Angela Bassett confirms that these MCU characters survived Infinity War

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Jul 27, 2018, 4:09 PM EDT

Unless you've got some sort of black hole for a heart, you should still be grieving for those heroes we lost in Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet snap felt 'round the universe robbed us of Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Bucky, Drax, Mantis, T'Challa, Doctor Strange, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym, and Scarlet Witch. 

The remaining roster of characters (along with Captain Marvel) will have to find some way of reversing the Mad Titan's success in balancing out the cosmos. But what about the folks we didn't actually see die onscreen like Wakandan princess Shuri (Letitia Wright)? Last we saw, she was trying to back up Vision's mind before she was thrown across the room by Black Order member Corvus Glaive.

According to Angela Bassett, who plays Shuri's mother Queen Ramonda, both Black Panther characters are still alive and kicking. “No [I didn’t die],” the actress told Screen Rant. “Neither did my daughter. Shuri, she’s a bright girl there in Wakanda.”

In a separate interview with ABC News, Bassett elaborated on where the Queen Mother was during the events of the film.

“I think she’s still there in the throne room. Or she’s safely ensconced in the Wakandan Palace, because we didn’t see her ‘poof’ into ashes — her or Shuri. So mama and baby girl are going to have to right this world back together, because it was pretty much decimated in [Infinity War].”

If this is all true, then the mother-daughter team could prove invaluable in the plan to snatch the Gauntlet and bring everyone back to life. Keeping Shuri in the picture also helps bolster the theory that she'll be taking over as Iron Man from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), should he die in the final assault. This would be awesome and a wonderful nod to Riri Williams/Ironheart, who was recently introduced into Marvel Comics by Brian Bendis and Mike Deodato.  

Bassett is currently kickin' it as Erica Sloane, director of the CIA in Mission: Impossible - Fallout (now playing in theaters).