In “Black Panther 2” an important character dies. Now the star has spoken about death in an interview.
– Attention: Spoilers for “Black Panther 2” follow! –
Director Ryan Coogler has teamed up Black Panther: Wakanda Forever faced with the near-impossible task of continuing to tell the story of Wakanda with dignity in the wake of the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa). Both fans and critics are enthusiastic about the result, as the box office results after the first weekend show. A share of the success should Angela Basset have that as Queen Ramonda succeeding T’Challa.
Viewers may have been even more surprised to learn that Ramonda dies midway through the Marvel film while rescuing Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne). Bassett has been in a conversation with IndieWire talked about her character’s death and explained that she was actually vehemently opposed to the decision:
“I was against. I said, ‘Ryan, what are you doing? Why? You will regret that! You will regret the end of Ramonda. People will be angry.’ He was like, ‘Angela, I know, I know, but look dying is not really dying in this world. It doesn’t necessarily mean that.”
It wasn’t until Coogler explained to her that death isn’t necessarily final in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and that she had to think of the numerous dead characters that have returned after Avengers: Endgame, that she felt comfortable with the director’s decision .
In an interview with us, the stars spoke about Chadwick Boseman’s legacy:
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Angela Bassett had to get used to the new role
The actress also explains that she felt a great responsibility to T’Challa’s legacy and had to settle into her new role as Regent:
“I had a responsibility. I remember the first day, the first scene where I had to sit on the throne. I asked myself, ‘How exactly am I sitting here? What’s the best attitude to convey who she is?’ The first thing you notice is that T’Challa/Chadwick sat here and should sit here. And then comes Killmonger, he sat there briefly. And who deserves it? Who has the right to sit here? Yes, in this moment, in this time, it is Ramonda. But how can I take this attitude? How can I lead?”
So the death of Ramonda in Black Panther 2 doesn’t have to mean the end of Angela Bassett in the MCU. Fans can stay tuned to see if the character might reappear in some form in the future. In the world of Wakanda, the afterlife would offer itself as a place to meet again, as we have seen in the previous two “Black Panther” films.
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