You can’t deny, one of the breakout characters from Captain America: Civil War was Black Panther. When it was first announced that he would be joining that movie, fans excitement grew as T’Challa would be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Actor Chadwick Boseman nailed the role as the superhero/King of Wakanda completely and fans are now eagerly awaiting his upcoming solo movie, due July 6, 2018. So far, this movie has made fans very excited with its cast. In addition to Boseman, Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaue), Florence Kasumba (Ayo), and Martin Freeman (Everett Ross) returning to the movie, a whole host of actors/actresses have been cast in the upcoming film. Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger), Lupita Nyong’o (Nakia), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Winston Duke (M’Baku), Forest Whitaker (Zuri), and Daniel Kaluuya (W’Kabi) have all be cast in the film. Marvel just announced yet another actor is joining the film.
Academy Award-nominated actress Angela Bassett has just been cast for Black Panther playing Ramonda, the former Queen of Wakanda, and T’Challa’s adoptive mother (after his mother died giving birth to him). Ramona’s husband, King T’Chaka died at the UN explosion during Captain America: Civil War, so it’s safe to say we’ll see her dead with the aftermath of his death. Bassett has recently been seen on the small screen with various roles in American Horror Story for the past 4 seasons. In addition to TV, she has an extensive filmography which includes many films including Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, What’s Love Got to Do with It, and Green Lantern as the first on-screen iteration of Amanda Waller (OK that wasn’t a good choice).
Her joining the already impressive cast for Black Panther is being greeted with a great deal of excitement. This is the first Marvel film that will be a predominantly African or African-American cast, and have the biggest budget for that type of film ever. If you don’t believe me, check #blackpanthersolit on Twitter and see the reactions from “Black Twitter” (yes there is such a thing) as many people of color express their pride in a film with such large cast of people of color for such a mainstream blockbuster film. Even if the film doesn’t do large numbers like the other marvel films (some think it may even exceed), it is an accomplishment for Marvel to increase their diversity in the films with such a dynamic character.