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‘Black Panther’ Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter Dishes on What Fans Can Expect In Sequel 

With Hollywood’s biggest night of the year in the rearview, fans will now be directing their attention toward the big screens as several big films are set to release later this year, including the highly anticipated Marvel sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” 

During a red carpet interview ahead of the ceremony, Deadline caught up with “Black Panther” costume designer Ruth E. Carter, who offered a minuscule detail about what fans can expect to see in the forthcoming action superhero movie. 

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 27: Ruth E. Carter attends the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

“Right now, I have just finished ‘Black Panther’ 2 Wakanda Forever,’ so I have a tiny break between,” the Hollywood Walk of Fame recipient shared before sadly revealing that she could not share any teasers about the film.  

“I cannot, I cannot,” she said before adding, “Nothing that you could take home, nothing that you could chew on.” She continued, “but it’s going to be a wonderful tribute to Chad.”

Carter’s work on the Marvel franchises earned the 61-year-old an Academy Award in 2019 for Best Costume Design, betting out Sandy Powell, who was nominated for “Mary Poppins Returns” and “The Favourite,” and Mary Zophres for her work in Netflix’s “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” and Alexandra Byrne for “Mary Queen of Scots.”

Not much is known about the Ryan Coolger-directed second installment. When reports about the new movie began to surface, Marvel bigwigs seemingly found themselves in a bit of a bind when fans began questioning the fate of the film’s King T’Challa, portrayed by the late Chadwick Boseman. 

However, last year, during an appearance on “The Ringer-Verse” podcast, Marvel Cinematic Universe producer and MCU vice president of development Nate Moore said, “You will not see T’Challa in [future Marvel films]. We just couldn’t do it.”

In an interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the Golden Globe-winning actress Angela Bassett opened up about filming with the Academy Award-nominated star, warmly noting that “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.”

As for the sequel, Bassett, who plays the role of the Queen Mother of Wakanda Ramonda in the film, told host Ellen DeGeneres, “There will be a ‘Black Panther’ 2. November. Look for it in November. It will be amazing.” She added, “It is going to be amazing. It is going to top [the first] one – can I say that?” 

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