MCU film scraps iconic Iron Man-inspired scene

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been around for a long time, and Marvel has almost recreated one of its most iconic scenes Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022).

Letitia Wright as Shuri/Black Panther in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2021)
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Ryan Coogler’s sequel had many problems, but the film was eventually released and fans were able to see a Wakanda without Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa/Black Panther. Leticia Wright’s Shuri spends most of the film helping her country face a new underwater threat. Tenoch Huertas Namor and the Talokan Empire.

As Shuri and Okoye search for the American who invented a vibranium tracker, they meet Dominque Thorne’s Riri Williams/Ironheart. A young black teenager who is highly intelligent and is now in danger because the FBI and the Talokans want her.

Shuri (Letitia Wright) holds T'Challa's helmet in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
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Namor’s troops stop Okoye and take both Shuri and Riri Williams hostage, and the film continues with the next few scenes set in Talokan. Shuri spends time with Namor while Riri is being held captive, and Marvel just revealed that the film had an alternate vision for that part of the film.

Rather than just focusing on Shuri and Namor, the film would have developed the relationship between the two female characters and mostly kept them in the underwater cave. This difference would have been greatly inspired by iron man (2008) on how Tony Stark uses the terrorists’ resources to make his own suit instead of making missiles for his captors.

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark
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Black Panther 2 would have strengthened the relationship between Riri and Shuri as the two would be mostly trapped in the cave just like Iron Man. In conversation with The DirectRyan Coogler admits that the cave sequence really helped define how the characters would interact for the rest of the film:

A lot of those moments in the cave were definitely powerful, relationship-building moments for Shuri and me. That was definitely the first time that… We obviously know and connect these two characters with an incredible amount of brilliance, but that was it, sort of the first time they both realized, ‘Oh, you speak my language. OK, I don’t have to change. I don’t need to tone it down. We can just get straight to the heart of the problem.’”

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Iron Man (2008)
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Due to their technological skills, they use their abilities to offer Namor a solution to help his people with new technology. Knowing that the two are quite gifted, Namor accepts, and so Riri and Shuri are able to get materials to find their new way out, just like Iron Man did in the cave:

“They both work there from there, working on this thing for her that they say they’re giving in exchange for their lives, but all the while siphoning off materials and supplies to rig their own diversion and.” get out. And while they’re doing that, they’re just talking about life experiences.”

Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart
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Although this series of scenes would have been nostalgic, it was probably wise not to keep these scenes. Ironheart is already struggling with fans not being happy with how similar the two characters are, and a direct parallel like this could have angered many fans.

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