Back in August, Black Panther star Letitia Wright sustained an injury on the set of the highly-anticipated sequel, which caused Wright to take a short break from production to recuperate. A couple of months on, and Wright's injuries seem to be more severe as filming on the Ryan Coogler movie has now been temporarily shut down to give Wright more time to recover.
In a statement from Wright's representative, it was revealed that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will resume production early next year.
“Letitia has been recovering in London since September from injuries sustained on the set of Black Panther 2 and is looking forward to returning to work early 2022. Letitia kindly asks that you keep her in your prayers.”
Wright has a more central role in the sequel and is expected to take on the mantle of Black Panther following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman. Director Ryan Coogler and Marvel's Kevin Feige have been vocal about making a film that honours the memory of Boseman, and Feige previously called the script "something very special".
Wakanda Forever will also introduce Dominique Thorne as brilliant inventor Riri Williams who makes a suit of armour Tony Stark would be jealous of to become Ironheart. Thorne was confirmed as playing Williams in the forthcoming Disney+ Ironheart series, but we'll meet her for the first time in Wakanda Forever. While it remains unclear if the delay impacts the current November 2022 launch, Marvel recently pushed the release dates of all their movies for next year by a couple of months. The first MCU title to hit cinemas in 2022 will be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which will now materialise in cinemas on May 6.
Also starring Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Winston Duke, and Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will arrive in cinemas on November 22, 2022.