Letitia Wright’s anti-vax controversy would have almost derailed the sequel
film for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was almost seriously affected by the anti-vaccine controversy surrounding the film’s star Letitia Wright.
According to Deadline reporter Justin Knoll, who appeared on “The Town with Matt Belloni” podcast, production on wakanda forever was “absolutely disturbed by some of the things [Wright did]”, particularly his comments on the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. In addition to this, when Wright returned to the UK during production in November 2021, his vaccination status raised questions among executives about “whether she could come back” to settle at all, which was “a pain” for Marvel Studios, according to Knoll. At the time, Disney did not directly address the issue.
Wright has portrayed Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2018 Black Panther. The controversy surrounding Wright began in December 2020, when the actor shared a video on his now-deleted Twitter expressing anti-vaccine as well as anti-trans rhetoric. It was also reported that Wright shared these views on the set of Black Panther following, which she has since denied. “The report talked about my conduct on the set of black panther 2. I honestly say that was completely untrue,” she said.
Manufacturing on wakanda forever was suspended in November 2021 after Wright was injured in a stunt. Wright’s injury on the set of the Marvel Studios movie was first reported in August 2021, which reportedly took place in Boston, MA, where the production was filming scenes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The injuries, which involved a stunt device, were initially ruled minor, although they resulted in Wright being hospitalized. It was later revealed that Wright’s injuries were worse than originally reported, with the Black Panther star suffering a broken shoulder and concussion during the stunt.
Following his injury, it was reported in November 2021 that Wright’s unvaccinated status could lead to further production delays on the film. However, Wright returned to the set in January almost five months later, despite rumors that the actor would be leaving the Black Panther sequel and the MCU as a whole.
wakanda forever began filming in Atlanta, Georgia on June 29, 2021, but production has halted multiple times since then due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The film serves as a sequel to 2018 Black Pantherwhich starred the late Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther. wakanda foreverMarvel’s plot was restructured after Boseman’s death in 2020. “It’s clearly very emotional without Chad,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said shortly before. wakanda forever started production. “But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and the fans. We’re going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud.”
The Black Panther The sequel will see Angela Bassett reprise her role as Queen Ramonda, along with Letitia Wright as Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett Ross and Tenoch Huerta as Namor the Under. -Marine. An official synopsis released by Marvel after the trailer’s debut revealed that wakanda forever will follow these characters as they “fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of the death of King T’Challa.” The film also stars Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters November 11, 2022.