Why Black Panther Returned First in Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame directors the Russos address the order in which the fallen heroes returned.

Chadwick Boseman as Marvel's Black Panther

This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is now the highest grossing movie of all time and the DVD and Blu-ray release coming this week, affording us all a chance to pore over the action once again. Ahead of that, directors Joe and Anthony Russo took part in a Reddit AMA (or “Ask Us Anything” as Anthony points out on his intro card).

As part of this (as spotted by CBR) the guys got into the reasons behind the order of who was first through the portal to come to Captain America’s aid in his showdown against Thanos.

As you’ll recall, the surviving Avengers are having their asses handed to them by the mad titan, with Cap squaring up for a fight he probably can’t win, when he gets a message through from Falcon (Anthony Mackie). The first portal opens, but it’s Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the Wakandans who walk through first.

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Unsurprisingly the order of reappearance was very deliberate. Here’s how Joe Russo explained the decision.

“We spent a lot of time in the edit room playing around with the sequencing of the portals. We probably didn’t lock that section of the movie until about a month before the film was in theaters. We always wanted Sam [Wilson] to be the first one to communicate with Cap via his comm and Sam was last in Wakanda, so logically the first portal that would open would the Wakandan portal. And the first person that would logically walk through a portal from Wakanda would be the king himself, bringing his army once again to the defense of Cap and the world.”

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Makes total sense.

When the home ents release lands we’re fully expecting a whole range of new spots and theories. For now, here’s everything announced for Marvel phase four so far.

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