New details have emerged of the ways in which Letitia Wright’s anti-vaccine stance during the pandemic caused issues for Marvel Studios in the production of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, Letitia Wright became a vocal opponent of Covid vaccines on social media. This sparked some understandable backlash, but also caused some very real issues for Marvel Studios, who were in the midst of production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in which Wright plays a key role.
Like all film studios working through the pandemic, Marvel had to abide by appropriate Covid safety measures and an unvaccinated star who was courting very public controversy was a difficult complication for the studio.
Letitia Wright’s ‘Wakanda Forever’ Disruption
In an appearance on the podcast The Town with Matt Beloni, Deadline reported Justin Kroll revealed details of the way in which Letitia Wright’s comments and anti-vaccine stance caused problems for Marvel on the Black Panther sequel.
Speaking on the podcast, Kroll said that production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was “absolutely disrupted by some of the stuff [Letitia Wright did],” specifically her comments on social media regarding Covid vaccines.
During production on Wakanda Forever, Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri in the Black Panther franchise, had taken a trip to the UK. Her ambiguous vaccination status apparently raised “questions about whether she could come back,” causing “a pain” for Marvel Studios.
Kroll also noted that “once [Letitia Wright] started being vocal, you didn’t hear her name for [roles],” saying the controversy she was stirring up was pushing producers away. However, the reporter noted that that initial reaction “doesn’t mean that after Black Panther 2, it won’t change.”
Here is the synopsis for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever:
“In Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,’ Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba), fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda.”
Directed by Ryan Coogler from a script he co-wrote with Joe Robert Cole, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit theaters on November 11, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming MCU movie, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original content.
Source: The Town with Matt Beloni