The future of the Black Panther sequel has been up in the air since star Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death. The anticipated film is being filmed as we speak, but we have very few things confirmed about it. One thing we do know though is the confirmation that they will not uproot Boseman’s legacy and recast to him, but that leaves the mantle of Black Panther empty and waiting to be picked up.
A lot of fans have guessed that the title would fall to Shuri (Letitia Wright), Ta’challa’s (Boseman) younger sister in the MCU, myself included. But recently rumors have been circulating that Marvel will not include the actor in the Black Panther sequel, the reason supposedly tying back to some of Wright’s past tweets.
Wright has been in some controversy for the past year or so because of some comments she made on social media regarding COVID 19 and the vaccine. Saying on Twitter, “If you don’t conform to popular opinions but ask questions and think for yourself you get canceled.” The quote was in response to the safety of the vaccine. After all the backlash, Wright also went on to say, “my intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies. Nothing else.”
Now a year later with Wakanda Forever officially underway and new exciting casting news, there has been speculation stemmed from TMZ that Wright might be finding herself written out of the film. TMZ believes that with the casting of Michaela Coel–whose character fans can’t exactly figure out yet–means that she is coming in to replace Wright in the main cast. There has been no confirmation in this yet, but with Wright’s past, these rumors have sent the Marvel fandom into a frenzy.
By Kendal Amos, Sophomore, Little Black Pearl