Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri in the MCU, explains how the delinquent Chadwick Boseman was kept on the set of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The first Black Panther film, starring Boseman and released in February 2018, was a massive success for Marvel Studios both critically and financially, so its sequel has been a major talking point for fans.
Boseman made his first appearance as T’Challa/Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, while Wright first appeared as Shuri in the 2018 independent film. Boseman and Wright later made appearances in Avengers: Infinite War and Avengers Endgame.
Boseman passed away in August 2020 from colon cancer, which he was first diagnosed within 2016. He never spoke publicly about his illness; in fact, only a few people who were not from his family knew it. In light of Boseman’s passing, Black Panther 2 Director Ryan Coogler restructured the film to be the last tribute to the late actor.
Plot details are still largely kept secret, but there have been indications that Wakanda will forever act as a farewell to Boseman’s T’Challa. This is backed by Marvel, which is currently sticking to its decision not to re-release T’Challa or recreate Boseman with CGI.
An interview with Letitia Wright talks about how the crew of the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever paid tribute to the late actor during production. She describes how the team took responsibility for the odyssey Boseman began and their impressive overcoming of any obstacles that stood in their way.
Letitia Wright says:
“We honor him by committing to this story that began, the legacy that began with this franchise. And we committed every day to work hard no matter the circumstances we face. And we face many circumstances! A lot of difficulties.” but we came together as a team and poured everything into this film, so I’m excited to have them see it.”
Beyond the comments from the cast and crew, it’s still not entirely clear how the sequel Black Panther will handle the loss of Boseman. Still, people like Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett have talked about feeling Boseman’s presence on set and striving to honor him with Wakanda forever.
While many fans want to see the recast of T’Challa, there has yet to be any official move about that possibility. However, even if T’Challa is not seen on the screen, he and Boseman will still feel significant.
Wright’s new comments back that up, which could mean that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be the perfect way for Boseman fans to process his passing correctly.
As a figurehead in the first Black Panther film, Boseman was seen by the world as one of the greatest symbols of inspiration for black audiences. His untimely death is still mourned today and will continue to be mourned for years.
As Black Panther: Wakanda Forever remains highly anticipated by Marvel fans worldwide, one of its greatest hopes is that it honors the late actor’s legacy in a respectful and meaningful way. If Wright’s words are taken seriously, the upcoming sequel will do precisely that.