Angela Bassett objected to shocking twist in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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Angela Bassett objected to shocking twist in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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Black Panther actor Angela Bassett 'objected' to a shocking twist in Wakanda Forever.

Following the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman, the film was always going to be emotional.

The 43-year-old sadly passed away from colon cancer in 2020 and we'll never know what the second instalment would have looked like if he remained alive.


At the start of the sequel, Boseman's character, T’Challa, dies from a mysterious illness.

However, it turns out that another shocking death would be on the cards.

Angela Bassett plays T’Challa's mother, Queen Ramonda, and also features in the first film.

After a sudden attack on Wakanda at the hands of Namor, played by Tenoch Huerta, the Queen Ramonda shockingly dies.

Credit: Entertainment Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Entertainment Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo

Bassett says she initially 'objected' against the decision to kill off the mother and questioned director Ryan Coogler on the call.

She told IndieWire: "I objected. Yeah, I was like, ‘Ryan, what are you doing? Why?

"You will rue the day! You will rue the demise of [Ramonda]. People are gonna be so upset’. He was like, ‘Angela, I know, I know, but look, to die is not really to die in this world. It doesn’t really have to mean that’."

Speaking on playing the character, she said: "It’s a mother’s fierce love for her family.

"It’s even in times of grief, never forgetting who you are, where you’re from.

"Don’t forget always the old ways. Take the now and take something from the past.

"That sisters are leaders, and protectors, it’s all of that that’s in there, and it’s brilliant."

She added: "The audience is family to me, and theatre is sacred to me. And so I always think about how it’s going to last.

"It’s gonna last on celluloid or digital or whatever you want to call it. It is going to last when I’m long gone."

Credit: Sipa US / Alamy Stock Photo
Credit: Sipa US / Alamy Stock Photo

The synopsis for Wakanda Forever reads: "Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M'Baku, Okoye and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T'Challa's death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with Nakia and Everett Ross to forge a new path for their beloved kingdom."

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was released in theatres on 11 November 2022 and is now available to watch in most cinemas worldwide, perhaps apart from China.

Topics: Film & TV, Black Panther, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Film and TV, Celebrity, Chadwick Boseman

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