The sequel to Marvel’s Black Panther, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, has been put on hold. According to Deadline, the postponement will continue into next year, with a targeted resume date of January. The postponement comes amid allegations that Letitia Wright was wounded during filming in August. Wright suffered a shoulder fracture and a concussion, all of which are significant injuries. Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, and Nate Moore sent a message to the cast and crew informing them of the production stop.
Many Marvel fans believe Wright’s character Shuri will take the role in the Black Panther sequel. If this is the case, it explains why filming would be impossible to continue without her. For the time being, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to hit theaters on November 11, 2022, but that might change if development delays extend into the new year. According to sources close to the production, Wright delivered a personal video greeting to the cast and crew to thank them for their help during this tough period.
It’s no secret that Chadwick Boseman’s death hangs unspoken over the entire movie. Marvel producer Nate Moore spoke to Comicbook.com’s Phase Zero about building on that legacy.
“I think this movie has different sort of pressure on it, obviously, with the loss of Chadwick, which was unexpected and unprecedented in a way narratively, to figure out how to deal with,” Moore revealed. “So beyond, ‘Hey, we want to make a big, fun time,’ and people of the first movie, it’s how do we sort of do right by his legacy and tell a story that isn’t exploitative, which we would never, ever do, but builds on the things that he loved about the property and builds on the things that he brought to the property in a way that is enjoyable, feels real, feels earned, feels organic. Because I think we’re going to see the movie in two lenses, pure entertainment, but also cathartic. And we have to be conscious of both of those lenses as we’re making it.”
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