Black Panther: Wakanda Forever served as a love letter to both the characters and to the fans following the passing of Chadwick Boseman. Yet according to the film’s star Letitia Wright, a sequel to the project is a long time away.
Following Black Panther: Wakanda Forever winning an Academy Award for Costume Design and landing Angela Bassett a nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Marvel fans thought a sequel must have been well underway. However, the film’s star Letitia Wright says that the sequel has mostly stalled, not because of any issues with Marvel, but due to her own break from acting in 2022.
While there currently aren’t any confirmed plans for Black Panther 3 following Wakanda Forever, Letitia Wright admits she does have some ideas for her inevitable return to the world of Marvel. Namely, she wants the next project in the Black Panther saga to focus on Shuri getting brand new powers:
“She actually takes on a new form in the future,” She tells Inverse. “She really never dies, which is really interesting. She has these amazing crazy superpowers, and she’s an encyclopedia of information.”
What Letitia Wright is referring to is the storyline A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The story follows Shuri sacrificing herself during a battle with Namor, where she’s then put into a state of “Living death” by T’Challa to bring her back to life. During this time, her soul ascends to the Djalia, which acts in a similar way to the MCU’s Ancestral Plane in Black Panther, where she obtains an encyclopedic memory and brand new powers.
Given Namor made his debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, this could be an incredibly interesting direction to take Shuri’s story. Only time will tell when production on the third film will truly begin, but it seems as though Letitia Wright is ready for whenever it happens.
What did HH think of the Black Panther sequel?
In Heroic Hollywood’s review of the movie Ryden Scarnato wrote “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever picks up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, with T’Challa’s death becoming permanent due to Boseman’s real-life passing and the story now following the world of Wakanda dealing with that grief. While the film is an ensemble, it ultimately rests on the shoulders of Letitia Wright’s Shuri and Angela Bassett’s Queen Ramonda.”
“When it comes to performances, everyone here is at the top of their game, and you can’t help but think that’s because of how intertwined the film is with real life. With Wright and Bassett serving as focal points, the two are the strongest of the bunch, with incredibly personal moments that are some of the most heartfelt we’ve ever seen in the MCU. Shuri’s larger role in the film, in particular, also works for those who might have reservations.”
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