This Deleted ‘Black Panther’ Scene Is The Deeper Dive We Needed Into Okoye and W’Kabi’s Marriage

Months later, we’re still not done discussing the many layers of cultural commentary found within blockbuster (and record-breaking!) film Black Panther.

From the wonderful world of Wakanda to the dynamic relationships between the characters, we’ve all pledged our allegiance to T’Challa and the fictional land he leads in the Marvel Universe.

One of the relationships fans have been most invested in from the start is the one between Danai Gurira’s character Okoye and her husband, W’Kabi, played by Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya.

In a newly released deleted scene, we see the couple argue over what’s important, loyalty to each other or Wakanda? It’s an intense conversation that adds even more depth to the couple’s love story and sparks further discussion about the meaning of that iconic scene they shared toward the end of the move in which Okoye chose to fight for Wakanda over saving her marriage. 

The scene highlights the tense dynamic between Okoye, the unwavering and committed general of the Dora Milage, and W’Kabi, leader T’Challa’s right-hand-man, as they try to navigate how their current circumstances will affect their relationship and change their future. The two find themselves on opposite ends of an argument when Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger comes to Wakanda and successfully challenges T’Challa for the throne. Unsettled by W’Kabi’s quick abandonment of allegiance, Okoye questions what the future of their relationship would look like. 

Black Panther is available digitally on May 8th and on DVD, May 15th.