Black Panther (2018)
- Spoilers (2)
M'Baku: If you say one more word, I'll feed you to my children!
[Ross shuts up, beat]
M'Baku: I'm kidding. We're vegetarians.
T'Challa: Wakanda will no longer watch from the shadows. We can not. We must not. We will work to be an example of how we, as brothers and sisters on this earth, should treat each other. Now, more than ever, the illusions of division threaten our very existence. We all know the truth: more connects us than separates us. But in times of crisis the wise build bridges, while the foolish build barriers. We must find a way to look after one another, as if we were one single tribe.
T'Challa: We can still heal you...
Erik Killmonger: Why, so you can lock me up? Nah. Just bury me in the ocean with my ancestors who jumped from ships, 'cause they knew death was better than bondage.
King T'Chaka: [to T'Challa] You're a good man with a good heart. And it's hard for a good man to be king.
Nakia: You can't let your father's mistakes define who you are. You get to decide what kind of king you are going to be.
T'Challa: I never yielded! And as you can see, I am not dead!
Erik Killmonger: I've waited my whole life for this. The world's going to start over. I'MA BURN IT ALL!
T'Challa: What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world.
Ulysses Klaue: What do you actually know about Wakanda?
Everett K. Ross: Um... Shepherds. Textiles. Cool outfits.
Ulysses Klaue: It's all a front. Explorers searched for it for centuries. El Dorado. The Golden City. They thought they could find it in South America, but it was in Africa the whole time. A technological marvel. All because it was built on a mound of the most valuable metal known to man. Isipho, they call it. "The gift".
[Shuri drives a car and runs over someone]
Shuri: What was that?
T'Challa: Don't worry about it, you're doing fine!
T'Challa: My suit is good.
Shuri: Old tech. Functional, but old. "People are shooting at me - wait, let me put my helmet on!"
Everett K. Ross: [to T'Challa] I have seen gods fly. I have seen men build weapons that I couldn't even imagine. I have seen aliens drop from the sky. But I have never seen anything like this. How much more are you hiding?
Shuri: [as a fatally wounded Everett Ross is wheeled into her lab] Great! Another broken white boy for us to fix.
N'Jobu: Yes, my son.
N'Jadaka: Tell me a story.
N'Jobu: Which one?
N'Jadaka: The story of home.
N'Jobu: Millions of years ago, a meteorite made of vibranium, the strongest substance in the universe, struck the continent of Africa, affecting the plant life around it. And when the time of man came, five tribes settled on it and called it Wakanda. The tribes lived in constant war with each other until a warrior shaman received a vision from the Panther Goddess Bast, who led him to the Heart-Shaped Herb, a plant that granted him superhuman strength, speed and instincts. The warrior became king and the first Black Panther, the protector of Wakanda. Four tribes agreed to live under the king's rule, but the Jabari Tribe isolated themselves in the mountains. The Wakandans used vibranium to develop technology more advanced than any other nation. But as Wakanda thrived, the world around it descended further into chaos. To keep vibranium safe, the Wakandans vowed to hide in plain sight, keeping the truth of their power from the outside world.
N'Jadaka: And we still hide, Baba?
T'Challa: If you weren't so stubborn, you would make a great queen.
Nakia: I would make a great queen because I am so stubborn.
Shuri: This corset is really uncomfortable, so can we all just wrap it up and go home?
Everett K. Ross: [T'Challa leaves a craps table] Hey, you won!
Thirsty Gambler: You know what? I'm just going to take these chips and set them over here.
King T'Chaka: What is wrong, my son?
T'Challa: I am not ready, Baba.
King T'Chaka: Have you not prepared to be king your whole life? Have you not trained and studied, been by my side?
T'Challa: That is not what I am talking about. I am not ready to be without you.
King T'Chaka: A man who has not prepared his children for his own death has failed as a father. Have I ever failed you?
King T'Chaka: Never.
Everett K. Ross: Why don't you give me the name of your supplier and I'll ask them?
Ulysses Klaue: He's right outside. Why don't you ask him yourself?
Erik Killmonger: I lived my entire life waiting for this moment. I trained, I lied, I killed just to get here. I killed in America, Afghanistan, Iraq... I took life from my own brothers and sisters right here on this continent! And all this death just so I could kill you.
Everett K. Ross: Quite the entourage, do you have a mixtape coming out?
Ulysses Klaue: Actually yeah there is, I'll send you the Sound cloud
[to his guard]
Ulysses Klaue: do you have the link?
N'Jobu: No tears for me, son?
Erik Killmonger: People die every day. That's just part of life around here.
Okoye: [to Killmonger] You are so full of hatred, you will never be a true king!
T'Challa: [on saving Ross] I will not abandon someone to die, when I have the means to save his life.
Okoye: I am loyal to that throne, no matter WHO sits on it.
M'Baku: Witness the strength of the Jabari... first-hand!
[picks up W'Kabi and throws him into the field surrounding the Wakandans]
Shuri: When you said you'd bring me to California when I was a kid, I thought you meant Coachella, or Disneyland. Where are we?
T'Challa: This is the building where our uncle lived, where our father killed him.
Shuri: [sees a condemnation notice] They're tearing it down. Good.
T'Challa: They are not tearing it down, not anymore. I bought the building. And that one... and that one.
T'Challa: How are you feeling today, Mama?
Ramonda: Proud. Your father and I would talk about this day all the time. He is with us. And it is your time to be king.
Nakia: It is my duty to fight for who I... for the things I love.
T'Challa: You will destroy the world, Wakanda included!
Erik Killmonger: The world took everything away from me! Everything I ever loved! But I'ma make sure we're even. I'ma track down anyone who would even think of being loyal to you! And I'ma put their ass in the dirt, right next to Zuri!
Erik Killmonger: When I tell you to do something, I mean that shit.
[post-credits scene: in a small village at Wakanda, Bucky comes out of a hut. He looks around. A group of children call him "White Wolf". He approaches Shuri]
Shuri: Good morning, Sergeant Barnes.
Bucky Barnes: Bucky.
Shuri: How are you feeling?
Bucky Barnes: Good.
Bucky Barnes: Thank you.
[Shuri starts walking away]
Shuri: Much more for you to learn.
[Bucky pauses for a moment, looking at the landscape, then follows Shuri]
Ulysses Klaue: [blasts a safe and sends the money falling everywhere] I made it rain!
W'Kabi: You let the refugees in, you let in all their problems.
Nakia: [to Ross] The king is dead. Come with me if you don't want to join him!
King T'Chaka: [to his brother] Did you think you were the only spy we sent to the States?
[Zuri reveals himself]
Ulysses Klaue: [to a mirror in an interrogation room] Hello.
Ulysses Klaue: [laughs] I can see you! I can. I can see you.
[Klaue makes kissing noises as TChalla glares at him behind the screen]
Everett K. Ross: My intel reports that the chunk of vibranium you took was all that Wakanda had.
Ulysses Klaue: [laughs, then gets serious] ALL OF IT? I took a tiny piece of it! They have a MOUNTAIN of the stuff! And they haven't even scratched the surface.
[Killmonger takes a Dora Milaje hostage, Okoye hesitates]
Dora Milaje: Wakanda forever!
[Killmonger cuts her throat, Okoye screams and attacks him]
[TChalla confronts his ancestors in the ancestral plane]
T'Challa: You were wrong - all of you were wrong - to turn your backs on the rest of the world! We let the fear of discovery stop us from doing what is right. No more! I cannot stay here with you. I cannot rest while HE sits on the throne! He is a monster of our own making! I must take the mantle back. I must! I must right these wrongs!
Everett K. Ross: [to Klaw] That is quite the entourage!
[Killmonger is going to kill T'Challa]
Zuri: I had your father killed! Take me.
Erik Killmonger: I'ma take you both, Uncle James!
Ulysses Klaue: [sees T'Challa] You look just like your old man.
Okoye: Wakanda survived for so long by only fighting when absolutely necessary.
N'Jobu: I observed for as long as I could. Their leaders have been assassinated. Communities flooded with drugs and weapons. They are overly policed and incarcerated. All over the planet, our people suffer because they don't have the tools to fight back. With vibranium weapons they can overthrow all countries, and Wakanda can rule them all, the right way!
Ulysses Klaue: Let's have some fun!
[opens fire on his pursuers]
Ulysses Klaue: [singing] What is love? Baby, don't huuuurt me! Don't huuuurt me! No more...
W'Kabi: The world is changing. Soon there will only be the conquered and the conquerors. I'd rather be the former.
Everett K. Ross: Erik Stevens. Graduated Annapolis aged nineteen, MIT for grad school. Joined the SEALs and went straight to Afghanistan, where he wrapped up confirmed kills like it was a video game. Started calling him Killmonger. He joined a J-SOC ghost unit, now these guys are serious, they would drop off the grid so they could commit assassinations and take down governments.
W'Kabi: You let the refugees in, they bring their problems with them, and then Wakanda is like everywhere else.
Everett K. Ross: He
Everett K. Ross: worked with our CIA to destabilize foreign governments... during election cycles.
Erik Killmonger: You know, where I'm from... when black folks started revolutions, they never had the firepower... or the resources to fight their oppressors. Where was Wakanda? Hmm? Yeah, all that ends today. We got spies embedded in every nation on Earth. Already in place. I know how colonizers think. So we're gonna use their own strategy against 'em. We're gonna send vibranium weapons out to our War Dogs. They'll arm oppressed people all over the world... so they can finally rise up and kill those in power. And their children. And anyone else who takes their side. It's time they know the truth about us! I am Black Hitler!
[W'Kabi brings Killmonger in front of T'Challa and the Elders]
T'Challa: [in Xhosa] Speak.
W'Kabi: [to Killmonger] Speak.
Erik Killmonger: I'm standing in your house, serving justice to a man who stole your vibranium and murdered your people. Justice your king couldn't deliver.
[T'Challa stands up and approaches Killmonger]
T'Challa: I don't care that you brought Klaue. Only reason I don't kill you where you stand is because I know who you are. Now what do you want?
Erik Killmonger: I want the throne.
[Mining Tribe Elder laughs]
Mining Tribe Elder: [in Xhosa] My goodness.
[the other Elders laugh]
Erik Killmonger: Y'all sittin' up here comfortable. Must feel good. It's about two billion people all over the world that looks like us. But their lives are a lot harder. Wakanda has the tools to liberate 'em all.
T'Challa: And what tools are those?
Erik Killmonger: Vibranium. Your weapons.
T'Challa: Our weapons will not be used to wage war on the world. It is not our way to be judge, jury, and executioner for people who are not our own.
Erik Killmonger: Not your own? But didn't life start right here on this continent? So ain't all people your people?
T'Challa: I am not king of all people. I am King of Wakanda. And it is my responsibility to make sure our people are safe and that vibranium does not fall into the hands of a person like you.
Erik Killmonger: Mmm...
Ramonda: Son, we have entertained this charlatan for too long. Reject his request.
Erik Killmonger: Oh, I ain't requesting nothing. Ask who I am.
Shuri: You're Erik Stevens. An American black operative. A mercenary nicknamed Killmonger. That's who you are.
Erik Killmonger: That's not my name, Princess. Ask me, King.
Erik Killmonger: Ask me.
[T'Challa turns around and walks back to his throne]
T'Challa: Take him away.
[as T'Challa signals his guards to take Killmonger away from the throne room, the River Tribe Elder gets up]
River Tribe Elder: [in Xhosa] Who are you?
Erik Killmonger: [in Xhosa] I am N'Jadaka, son of Prince N'Jobu!
Mining Tribe Elder: [in Xhosa] Son of N'Jobu?
Erik Killmonger: I found my daddy with Panther claws in his chest! You ain't the son of a king. You're the son of a murderer!
Ramonda: [in Xhosa] You're lying!
W'Kabi: I'm afraid not, Queen Mother.
[W'Kabi pulls out a necklace with N'Jobu's ring, to the surprise of the Elders]
River Tribe Elder: What?
Mining Tribe Elder: [in Xhosa] You, the descendant of N'Jobu?
Erik Killmonger: Hey, Auntie.
[W'Kabi gives the ring to Ramonda]
Erik Killmonger: I'm exercising my blood right to challenge for the mantles of the King. And Black Panther.
Ramonda: Do not do this, T'Challa.
Border Tribe Elder: As the son of Prince N'Jobu, he is within his rights.
Ramonda: He has no rights here!
River Tribe Elder: The challenge will take weeks to prepare!
Erik Killmonger: Weeks? I don't need weeks. The whole country ain't gotta be here. I just need him. And somebody to get me outta these chains.
[T'Challa sits on his throne, looking at N'Jobu's ring]
Ramonda: T'Challa, what do you know of this?
T'Challa: I accept your challenge.
Ulysses Klaue: You... you want to go to Wakanda? They're savages!
[shows scarred brand]
Ulysses Klaue: This is what they do to people like us.
Erik Killmonger: I don't worry about no brand. Check these out. Each one is for a kill.
[shows scars on his arms]
Ulysses Klaue: You can scar yourself as much as you like. To them, you'll just be an outsider. Your crazy to think that you can just walk in there. And to think I saw you as a crazy American...
[Klaue laughs, Killmonger shoots Klaue in the head]