The Black Panther: Why Letitia Wright’s MCU Future Seems Uncertain

Following the unfortunate death of Chadwick Boseman in August 2020, Marvel Studios and “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler were forced to rework the plans for the Boseman-led series’ sequel. In recognition of Chadwick Boseman’s legendary depiction of T’Challa, Marvel confirmed in December 2020 that the role of T’Challa will not be replaced in the sequel. They would instead concentrate on the realm of Wakanda and the other famous characters from the first film.

Letitia Wright in The Black Panther

The production of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” began in June, with an initial release date of November 11, 2022. Production was recently halted to allow Letitia Wright to heal from an injury sustained on-site during a stunt. While they had filmed without Wright for as long as they could, all remaining sequences demand Wright’s presence.

In the flicks, Wright plays Shuri, T’Challa’s younger sister. While nothing has been verified, many fans speculate that Shuri may play a significant part in the sequel owing to Boseman’s absence – implying that there may be a big amount of sequences still to film. Now, a new event, again involving Wright, may cause the film to be delayed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, some Hollywood studios have begun to tighten their COVID-19 vaccination regulations for prospective movies’ cast and staff. Many studios have vaccination regulations in place for what is known as “Zone A” of a film, which includes the primary actors, director, and camera operators.

Letitia Wright/MCU

THR reports that Letitia Wright has not been vaccinated, after making contentious remarks against the vaccination last year. Furthermore, the Guyanese-British actress has returned to London to heal from her on-set injuries, making her return to set even more problematic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all non-immigrant and non-citizen overseas visitors must have proof of immunization before entering the United States.

Wright and Disney have made no public remarks on the matter.

Meanwhile, fans have reason to be concerned about whether Wright will return to finish “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

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Aditya Talwar
Aditya Talwar

I'm a 24 year old Lawyer, Born and raised in New Delhi, India. I'm an Anime Freak, NBA fan and a proud bookworm. Currently working as a staff Writer for AnimatedTimes & FandomWire, writing articles ranging from Marvel & DC to Hollywood & Anime.

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