Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Will Top First Movie, Angela Bassett Says


The upcoming Marvel sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, will “top” its Academy Award-nominated predecessor, according to returning star Angela Bassett. Basseett, who will return to the world of Wakanda as Ramonda, T’Challa and Shuri’s mother and the Queen Mother of Wakanda, teased the sheer quality of the follow-up while appearing on The Ellen Show.

“It’s going to be amazing. It’s going to top [the first] one. Can I say that?”

After hyping Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Basset continued, heaping praise on her dearly departed co-star Chadwick Boseman. The lead of the first Black Panther, Boseman passed away in 2020 after a private battle with colon cancer, and Bassett and the rest of the talent involved in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever are hoping to make the best sequel possible in his honor.

“He was such an example, such a leader, an amazing talent — we all know that. Big heart, great intellect, and we just hope to raise his standard.”

The first Black Panther was a huge cultural, and financial, success. Earning $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office and receiving seven nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including the first nomination for Best Picture for a superhero movie, Black Panther went on to win the first Academy Award for an MCU movie, with wins for Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design. It’s going to take a lot to top that.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is Rumored to Introduce Atlantis & Namor to the MCU

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Plot details for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever are being kept typically under wraps, with Angela Bassett stating that she can “absolutely not” reveal anything about the highly anticipated sequel. A recent rumor, though, may reveal the general outline of the movie and claims that the MCU outing will center on a war between Wakanda and the underwater kingdom Atlantis. “Both Wakanda and Atlantis are hidden civilizations with advanced technology and increased militaristic abilities that decided to separate themselves from the rest of the world for their own safety, and in a way, out of fear,” the alleged logline begins.

“Wakanda feared that their technology would be abused. Atlantis feared that surface dwellers would come and desecrate the mythical city just as they did so many years ago. And yet their fears escalate even further when these two once-hidden nations clash with each other. Wakanda and Atlantis have a shockingly intertwined history. Wakanda is the only county in the world with access to vibranium. However, rumors of its power spread throughout the world, and Namor’s human father was sent searching for this rare material in Antartica…”

Directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stars Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett. Additionally, Michaela Coel has been cast in an undisclosed role, with Tenoch Huerta rumored to be playing Namor.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to be released in the United States on November 11, 2022, as part of Phase Four of the MCU.

Black Panther 2 Producer Knows Wakanda Forever Is a Tall Order, But Is Up for the Challenge
Black Panther 2 Producer Knows Wakanda Forever Is a Tall Order, But Is Up for the Challenge

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