Ahead of the home release of Black Panther, Marvel Studios unveiled a deleted scene from the film. The scene finds Danai Gurira's Okoye and Daniel Kaluuya's W'Kabi in the moments just after T'Challa lost to the throne to Killmonger.
After T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is overpowered by Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and thought to be dead, his family flees, while General Okoye of the Dora Milaje struggles with her oath to serve the current king of Wakanda. The deleted scene showcases her incredulity that the man she loves, W'Kabi, supports the usurping king. The scene doesn't necessarily suggest that Okoye ever fully bought into W'Kabi and Killmonger's delusions of grandeur, but it does offer some insight into her feelings for W'Kabi.
The film's editor Michael Shawver told The Wrap that this scene was by far the most difficult to cut. "Hands down the most painful scene to cut was [one] with Danai Gurira and Daniel Kaluuya," he revealed. "Those are two powerhouse actors and it was an incredible scene with so many layers to it -- boyfriend and girlfriend, it was general and her advisor, all those things. That was painful."
Other deleted scenes from the film included in the DVD/Blu-ray release include "U.N. Meet and Greet," "Okoye And W’Kabi Discuss the Future of Wakanda," "T’Challa Remembers His Father" and "Voices from the Past."
Coming to digital and 4K UHD on May 8 and Blu-Ray and DVD on May 15, director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka/Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue.