‘Black Panther 2' Will Resume Production with Letitia Wright despite Rumors
For months now, Letitia Wright has been surrounded by controversies and rumors stating that she was fired from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, a sequel to 2018's Black Panther.
The speculation spurred after she took a sudden break from filming amid her anti-vaccine controversy.
And the internet has been rife with the question, "Will we see Letitia Wright in Black Panther 2?" Read on to find out.
'Black Panther' star Letitia Wright on Vaccine Controversy
In November 2018, Deadline reported Wright would reprise her role as Shuri and take the title of Black Panther, previously helmed by late actor Chadwick Boseman.
Since the announcement, Wright has been embroiled in controversies.
The first one came around 2020 when Wright retweeted a video that apparently carried anti-vaccination connotations.
Letitia Wright as Shuri and Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa in 'Black Panther.' (Photo: Instagram)
The video questioned whether COVID-19 vaccines were safe and effective.
As soon as the video made it to the internet, users worldwide threw backlashes and blamed Wright for being an anti-vaxxer.
Wright deleted the post and clarified what she meant through another tweet.
"My intention was not to hurt anyone," she began her statement, stressing that the intention behind sharing the video was to raise her concern about what the vaccine contained.
The 28-year-old stated she wanted to know what was inside the vaccine and nothing else.
Following the controversy, rumors became rife that she had severed her ties with her agency.
In addition, she allegedly had advocated similar views during the Atlanta production of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
In the wake of the allegations, Wright took to Instagram to refute all claims. She stressed that "this was completely untrue."
She also remarked that her focus was to make her craft impactful and inspiring, and her co-workers knew that very well.
Although she cleared the air, rumors of her leaving Black Panther 2 and MCU again made waves on the internet.
This time, the speculation was fueled by her sudden absence from the movie's filming.
Letitia Wright Will Film 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' in 2022
Rumors had it that Wright was fired for her anti-vaccine belief, and production was halted for recasting.
But it turns out that the reports were nowhere near the truth.
Rather, Wright stopped filming the movie because she had an accident while shooting a stunt scene in Boston in August 2021.
Reportedly, she suffered a concussion and had fractured her shoulder.
After a hospital visit, she returned to her London home for recovery.
For months, the film crew shot scenes that didn't require the budding actress.
However, they temporarily shut down the production in November 2021 because of the severity of her on-set injuries.
"It has been a painful process, and Letitia has been home recovering with her doctors and the support of family," Marvel Studios' members told the crew after the decision.
A representative for Wright also confirmed the situation, providing a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Letitia has been recovering in London since September from injuries sustained on the set of Black Panther 2," the source stated.
In addition, the insider claimed Wright was looking forward to returning to work in early 2020.
"Letitia kindly asks that you keep her in your prayers," he added at the end of the message.