As officially revealed by Marvel Studios on Saturday, Letitia Wright is the studio’s new Black Panther. During the events of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, her character Shuri manages to recreate the heart-shaped herb, granting her the powers of Bast, the Marvel equivalent of the god Bastet. At the height of the pandemic, Wright retweeted a video expressing anti-vaccine and transphobic views and apart from an apology shared on Instagram, she has avoided talking about it the entire time Wakanda forever press tour.
Now the Marvel star has broken her silence on the matter in a new profile featuring The protector, saying she got past the situation. “I feel like it’s something I went through two years ago and I’ve moved on in a healthy way. And in a healthy way I’ve apologized and deleted my Twitter. I just apologized for all the pain that has been done to someone,” she told the paper.
At the time, Wright retweeted the video in question, adding, “If you don’t conform to popular opinion, but ask questions and think for yourself… you’ll get canceled.”
After the internet backlash, Wright eventually deleted her Twitter account entirely. When asked if she shared the same anti-vax and transphobic views as the video, the actor added, “Those are things I’m not and I’ve apologized and moved on.”
She would not confirm whether she received the vaccine, despite Disney having a company-wide mandate for employees.
Now in theaters, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever follows Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) as they fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and blaze a new trail for the kingdom of Wakanda. It remains to be seen where the Midnight Angels tie into the story.
Tenoch Huerta is introduced as Namor, the king of a hidden undersea nation, and the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli.