Marvel Studios’ Black Panther sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, just can’t catch a break. Take aside the fact that Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away over a year ago after a private battle with cancer. Letitia Wright not only brought on some controversy with her stance on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccinations, but the actress also sustained serious injuries pausing production in late November.
While Wright has since been vaccinated, as production was getting ready to restart this week, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that production has been delayed once more, due to the omicron variant surge, which has affected multiple crew members including one of its stars. “Black Panther restarted production last week in Atlanta, only to get delayed because several cast and crew members including Lupita Nyong’o tested positive for the virus (production was set to restart this week).”
The trades in-depth report also details how Disney is going about their productions during the pandemic, even speaking with some members of those productions. Disney has seen there fair share of delays since the pandemic began nearly two years ago. As of this report, Disney still intends to have Black: Panther: Wakanda Forever set for release this November. That said, the company is keeping a close eye on things, they recently moved Pixar Animation Studios’ Turning Red, which was supposed to see Pixar’s return to theaters since Onward, to Disney+, which has brought Soul, Luca, and Encanto much success.
Ryan Coogler returns to direct the feature with the core cast from the film also returning, this includes Letitia Wright’s Shuri, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett Ross, and Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi. Narcos: Mexico star Tenoch Huerta and Michaela Coel also join the sequel, both their roles are being kept under wraps, but rumors are Huerta is playing Namor, and Coel is playing Madame Slade. Dominique Thorne will also make her debut as the character Riri Williams aka Ironheart.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever recently had its release date from July moved and is now set to hit theaters on November 11, 2022.