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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Image via Marvel

Image via Marvel

Remember the time when hardly any respectable actor cared to join superhero films? Yeah, what a time that was. Even some of the actors who portrayed those characters didn’t always feel like they were playing real characters. In the eyes of the mainstream, these comic book characters were little more than caricatures created to entertain kids.

Oh, how times have changed.

In the decades since then, the entire landscape has changed — not just for comic book movies, but the entire film industry. What was now once a small sect of the business is now it’s stake in the ground. Every year, several comic book movies hit theaters and makes hundreds of millions — oftentimes even billions — of dollars for studios. No longer are the stories low-key, low-budget, or self-contained narratives. They are part of an ever-growing ecosystem full of actors no one could have imagined joining the fray 20 years back.

In Marvel’s Cinematic Universe alone, we’ve had brilliant thespians like Robert Downey Jr., Robert Redford, Scarlett Johansson, Idris elba, Hugo Weaving, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, and Michael Peña all contribute to this world — and that’s just a few. Now, with one of their upcoming films, Black Panther, which is set to be directed by Creed helmer Ryan Coogler, they have hired yet another brilliant actress in the form of Angela Bassett, Marvel has announced.

Image via FX

Image via FX

Angela Bassett may not have a household name, but she’s been in plenty of classic films such as Boyz n the Hood and Malcolm X to secure herself as a topnotch Hollywood talent. More recently, the Oscar-nominated actress could be seen in American Horror Story, where in the latest season, she played an alcoholic actress who participated in a TV series that went horribly awry. 

Bassett’s role in Black Panther will be that of Ramonda, mother of T’Challa (a.k.a. Black Panther), who we didn’t get a chance to see in Captain America: Civil War.

Directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed), Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role alongside Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, and Florence Kasumba.

What do you think of this latest casting decision? Do you think Bassett will play a good Ramonda? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.

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SOURCE: Marvel

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.