Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Angela Bassett says she initially opposed the idea of Queen Ramonda dying in the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel.
During an interview with IndieWire, Bassett recalled protesting the conclusion of Queen Ramonda’s arc to Wakanda Forever director and co-writer Ryan Coogler. However, she eventually came to understand Coogler’s perspective on the matter. “I objected,” Bassett said. “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.'”
She continued, “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.'” Bassett then thought back to Avengers: Endgame, in which the many characters who had been dusted by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War were brought back to life. With that in mind, Bassett came to the conclusion that despite her death in Wakanda Forever, Queen Ramonda could still return one day. “All kinds of crazy things happen,” she said.
In Wakanda Forever, Ramonda dies during Namor’s (Tenoch Huerta Mejía) attack on the Wakandan capital city. After the Sub-Mariner floods the area just beneath Ramonda’s throne room, the queen attempts to rescue the drowning Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne). When the two return to the surface, Riri is resuscitated, while Ramonda isn’t quite so fortunate.
Ramonda’s death prompts Shuri (Letitia Wright) to revisit her attempts to create a synthetic Heart-Shaped Herb. Shuri is ultimately successful, allowing her to finally receive the powers of the Black Panther. The new Black Panther then embarks on quest to avenge her fallen mother, setting the events of the film’s climax into motion.
The sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, Wakanda Forever released in theaters on Friday, Nov. 11. The film has been well-received by critics and audiences alike, currently holding a “Certified Fresh” rating of 84 percent on Rotten Tomatoes against an audience score of 95 percent. The film has also already proven to be a financial success for Marvel Studios, having made $546.3 million worldwide after two weekends in release.
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