Image Credit: Disney
Forgot password
Enter the email address you used when you joined and we'll send you instructions to reset your password.
If you used Apple or Google to create your account, this process will create a password for your existing account.
This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
Reset password instructions sent. If you have an account with us, you will receive an email within a few minutes.
Something went wrong. Try again or contact support if the problem persists.
Angela Bassett as Ramonda in 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever'
Photo via Marvel Studios

‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ star explains why she was against a pivotal scene

Ramonda forever.

Warning: The article contains spoilers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Recommended Videos

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Angela Bassett is explaining a bit more context about why she was against a certain pivotal scene taking place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel.

By now, it’s well-known that Chadwick Boseman’s King T’Challa has passed away in Wakanda Forever due to the actor’s sudden and tragic real-life death from a secret battle with colon cancer back in 2020. However, T’Challa’s death is not the only tragic and shocking moment in the film.

Spoilers to follow.

In Wakanda Forever, Bassett’s Queen Ramonda is one of the last threads of her lineage after the passing of both her son T’Challa and husband, John Kani’s King T’Chaka. But even Ramonda’s life is sadly cut short at the hands of the Tenoch Huerta’s Namor through the course of Wakanda Forever, leaving only her daughter, Letitia Wright’s Shuri, to pick up the pieces.

It’s a moment that serves as a veritable gut punch to the viewer and one that Bassett was originally hesitant to get behind. As Bassett explained to Entertainment Weekly,

“Queen Ramonda, queen mother, you know, who wants their mother gone from them, gone very far from them? You don’t, do you? No. She’s beloved. I love playing the queen finally and also the audiences love that the queen represents their mother.”

However, at the end of the day, Bassett’s faith in director Ryan Coogler’s storytelling sensibilities prevailed, saying the director “knows what he was doing because the collective awe when that hits you, I mean it’s just visceral.”

Bassett also said it was a challenge remaining tight-lipped about Wakanda Forever‘s plot details, even to her own children, because she tries to never lie to them: “I didn’t lie. I just didn’t say anything. [I said], ‘I don’t know, we’re gonna see.'”

Bassett also called the potential prospect of receiving an Oscar nomination for Wakanda Forever, which many commentators have predicted is a real possibility, “very, very, very, very, very nice.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is playing at a theater near you.

We Got This Covered is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
Image of Danny Peterson
Danny Peterson
Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'