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‘Can I Say That?’: Angela Bassett Declares ‘Black Panther’ Sequel Is Better Than the Original Film

The highly anticipated Marvel sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” won’t be out until later this fall, however, “Black Panther” star Angela Bassett already believes the sequel will “top” its predecessor. 

During a recent appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the 63-year-old spoke up about the upcoming film, looking more thrilled than ever for the big release day. “There will be a ‘Black Panther’ 2. November. Look for it in November. It will be amazing,” said Bassett, who plays the role of the Queen Mother of Wakanda, Ramonda, in the film.

CLEVELAND, OHIO – OCTOBER 30: Angela Bassett speaks in the press room during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

During the Monday, March 21, episode, Golden Globe Award winner said that without telling too much,  “It is going to be amazing. It is going to top [the first] one – can I say that?” 

Elsewhere the actress opened up about the decision to move forward with the project following the death of the film’s lead actor Chadwick Boseman and the impact his absence had on the overall creation of the film. The Academy Award-nominated star died in August 2020 following an extremely private four-year battle with colon cancer. He was just 43 years old. 

“He was such an example. Such a leader, amazing talent, we all know that. Big heart, great intellect, and we hope to just raise his standard,” the “Waiting to Exhale” star told host Ellen DeGeneres.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced in December 2020 during Disney’s Investor Day that in honor of late the actor his role as the Wakandan superhero would not be recast. Instead, the movie  “will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film.”

Production on the Black Panther sequel was stalled several times after Letitia Wright, who plays Ramonda’s daughter Shuri in the movie, was hospitalized for minor injuries sustained on the set in August due to an incident with a stunt rig. Additionally, several cast and crew members tested positive for COVID-19. The movie will see several of its original stars return, including Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, and Florence Kasumba. The film is scheduled to be released in theaters on Nov. 11.

 

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