Black Panther was originally involved in a much bigger battle in Avengers: Endgame.
Editor Jeff Ford recently revealed how much of the brawl between the King of Wakanda and the Black Order's Ebony Maw was cut and shuffled around.
"We didn’t really shuffle it around a lot. I remember we did have a much more elaborate sequence with [Thanos’s henchman, Ebony] Maw," Ford told /Film. "His battle with Panther was longer. I remember we took it down because when they come through the portals, they kind of introduce all these characters into the story that haven’t been in the movie yet…Panther and Maw felt like, that’s not the story that we’re tracking, so maybe we reduce that stuff."
While Black Panther and the Wakandan army are the first to appear on the battlefield to aid Captain America during the finale, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is featured throughout the battle. Ford went on to explain how this came about and why. "We ended up making sure we had a cool shot of Panther, but it was like, 'Let’s make sure that every moment we engage in that section needs to lead us to that final confrontation with Tony and Thanos.' So there were a few things we reduced there for that reason."
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD.