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Filming for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was nearly severely affected by the anti-vaccine controversy surrounding the movie’s star Letitia Wright.

According to Deadline reporter Justin Knoll, who appeared on the podcast “The Town with Matt Belloni,” manufacturing on Wakanda Forever was “completely disrupted by a number of the stuff [Wright did],” notably her feedback concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. On prime of that, when Wright returned to the United Kingdom throughout manufacturing in November 2021, her vaccination standing raised questions amongst executives about “whether or not she may come again” to set in any respect, which was “a ache” for Marvel Studios, in response to Knoll. At the time, Disney didn’t handle the matter straight.

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Wright has portrayed Shuri within the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2018’s Black Panther. The controversy surrounding Wright started in December 2020, when the actor shared a video on her now-deleted Twitter expressing anti-vaccine in addition to anti-trans rhetoric. It was additionally reported that Wright had shared these views on the set of the Black Panther sequel, which she has since denied. “The report spoke about my conduct on the set of Black Panther 2. I actually assert that this was fully unfaithful,” she mentioned.

Production on Wakanda Forever was suspended in November 2021 after Wright sustained accidents throughout a stunt. Wright’s damage on the set of the Marvel Studios movie was first reported in August 2021, which reportedly happened in Boston, MA the place the manufacturing was capturing scenes on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The accidents, which concerned a stunt rig, had been first said to be minor, although they led Wright to be hospitalized. It was later revealed that Wright’s accidents had been worse than initially reported, with the Black Panther star sustaining a fractured shoulder and a concussion throughout the stunt.

Following her damage, it was reported in November 2021 that Wright’s unvaccinated standing may result in additional delays within the movie’s manufacturing. However, Wright returned to set in January nearly 5 months later, regardless of rumors that the actor could be departing the Black Panther sequel and the MCU general.

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Wakanda Forever started filming in Atlanta, GA on June 29, 2021, however manufacturing has paused a number of occasions since then as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The movie serves as a sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, which starred the late Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther. Wakanda Forever‘s plot was restructured following Boseman’s loss of life in 2020. “It’s clearly very emotional with out Chad,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige mentioned shortly earlier than Wakanda Forever started manufacturing. “But everybody can also be very excited to deliver the world of Wakanda again to the general public and again to the followers. We’re going to do it in a manner that will make Chad proud.”

The Black Panther sequel will see Angela Bassett reprise her function as Queen Ramonda, in addition to 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 Sub-Mariner. An official synopsis launched by Marvel following the trailer debut revealed that Wakanda Forever will comply with these characters as they “battle to guard their nation from intervening world powers within the wake of King T’Challa’s loss of life.” The movie additionally stars Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives in theaters Nov. 11, 2022.

Source: The Town with Matt Belloni, by way of The Direct



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