Black Panther Stars Surprised The Russo Brothers With Unscripted Chants

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One of the most amazing moments from Avengers: Infinity War takes place in Wakanda. That’s not a surprise because Wakanda is freaking amazing.

The scene is the one with the remaining Avengers and the fighters of Wakanda preparing to let down a small section of shielding around the capital city in order to fight the Black Order and their army. As they wait, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) calls out to his people who answer in kind. The chant “Yibambe” means to “hold fast” in Xhosa.

For those of us who have seen Black Panther, that’s not a surprise. For the Russo Brothers, however, it definitely was.

Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War were both filming at around the same time. Part of it was for the ease of the actors. On the commentary track for Infinity War, Joe and Anthony Russo admitted to being surprised when the Black Panther cast began to chant. It was a totally unscripted moment.

“We did not know — because we had not seen Black Panther because they were still making Black Panther — about their war chants. And they just started doing it,” Joe Russo said.

Winston Duke, who plays M’Baku, was the one who led the chants. Given what we know about Duke, it’s honestly not even surprising that he did so.

Joe Russo continued, “And after watching Winston doing it in the opening of the sequence, it led to the responding war cry that T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) leads. A year ahead of time, we had no idea ‘Wakanda forever!’ was going to be amazing.”

Avengers: Infinity War is currently available on digital and will be available on Blu-ray on August 14th.

Bec Heim