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Letitia Wright Returns to ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Set

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the sequel to 2018’s Academy Award-winning film, has had a fairly rocky production, in part due to the ongoing pandemic. But it was an on-set accident in August that caused production to stall in November 2021.

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Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, suffered what was believed to be minor injuries after her involvement in a stunt. However, Marvel later confirmed that she suffered from “a critical shoulder fracture and a concussion with side effects”.

Leitia Wright at the premiere of Avengers: Endgame. Wright will star in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 22: Letitia Wright attends the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame” at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 23, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

During her absence, many rumours emerged about her extended time off and her on-set behaviour, allegations that she had been spreading Covid conspiracy theories and vaccine misinformation. An allegation which she denied.

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Wright had previously caught herself in a web of controversy after retweeting a video that contained vaccine misinformation, transphobic comments, and anti-Chinese sentiment. Wright has since apologised and subsequently left social media. The video was also later deleted by YouTube for breaking their terms of service.

There was also a rumour that she had been banned from travelling to the USA due to the countries COVID vaccine entry and travel requirements.

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In truth, Wright has been back home in England recovering from her severe injury, and the production schedule was adjusted accordingly to allow her time off to heal. The BBC now reports that Wright has returned to the set of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and filming has restarted.

Wright is expected to have a more prominent role in the sequel following the untimely passing of the original star, Chadwick Boseman, in 2020. The sequel is currently set to be released on November 11th, 2022.