Following sequels for both Doctor Strange and Thor, Marvel Studios will revisit the previously hidden world of Wakanda with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever debuting in November. After the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman, other important supporting players look to step up into more prominent roles, which includes Boseman's on-scree family members in Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett.
Black Panther 2 will put the Wakandans into conflict with other factions in an epic battle, which is rumored to start after an incident with Dominique Thorne's Ironheart. Arguably the biggest threat in this massive sequel will be the previously unknown world of Atlantis, led by Tenoch Huerta's Namor the Submariner, as the Atlanteans show their might against their African neighbors.
Wright's Shuri and Bassett's Ramonda will unquestionably have to be ready for their share of fighting due to the plot, although they'll have plenty of support in Danai Gurira's Okoye and Winston Duke's M'Baku. Recently, Bassett teased some of what fans should expect on her part while also reflecting on her time with her dearly missed co-star.
Angela Basset on Black Panther 2 Fight Work
In an interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Angela Bassett shared a tease for some of her fight work coming in this year's Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Being the Queen Mother of Wakanda, Bassett's Ramonda still plays a key role in leading her country into battle if necessary. When asked if she'll be fighting more in this sequel, Bassett admitted that her character has "sure strength" that fans should look for during Black Panther 2's action scenes.
She also heaped praise upon the film's writer/director, Ryan Coogler, for his talent and his work on bringing Wakanda back into the spotlight:
"I really give a lot up to our director and our writer Ryan Coogler. He’s such a tremendous talent, and everyone that he brings on that set, everyone in front of the camera and behind the camera, so impressive, and giving a thousand percent of their gifts. So it’s a beautiful place."
She also looked back to her time working with the late Chadwick Boseman, who she met about 15 years ago at Howard University. Boseman was her guide at the school when she received an honorary doctorate there, and she marveled at how he didn't tell her this until after they'd wrapped filming on Black Panther:
“Maybe about 15 years ago, I was given an honorary PhD from Howard University. So I went there, and he was my guide, he was my student guide before anything and everything. He was an actor there, yeah. He told me that at the opening party, at the premiere party, and I was like ‘You could hold water! I can’t hold water!’"
She remained amazed at how he kept that information from her, even as they spent so much time working together on the first movie, calling him "amazing" as she closed her remarks:
"And we sat next to each other every morning in the makeup chair as we’re getting our lines and our accents and our work together for the day, and he was just so amazing and he reminded me of that."
Bassett Ready For Battle in Black Panther Sequel
It's becoming clear that Black Panther 2 will feature its fair share of action sequences due to the intense battles that the nation of Wakanda will find itself fighting. On top of that, without its King, Angela Bassett's Ramonda will have to take on an even bigger leadership role as she and her daughter Shuri work to protect their nation from danger.
Bassett didn't have much in terms of action sequences in the first Black Panther as M'Baku kept her safe during the Wakandan Civil War, led by T'Challa and Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger. This time around, that appears to be changing for her, although there is still plenty of mystery surrounding the specifics of both her role and her place in the fighting action.
However, that turns out, Bassett appears ready to put forth her best effort to give Ramonda a meaty story as she makes her second full appearance in the MCU. While fans have seen some of Bassett's character in battle during the animated What If...? series, the Wakandan Queen will translate that into the live-action sphere with plenty of thrilling moments.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will debut in theaters on November 11.