Letitia Wright can’t think about a Black Panther sequel just yet.
The year 2020 has been a brutal one for the world. It’s hard to count the number of difficulties we have all faced as human beings. One that seemed to hit especially hard was the death of Chadwick Boseman. The actor had kept his illness a secret for years, and it was only following his death that anyone outside of his inner circle had any knowledge of it.
The actor has been a rising star for several years now, but for many of us, he will forever be known as Black Panther. He took on the role in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and cemented himself in our minds as T’Challa, King of Wakanda. Upon his passing, many of us wondered what the future held for the Black Panther franchise. How would Marvel Studios choose to continue the legacy of the character? Fans are also wondering how Boseman’s co-stars are handling his passing.
“We’re just still mourning Chad, so it’s not something I even want to think about,” Letitia Wright, who plays Shuri in the film, told Net-a-Porter. “The thought of doing it without [Chadwick Boseman] is kinda strange. We’re just grieving at the moment, so it’s trying to find the light in the midst of it.”
Wright’s own perspective is an interesting one. As comic fans know, Shuri actually takes on the role of Black Panther as well. With Boseman gone, there has been inevitable speculation surrounding Shuri being put front-and-center sooner rather than later.
Of course, we are still too early along to speculate too heavily. I’m sure the powers that be at Marvel Studios are working out the best way to pivot as we speak. We can only hope that whatever follows lives up to the legacy left behind by Boseman himself.
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