Despite recent rumors of her possible departure, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever actor Letitia Wright shall continue with the film. The sequel, directed by Ryan Coogler of Black Panther, features the return of many familiar characters, including Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, Danai Gurira’s Okoye, and, of course, Wright as T’Challa’s sister and Wakanda’s greatest scientist, Shuri.
While it is unclear how the film will address the late Chadwick Boseman’s absence, Marvel President Kevin Feige has stated that the world will continue without T’Challa and that the following film will expand the history and inspiration of Wakanda. In a recent interview, Letitia Wright reveals how mental stress almost made her step back.
Letitia Wright wanted to take a step back
Wright has played Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Black Panther in 2018. Wright’s controversy began in December 2020, when the actor released a video on her now-deleted Twitter account containing anti-vaccine and anti-trans comments. Wright was reportedly said to have expressed these sentiments on the set of the Black Panther sequel, which she has subsequently denied. “The report spoke about my conduct on the set of Black Panther 2. I honestly assert that this was completely untrue,” she stated.
The production of Wakanda Forever was halted in November 2021 after Wright was injured during a stunt. Wright’s injuries on the set of Marvel Studios’ film were originally reported in August 2021, allegedly in Boston.
The award-winning actress opens up about her impressive career and details the struggles she faced on the road to achieving her dreams. Letitia Wright was depressed when she received the backlash from the public, further stating that:
“There might be some of you here that are going through depression, that’s going through a bad time and you are putting on a smile on your face and nobody can see that, but you know it and God knows it, I just want to encourage you, and I want to say that God loves you, and just let your light shine.”
Letitia Wright’s reaction to the outrage further fueled the fires of controversy. On the one hand, Wright apologized, saying, “My objective was not to hurt anyone,” but the actress also dug down on her anti-vaccination stance, claiming she was canceled because she did not adhere to mainstream opinion.
Letitia Wright felt Chadwick Boseman’s presence on set
Letitia Wright, who made her Marvel debut as T’Challa’s sister Shuri in Black Panther, has stated that she sensed the presence of her late co-star Chadwick Boseman while filming the highly anticipated sequel. While it is unclear how the film will address the late Chadwick Boseman’s absence, Marvel President Kevin Feige has stated that the world will continue without T’Challa and that the following film will expand the history and inspiration of Wakanda. Wright stated:
“I will always have moments on the set of doubt, and I’ll be like, ‘Oh man, I don’t know if I can do this.’ I could just hear [Boseman] be like, ‘Sister, you’re great. You got this. I’m proud of you.’ That just kept me moving forward,”
Boseman’s influence is still felt in popular culture. His breakout performance in Black Panther helped the film become the first superhero film to be nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.
Riri Williams, a young genius who becomes the hero Ironheart, will be introduced in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The film will arrive in theatres on November 11, 2022.