Letitia Wright has returned to the set of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but let’s just say that many fans aren’t thrilled to have her back in the MCU.
In the highly-anticipated sequel to Marvel’s 2016 superhero film, Black Panther, Letitia Wright reprises her role as King T’Challa’s super scientist sister, Shuri, but her presence in the next film has received some flak. Shuri, who was introduced in the first Black Panther film for her humorous one-liners and banter with T’Challa, played by the late Chadwick Boseman, became a fan favourite character.
As a result, when Marvel announced a sequel film in December of 2020, fans were ecstatic to witness Letitia’s return to the big screen. That is, until the epidemic. Because, during the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, Letitia stirred up some serious controversy when she turned to Twitter to promote an anti-vaccination video, and she fired back at people on social media who chastised her for promoting misinformation.
Many MCU fans demanded that Letitia Wright be recast in subsequent Black Panther films, but she was soon revealed to be playing Shuri in Wakanda Forever. In the midst of all the outrage from MCU fans, it looks that Letitia Wright is ruffling some feathers and causing probable delays on the production of her future film due to her immunisation status and an unanticipated injury.
Letitia Wright released a statement in August saying that she had sustained a serious injury while filming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in the United States and will be heading home to London to recover. Production on the film came to a halt when the team discovered that they would have to film without Letitia Wright, who is said to play the major part in the film. Wakanda Forever has started production after a holiday break, and Letitia Wright is now back on set, however her immunisation status is still unknown.
According to some accounts, Letitia is not vaccinated, which might have caused production delays due to tight COVID standards on movie sets and, more lately, travel. Due to CDC regulations, Letitia would have to produce confirmation of vaccination in order to board an aircraft and return to Atlanta from the United Kingdom to start shooting.
And now that she’s back on site, it’s safe to say that some fans aren’t overjoyed about her return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “We don’t want her,” one Instagram user commented about Letitia. “We adore playing a girl of science despite not believing in science,” wrote another Marvel fan. “I’m simply waiting for the soundtrack,” this guy quipped. So…yeah, it appears like the production of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is proceeding swimmingly.
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