Angela Bassett reveals a very important Black Panther: Wakanda Forever scene featuring her character Queen Ramonda was cut “to make a surprise for the audience.” In the latest interview with Variety, Bassett shared that she filmed a scene for the movie with child actor Divine Love Konadu-Sun, who is introduced to Shuri aka Letitia Wright in the film’s mid-credits scene by Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong’o, as her and T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) previously unrevealed son, Toussaint.
While recalling her character’s words before Namor (Tenoch Huerta) begins an attack on Wakanda, Bassett shared to the outlet, “I filmed a scene. I did, but you know — cutting room, readjusting and reshaping it,” adding “What does Ramonda say? Oh, ‘Shuri, there’s something that I need to tell you.'” “I went to Haiti, of course,” Bassett said of the deleted scene, in which her character physically meets Toussaint, who Nakia explains at the end of the movie was intentionally raised away from Wakanda.
She added to the outlet, “I met him, I was introduced to him… but it wound up on the cutting room floor.” Bassett then explained that the scene was cut “to make it a surprise for the audience and to Shuri” when Wright’s character meets Toussaint during the movie’s mid-credit scene. “It was the right way to go,” she told the outlet about the decision. “Perfect to go about it.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Bassett expressed once more that she was “just mortified” when she learned of Ramonda’s death in the Black Panther sequel. “I was not happy about that,” she told Variety. “I was not pleased. I was so shocked. I was… just mortified. You know, it’s like they gave you the greatest gift, and they snatched it away.” Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was released on November 11, 2022, as the final film in Phase Four of the MCU.
The film received positive reviews from critics and has grossed over $734 million worldwide, becoming the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2022. Angela Bassett starred as Ramonda, the Sovereign Queen Mother of Wakanda who is grieving the death of her son T’Challa.
Black Panther sequel’s plot synopsis reads, ‘Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye and the Dora Milaje fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with Nakia and Everett Ross to forge a new path for their beloved kingdom.’