Ramonda (comics)

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Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceMarvel Comics Presents Vol. 1 #14 (March 1989)
Created byDon McGregor
Gene Colan

Ramonda is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is the stepmother of Black Panther.

Angela Bassett portrays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

Publication history[edit]

The character, created by Don McGregor and Gene Colan, first appeared in Marvel Comics Presents Vol. 1 #14 (March 1989).

Fictional character biography[edit]

Ramonda is Queen Mother of Wakanda, mother to Shuri and step-mother to T'Challa. She is the second wife of T'Chaka.[1] Born in South Africa, she married T'Chaka after the death of his previous wife N'Yami.[2] Sometime after having Shuri, Ramonda was captured by white supremacist Anton Pretorius and suffered years of sexual abuse from him. When T'Challa found out where his mother was kept, he donned the Black Panther costume and rescued his mother. When Anton insisted that he loved her, Ramonda punched him in the face and left with her son.[3][4]

When Birnin Zana was attacked by terrorists, Ramonda was seriously injured, suffering several fractures and ending up in a coma.[5][6] She eventually came out of her coma and, despite the possibility of paralysis, managed to heal somewhat and now walks with a cane.[7][8]

In other media[edit]


Although not referred to by name, Ramonda appears in the animated Black Panther series voiced by Alfre Woodard.[9] She was simply referred to as Queen Mother.


  • Angela Bassett portrays Ramonda in the 2018 film Black Panther as T'Challa and Shuri's mother and Queen Mother of Wakanda.[10] Boseman noted that Ramonda "is one of the advisors that [T'Challa] would look to... for some of the answers of what his father might want or might do. She may not be exactly right all the time, but she definitely has insights."[11] Bassett wore a silver, waist-length wig for the role that was made from 120 pieces of hair hand-rolled into dreadlocks.[12] Corey Calliet served as Bassett's trainer, working with her before she began filming, and while she was on set, by creating high-intensity interval training circuits and helping to craft her diet.[13] This version of Ramonda is the actual birth mother of T'Challa rather than his stepmother.
  • Bassett reprises the role in the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame.[14]


  1. ^ Black Panther Vol. 4 #2–3
  2. ^ Black Panther Vol. 3 #27
  3. ^ Marvel Comics Presents #36-37
  4. ^ Black Panther: Panther's Prey #1
  5. ^ Black Panther Vol. 6 #4
  6. ^ Black Panther Vol. 6 #10
  7. ^ Black Panther Vol. 6 #12
  8. ^ Black Panther Vol. 6 #16
  9. ^ "Voice Of Queen Mother - Black Panther | Behind The Voice Actors". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved March 12, 2018. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources
  10. ^ Morse, Ben (November 21, 2016). "Angela Bassett Boards Marvel's "Black Panther"". Marvel.com. Archived from the original on November 21, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  11. ^ Breznican, Anthony (July 12, 2017). "How Black Panther aims to be the superhero version of The Godfather and 007". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  12. ^ "Black Panther Press Kit" (PDF). Disney. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 16, 2018. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  13. ^ Olya, Gabrielle (March 2, 2017). "Here's How Angela Bassett Will Shape Up for Marvel's Black Panther". People. Archived from the original on March 7, 2017. Retrieved March 6, 2017.
  14. ^ Hood, Cooper (April 27, 2019). "Every Character In Avengers: Endgame". Screen Rant. Retrieved April 28, 2019.

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