Actress Letitia Wright has revealed that the original script for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever planned for a duo of Black Panthers. Wright said she was supposed to appear with her brother, T’challa as in the comic books. Director Ryan Coogler previously slated that the original script for Black Panther 2 was about a father-son story. it follows T’Challa getting to know his son post-Blip, and “for his 8th birthday, they do a ritual where they go out into the bush and have to live off the land.”
Wright discussed her role as the new protector of Wakanda in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on the Empire Movie Podcast. According to Wright, Shuri planned to build a suit for herself and appear alongside T’Challa in the original script. However, due to the unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman, the script had to be changed.
Wright said, It was bittersweet. Shuri was always gonna do it. But it was gonna be done in a different way where her brother was gonna be alongside her, really explore that, like the comic books, the ways that T’Challa and Shuri would be Black Panther alongside each other and try to figure out how to defend their nation. But unfortunately, that’s not how it panned out. I knew the responsibility, I knew the weight of it, but it was just bittersweet, something I struggled with a lot. But I’m extremely proud of myself, had great support.
According to Marvel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever synopsis follows, “Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, Okoye, and the Dora Milaje 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 Nakia and Everett Ross to forge a new path for their beloved kingdom.”
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now the highest-grossing US female-led superhero film ever. It surpasses Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman domestically. The film has grossed $800 million globally. The film will premiere on Disney+ on January 2023.
Source: Empire Online