Although he is still on the road for this Clerks III Roadshow director and director Kevin Smith has taken to the internet to give his thoughts on Marvel Studios’ latest installment, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. He talks about his post Fat Man next podcast, Smith offered candid thoughts on the movie (particularly how many times he cried) and how a movie that defies every fan expectation was definitely for the best. Smith was quick to shout out Letitia Wright when he opened up his thoughts on the film, stating that he thought she deserved an Oscar nomination for how she handled her performance, which he thought was the sequel. Spoilers follow.
“I was already crying from the opening scene, and then when they rolled him in the Marvel logo it was like ‘Come on…’ It was an affair,” said Smith. “Whether you like this movie or not, whether you think it’s first-rate Marvel or not, how can you not feel the feelings of this movie. Man gone. They had a choice, they could have made two different movies… You hire someone new to be the Black Panther.” And you’re just telling the story of a Black Panther sequel, in the same way that there were several James Bonds, or several Batmans, or several Spider-Men, or do something that honors the death of the man who played a part.”
He continued, “So in a world where they lose their superstar and can’t do what was originally intended, unless they hire someone else to be the Black Panther, I dig into their casting. I know it’s not what everyone thinks when they’re like ‘We’re going to go see a Marvel movie.'” A lot of it was slow and about grief and acceptance and stuff.They tried to keep moving with some of the action sequences, but they tried to do something different and unexpected and I applaud that 100%… In a world you could have made a completely different choice and like, well, let’s move on Doing the movie that we were going to make, I think it’s kind of special that they did what they did. It’s like a $200 million alert.”
Smith spoke naturally about the film’s emotional mid-credit scene where it’s revealed that T’Challa had a son before his death, one who was named after his father and will apparently appear when he’s old enough to succeed his father as King of Wakanda and the Black Panther. Smith added:
“For my money, hand out the best part of the movie. You could have shot that scene and charged me double to see it and that was the movie, and then show the full credits after it without even a mid-credits scene, and I would have been happy with it. That would have been pretty cool. As a writer.” I was ashamed because I didn’t expect it, but as a member of the audience, I was very happy with this scene.”
Smith’s public admission that he cried profusely during the Marvel movie prompted someone watching the live stream to add, How much of the movie were you crying? to reply:
“I cried at first when he died off camera, and it was more about Letitia Wright’s performance that turned me on. Seeing someone be that broken-hearted guy, and pulling it off. I’m kind of sympathetic, so if someone’s crying, I’m crying with them. The rest of the movie isn’t. So much until the end of the sequence when she’s on the beach. It’s hard not to get emotional when they show the flashback footage of him, Chadwick. And then her perfect little performance, the sun hitting her face, that smile coming out of acceptance…that definitely got me emotional, so I was already kind of wet What when they get to the mid-credit scene.”
The director gave his final thoughts as well, stating that while it wasn’t the sequel we thought we’d get four years ago, it was the kind of movie fans have always been asking for.
“Was it perfect? black panther 2 We thought we’d get it when we first saw it Black Panther? No, but what a beautiful movie about losing and letting go. Which was made by a big studio, people usually get pissed off when studios don’t make something like that.”
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