How One Edited Line of Dialogue Totally Changed Black Panther's Ending

Disney/Marvel Studios
Disney/Marvel Studios

Fans often look at movie reshoots as a bad thing—jumping to the (often erroneous) conclusion that the reason more filming is needed is because things went terribly wrong behind the scenes the first time around. While that can be the case, they're more often used as a way to streamline a film's storyline. In the case of Black Panther, editor Michael Shawver recently told CinemaBlend that reshoots allowed the filmmakers to change a line of dialogue, which ultimately altered the movie's ending.

Spoiler alert: The ending of Black Panther comes full circle, with T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) not only explaining to the United Nations how Wakanda will help the rest of the world, but also by setting up refurbishment projects and outreach programs. The truly special part is that the first project shown is in Oakland, California, where T’Challa’s cousin Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) grew up.

The ending that fans know and love is all thanks to reshoots, because filmmakers believed the original ending would have left T’Challa’s journey unfinished, and in turn left viewers with a very different taste in their mouths.

"What we shot originally ... was Killmonger saying ‘It’s beautiful, but what are you going to do for everybody in the world who can’t see this?’ ... And it was great. It was powerful, it was awesome, but it was problematic," Shawver explained.

The original ending featured T’Challa’s United Nations speech, which is now in the mid-credits, but showed nothing of the work that he and Shuri (Letitia Wright) had begun.

Fortunately, Shawver and co-writer/director Ryan Coogler noticed this narrative hole prior to reshoots, which gave Coogler time to write a new ending for the would-be blockbuster. The filmmakers decided that for the film to come full circle, it had to end with T’Challa sharing Wakanda’s resources in Oakland, the childhood home of Killmonger, who had to die at the end of the film. The powerful scene even features a young kid who looks a lot like a young Killmonger.

“At the very, very, very end, the last line is that kid looking at him and saying, ‘Who are you?’ And that is the theme of the movie, of identity. Who are you? And he doesn’t need to answer it, because he just answered it for us,” Shawver said. See what a difference a reshoot can make?

How Much Are You Spending on Streaming Services? This Handy Calculator Can Tell You

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LightFieldStudios/iStock via Getty Images

With the recent debut of both Disney+ and Apple TV+, not to mention upcoming launches for HBO Max, NBC’s Peacock, and more, streaming services are officially coming for cable television’s throne—and might sneakily empty your bank account while they're at it.

While a monthly fee of $10 to $15 seems easy enough to justify if you’re willing to sacrifice a burrito bowl or fancy cocktail once a month, the little voice in the back of your head is probably whispering, “but it still adds up.” To find out just how much, MarketWatch created a calculator that will not only tell you how much you’re spending on streaming services every month; it’ll also add up the lifetime cost of all those entertainment expenses.

The calculator covers Netflix, CBS All Access, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Disney+, Apple TV+, and YouTube TV, and it also includes a whole host of add-ons that you might not even have realized were available. Through Amazon Prime, for example, you can subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels—but there are also more niche options like Hallmark Movies Now and NickHits (with iCarly, The Fairly OddParents, and other Nickelodeon classics).

As you check off services and add-ons, you’ll see your monthly bill on the right side of the total box, and the lifetime cost—which accounts for 50 years of streaming, adjusted for inflation—will balloon before your eyes on the left side. Below that, there’s an even larger number labeled as the lifetime “true” cost, which estimates how much you would’ve made if you had invested that money instead.

For example: If you sign up for basic monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Disney+ for $9 and $7, respectively, your lifetime cost totals around $16,200. However, if you had opted to invest that money, the 50-year prediction sees you walking away with almost $74,000.

Having said that, it’s understandably hard to look that far into the future, especially when Disney+ is tempting you with the Lizzie McGuire series, Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, and practically every beloved animated Disney movie from your childhood.

[h/t MarketWatch]

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

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Amazon

Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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