For more than a decade, the Marvel cinematic universe continues to be a powerful force in the entertainment industry and is not going to slow down. Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” was one of Marvel’s most anticipated upcoming films before its release, and fans are still analyzing every frame of the acclaimed sequel. The legendary Angela Bassett had an extended role in Black Panther 2, although she tragically died at the hands of Namor in the second act. And Basset also revealed the messages that her friends sent her after learning about the death of Queen Ramonda.
Fans were shocked when Ramonda was killed during Black Panther 2, and Angela Bassett openly revealed how she personally struggled with this emotional plot twist. In the end, this greatly advanced Shuri’s story, giving her the opportunity to become the next Panther. Although it turns out that Basset’s loved ones felt the same as she did, as she shared during a conversation with THR about her role in Wakanda Forever:
Oh, I love it. I like it, friends, it affected the audience so much. I kept hearing, “I’m sad and I’m angry.” I’m like, “Well, that’s how I felt.” A friend wrote to me and said, “The theater is literally crying.” — I wish I was there. It would be something to see. It would really be something to see and hear.” So many texts. ‘Why didn’t you warn me? I couldn’t believe it.” Or another friend, my college roommate: “I kept saying they have heart-shaped grass. Shuri will think of something. She’s going to come back. I held on until the end, because by some miracle Ramonda would come back. She will cough.” They wanted to believe that this was not the end.
However, the same thing. After Angela Bassett’s character, Black Panther, found herself in the spotlight in Ryan Coogler’s sequel, it was truly heartbreaking to see her die during Namor’s attack on the city of Wakandan. However, I don’t blame the star of “Waiting to Exhale” and her friends for such a strong reaction to her murder in “Wakanda Forever”.
Ryan Coogler had the difficult task of creating “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” after the death of Chadwick Bozeman. The women of the franchise have come to the forefront of the narrative, and Angela Bassett’s game has received universal recognition. In fact, she received an Oscar nomination and received a lot of awards throughout the awards season. And Ramonda’s death may well have affected the emotional impact of her performance.
What’s perhaps most upsetting about Ramonda’s death in Black Panther 2 is the fact that we’re apparently not going to see Angela Bassett in the Marvel cinematic universe anymore. On the other hand, in Wakanda culture, no one has ever disappeared. After all, Shuri caught a glimpse of her late mother on the Ancestral Plane during her last battle with Namor.
After the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, fans have a lot of questions, including who will lead the fictional country after Ramonda’s death. It also turned out that T’Challa had a son, which should have influenced, in particular, this plot point. We’ll just have to wait and see what Ryan Coogler has up his sleeve and whether Shuri and company will appear in future Marvel films like Avengers: Kang Dynasty.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is currently streaming on Disney+, and the next MCU movie will be released in theaters in “Ant-Man” and “Wasp: Quantum Mania” on February 17. In the meantime, check out the movie’s release dates in 2023 to plan your next movie.