Black Panther producer Nate Moore reveals he personally asked Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo to rethink killing T'Challa in the film. The king of Wakanda was among the slew of heroes that horrifyingly turned to dust after Thanos enacted his deadly snap.
A veteran producer in the MCU, Moore was a co-producer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and executive producer for Captain America: Civil War. But the Marvel project that's arguably the most special to him is Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, considering his personal attachment to the socially relevant flick. This is also why, when he found out about T'Challa's tragic fate in Infinity War, he spoke out and asked the directors to reconsider their decision.
In a phone interview with Huffington Post about both Black Panther and Infinity War, Moore revealed that he tried persuading the Russos to spare T'Challa's life in the latest Marvel juggernaut. Apparently, the producer has known the fate of the king as early as 2015, but the idea was so perplexing to him, he still attempted to stop it from happening. "I knew pretty well what they were talking about and personally urged them to reconsider. But the storytelling made sense, so I love that we got to see a little bit more of Wakanda in that film, and I hope to see how they’re going to resolve that,” he recalled.
Continuing, Moore briefly addressed the negative response some people had after seeing the death of some MCU heroes, fully knowing most of them are confirmed for their respective sequels. The Marvel exec understands where all that is coming from, but he also argues that there's actually a good reason Infinity War had to end the way it did.
“Touching on all the different ideas you can have, you talk about the pros and cons of each, and they had some really compelling arguments as to why what happened happened. I think ultimately it made for a really interesting, almost more complicated ending to that film because of how well ‘Black Panther’ was embraced by audiences. Again, personally painful, but I understand the reasoning.
Moore didn't get into the specifics of how killing T'Challa necessarily made sense. But as far as Avengers 4 theories go, Infinity War killed off its second-generation heroes to pave the way for an original Avengers reunion. If anything, Thanos' snap was the perfect setup for what's in store for next year's Phase 3 capper by downsizing the number of heroes that the film has to include in starring roles. This allows for a more complex narrative that needs building up - something that fans expect considering the predicament that the Mad Titan left the universe in.
Based on Moore's comments, he's convinced that the Russos' creative choices in Avengers: Infinity War will ultimately be worth it. Unfortunately, fans will have to wait another year to see Avengers 4 to be able to give it their final verdict on the matter.
Source: Huffington Post
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