Letitia Wright Returns to Black Panther 2 Set After Injuries

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Letitia Wright reportedly returns to filming after having sustained on-set injuries almost five months prior. The British actor will reprise her role as Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film and first direct sequel to 2018's Black Panther. Black Panther 2 is currently scheduled to hit theaters on November 11.

The film from returning director Ryan Coogler began with a high level of public attention, as the passing of series star Chadwick Boseman in August 2020 left a gaping hole at the center of the franchise. Marvel Studios decided not to recast the role of T'Challa, shifting focus instead to Wright's Shuri, the genius younger sister of Boseman's character. However, production on the film hit a significant snag when Wright was injured in an on-set accident, sustaining a shoulder fracture and severe concussion.

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Now, BBC is reporting that the film's star has recovered and returned to the Black Panther 2 set. While production was able to continue for a time while she was being treated, her injuries proved more serious than initially believed, and the cast and crew went on a temporary hiatus back in November. However, a spokesperson for Wright confirms that "filming resumed this month as planned and we're on schedule" to meet the current release date.

Many fans of the Black Panther films and of the MCU in general will be glad to hear that Wright has returned to set, and that Coogler's highly anticipated follow-up is back on track. Others, however, may have more mixed feelings about the movie being so Shuri-centered, as much of the media coverage of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has focused on the actor's unvaccinated status. A rumor that Wright had exited the project for this reason gained significant traction online before it was eventually debunked, and a fan movement to instead recast T'Challa has developed a strong following.

Regardless of what fans believe should be Marvel's approach to honoring Boseman's legacy, everyone will be eager to see which path Coogler takes, as it has a significant impact on the future of the long-running MCU. The in-universe role of the Black Panther is one that changes hands, so characters like Shuri or Lupita Nyong'o's Nakia could succeed T'Challa, but that will require walking a careful tightrope on the film's part. One certainty is that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will bring audiences back to the fictional African nation, and for that at least fans can be unreservedly excited.

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Source: BBC

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