The omicron-related Black Panther: Wakanda Forever shooting delay is the latest setback for the MCU sequel’s efforts to gain traction. Aside from the catastrophic death of Boseman during the course of the film’s events, actor Letitia Wright has suffered many injuries while filming stunt sequences, including a broken shoulder and concussion just before the new year. There were also conflicting allegations of the young actress voicing anti-vaccination beliefs on the set of the film, as well as her fears of being barred from returning.
Eventually, Marvel confirmed Wright’s return and he was reportedly cast as the lead in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, with Duke’s M’Baku reportedly earning a longer role and a higher salary for the sequel. While the current postponement is undoubtedly concerning for the film’s future, it should be noted that the source claims that recording will resume within a week, while a prior report stated that the film has only four weeks left to shoot. The release date for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is currently slated for November 11th.
The shooting of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has reportedly been postponed yet further due to an increase in the omicron COVID-19 variant on the Atlanta set. The film is a sequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe hit film Black Panther, which introduced moviegoers to the world of Wakanda and its mythical legend and his family in 2018. In any event, progress on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was halted in mid-2020 when star Chadwick Boseman passed away from colon disease, leaving co-writer/director Ryan Coogler to figure out how to move the picture forward.
Letitia Wright will reprise her role as T’Challa’s younger scientist sister Shuri in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and will ostensibly take over as the film’s new star in the absence of Chadwick Boseman, though it’s unclear whether she will do so. Along with Wright, MCU stars Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as CIA specialist Everett Ross, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Lupita Nyong’o as T’Challa’s prior sweetheart Nakia, and Angela Bassett as Shuri and T’Challa’s mother Ramonda will make cameo appearances. In 2021, production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever began in Georgia, although it isn’t quite out of the woods because of its issues.