Marvel fans and critics have had big expectations for Black Panther 2 ever since the first movie premiered. Black Panther is at the top of many best Marvel Cinematic Universe films lists, and it is the only MCU movie to get nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. So there is a lot of hype surrounding the Black Panther sequel, but Angela Bassett assures that it will live up to expectations.
Angela Bassett reprises her role as Ramonda in ‘Black Panther 2’
Black Panther 2 will feature a lot of the same cast from the first movie, including Angela Bassett as Ramonda. Bassett’s character is T’Challa and Shuri’s mother and the Queen Mother of Wakanda.
In the first film, she served as an adviser and a guide to T’Challa as he navigated ascending to the throne following his father’s death in Captain America: Civil War. It is unknown what Ramonda’s role will be in the sequel.
Little is known about Black Panther 2, even though it premieres later this year. The cast includes Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, and Angela Bassett as Ramonda. And Dominique Thorne makes her MCU debut as Riri Williams/Ironheart.
Following the death of Chadwick Boseman, it’s reported that Shuri will have a more prominent role in the sequel than she did in Black Panther. Many fans speculate that Shuri will take on the mantle of Black Panther in the upcoming film.
Angela Bassett claims ‘Black Panther 2’ is ‘amazing’
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Angela Bassett teased what she could about Black Panther 2.
When DeGeneres asked if Bassett could tell her anything about the sequel, the actor replied, “Not one single thing. There will be a Black Panther 2 [in] November. Look for it in November. And it will be amazing. Our director Ryan Coogler, writer/director, perfect leader. It’s gonna be amazing. It’s gonna top [Black Panther]. Can I say that? Marvel, can I say that?”
To say that Black Panther 2 will be better than the first movie is high praise. But given the cast and crew behind the project, fans will not be surprised if the sequel is even more successful than Black Panther.
How will the sequel go on without Chadwick Boseman?
Black Panther 2 went through many rewrites and changes due to the death of Chadwick Boseman in August 2020. Marvel had big plans for Boseman, who played Black Panther in the MCU. And unfortunately, they had to pivot their concept for the sequel while still honoring his legacy.
When Ellen DeGeneres posited that it must have been hard for the Black Panther 2 cast to return to production without Boseman, Angela Bassett said, “It is. He was such an example, such a leader, an amazing talent. We all know that. Big heart, great intellect. We just hope to raise the standard.”
Marvel chose not to recast the role of T’Challa. But they also have not revealed who will take on the mantle of Black Panther in the sequel. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige did divulge that Black Panther 2 would further explore the world of Wakanda and its people.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever premieres exclusively in theaters on Nov. 11, 2022.