Letitia Wright says filming ‘Black Panther 2’ without Chadwick Boseman will be strange
The world is still not over the loss of Chadwick Boseman. The impact he left on popular culture by playing T’Chala in Black Panther, especially black culture, can never be forgotten. Similarly, his colleagues and close friends are facing a completely different kind of grief. For them, they lost a great friend and a very talented colleague. And that’s how the actress Letitia Wright, who played Shuri, feels. She believes it will be extremely strange to film Black Panther 2 if Marvel decides to still go ahead with the project after Boseman’s passing.
Boseman had been a part of the MCU since 2014, starring in four films. His performance in Captain America: Civil War truly showed the audience just how good Boseman was as an actor and how well he was going to play the Black Panther in the MCU. However, one main reason for Boseman’s success was the great supporting characters he had, such as Shuri, played by Letitia Wright.
Letitia Wright still mourns for Chadwick Boseman
Wright starred alongside Boseman in three Marvel films. She very aptly portrayed one of the most fierce female characters in the MCU. But, she is not sure about the state of Black Panther 2, which was originally going to have Chadwick Boseman. In an interview with Net-a-porter, Letitia Wright talked about how everyone at Marvel is still mourning Chadwick Boseman, and it’s really even difficult to think about doing Black Panther 2 without him. She said:
We’re just still mourning Chad, so it’s not something I even want to think about. The thought of doing it without him is kinda strange. We’re just grieving at the moment, so it’s trying to find the light in the midst of it.
What will become of Black Panther 2?
It is truly as uncertain and strange as Letitia Wright says. As of right now, Black Panther 2 remains scheduled for release in May 2022, with filming to start in May of 2021. But, Boseman’s passing has put everything into contention. The studio hasn’t yet announced how they’ll approach the franchise now, and understandably so as it is a difficult situation to maneuver. Even though two months have passed since Chadwick Boseman’s death, it still seems too soon as fans have not gotten over this massive loss.
There’s nothing wrong with going ahead with Black Panther 2, but replacing Chadwick Boseman will seem very inappropriate. However, focusing on Letitia Wright and all the supporting characters that made T’Chala such an effective rule could be the right way for Marvel to go. It would be a befitting tribute to the late actor without hurting anyone’s sentiments. Regardless, we hope Marvel adopts the right path.