Letitia Wright Says Black Panther Has ‘Changed My Life Forever’

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is one of the most highly anticipated projects from Marvel Studios, and there’s a ton of pressure on the film after the loss of Chadwick Boseman. The late actor was the titular character of the 2018 film Black Panther, and his presence alone made the movie one of the most memorable in the MCU catalog.

Now, Wakanda Forever will move on without Boseman, as another character will take the mantle. Although it’s yet to be confirmed, the brand-new trailer certainly looks like Letitia Wright’s Shuri will be the next Black Panther, vastly expanding the character we’ve seen in her previous three feature film appearances. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress discusses what Wakanda Forever and her role meant to her.

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“We haven’t seen that on a major scale, where there’s a young Black woman who’s a princess, and she’s also a scientist,” Wright explains. “I have this feeling of pride when a young woman comes up to me and says, ‘Hey, you made me feel smart in school, and you made me feel like I can be in technology alongside a man, and I feel empowered.’ That has changed my life forever.”

Of course, a significant Marvel role is bound to be life-changing, as the audience she reaches will be bigger than ever with the upcoming sequel. Fans can look forward to seeing Shuri, Ironheart, and Namor, as we’ve seen brief glimpses of the characters in the latest trailer. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever releases in theaters on Nov. 11, later this year.

Letitia Wright Shares Details Regarding On-Set Injury

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever relies heavily on Letitia Wright to become the franchise’s new star. However, filming on the project came to a halt last year when the 28-year-old actress suffered an on-set injury resulting in a critical shoulder fracture and concussion, requiring a brief hospital stint.

During her chat with EW, Wright discussed her injury and how director Ryan Coogler helped her through the whole process.

“It was an unfortunate situation that set me back a bit, but in that time, I surrounded myself with family and friends,” Wright says. “Ryan, he was incredibly supportive. And it was a moment for me to gain courage that I never had before and I didn’t know I had.” She continues, “You know when you go through situations, and you’re like, ‘I didn’t know I had this much strength in me until I went through it’? That was my experience. I got the healing that I needed, and I went back on set, and I was determined to not let that limit me,” she says. “I felt like, ‘Oh my goodness, what if I can’t do the things that I’m used to doing?’ But by God’s grace, I made it through, and I came back stronger.”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever stars Angela Bassett, Martin Freeman, Tenoch Huerta, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Winston Duke alongside Wright. Fans will be filling up local theaters when the Ryan Coogler-helmed film lands in cinemas on Nov. 11.