it’s like, ‘What’s going on?’ That's kind of like what that moment is," explained Coogler. "We kind of went with the less distilled emotion, and the U.N. [scene] makes sense afterwards for where Wakanda could be going in the future of this universe.”