Watch Ryan Coogler Break Down Black Panther's Stunning Casino Fight

Image: Marvel Studios
Image: Marvel Studios

Amongst its other virtues, it’s impressive how cleanly and beautifully shot Black Panther’s fight scenes are. In a new video, director Ryan Coogler breaks down the work that went into one of the film’s best.

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In this “Notes on a Scene” video from Vanity Fair, Coogler annotates the fight that takes place between the Wakandans and Klaue’s goons in the casino. His commentary covers a brief moment in time—maybe thirty seconds worth of footage—but he draws a massive amount of rich detail out of every shot, explaining color choices, how thematic relationships are illustrated in the fight choreography, and the challenges associated with getting compelling, dynamic takes.

In a fast-moving action movie, it can be hard to see all the thought and effort that goes into every kinetic moment. But Coogler has a real knack for breaking it down in a fun, fascinating way. Take a look below.

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Data Chandler

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, but in my opinion Black Panther’s fight scenes in Civil War were much better than the ones in BP.

(no real spoilers below, I guess, except for a super vague description of a typical superhero movie scene)

In Civil War the fights are well lit, cleanly shot, easy to follow, and all the punches and nailscratches seem to have a real, hefty impact.

In Black Panther’s own movie I thought a lot of the fights were heavy on the obvious cgi, full of quick cuts.

The first fight with the rebels and the climactic fight were definite letdowns for me. Dark, hard to follow, and the climax in particular had iffy cgi. With the glowy stuff it almost felt like a cutscene from Halo.