Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released in less than a year, but there’s more?
The release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is less than a year away, but there are still many unanswered issues regarding the film, especially those concerning actress Letitia Wright. When Black Panther hero Chadwick Boseman died in 2020 after years of silently fighting colon cancer, director Ryan Coogler and the MCU crew were dealt a heartbreaking curveball. Since then, the world has speculated on how Marvel Studios might respond in the sequel, assuming one would be made at all. So the team chose to go on, honoring Boseman’s history with Wakanda Forever and transferring the Black Panther torch to someone deserving of the role. Letitia Wright’s Shuri is one of the names that has come up most frequently in those discussions. However, the actress has been difficult to deal with in recent months, having taken a position against COVID-19 immunizations and then suffering an injury that required her to take time away from the film. The Shuri actress is now ready to go and return to set, although Marvel may have made some modifications while she was away.
Letitia Wright Causes Black Panther 2 Rewrites:
According to KC Walsh, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever writer-director Ryan Coogler and co. rewrote the finale of the sequel in the midst of Letitia Wright’s negative on-set antics. Walsh tweeted after reports of Wright’s dismissal from the movie surfaced, stating that the studio and actress’s split was a “totally bogus news story”
I’m not sure why I have to put this out there, but I feel like this fire is getting out of control because of a completely fake news article, but I’ve confirmed with my source that Leticia Wright has NOT been fired by Marvel/Disney at this time.”
He went on to say that though Marvel Studios’ crew “modified the finale” of Wakanda Forever because of Wright, they were not going to “rewrite and reshoot the entire picture because of her:”
“Anyone with two brain cells could have worked this out; they already modified the ending because of Wright, and they are not going to rewrite and reshoot the entire film because of her.”
The Letitia Wright Saga Continues:
This entire Letitia Wright saga is such a letdown for MCU fans. When she first debuted as Shuri in Black Panther in 2018, the young actress wowed audiences, and after the terrible death of Chadwick Boseman last year, Shuri seemed like the most obvious option to take up the Black Panther mantle. Wright had the opportunity to mean so much to so many people, much like Boseman’s Marvel hero, and she seemed to have squandered it all. The young actress is clearly generating some friction within Marvel Studios, and her personal convictions may have lost her a once-in-a-lifetime chance. While this does not mean she has been fired from Wakanda Forever (at least not yet), it does make sense that if director Ryan Coogler was going to hand her the Black Panther mantle in the beginning, Marvel Studios, Coogler, and his team make some changes and perhaps have someone else carry the Wakandan hero’s torch. It’s easy to understand how much of a headache Wright has caused the MCU brass in the last six months, but a complete retooling of a film that is already in production just doesn’t make sense. As Walsh indicated above, only the finale has been modified, which means that minimal reshoots will be required before the picture hits theatres next summer (as Marvel productions are accustomed to). After the film has been released, Marvel Studios may decide to part ways with Wright. On July 11, 2022, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be released in cinemas.