‘Black Panther’ Letitia Wright says anti-vax behavior report is completely false.
“Black Panther” star Letitia Wright closed a report saying she embraced COVID-19 misinformation on the set of the Marvel sequel “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
Wright, who plays the brilliant sister of the titular superhero, Shuri, in the franchise, took on Instagram Tuesday to assert that the conduct referred to in the October 6 Hollywood Reporter story “It was completely untrue.”
The report, which was broader about the debate over the vaccine mandate in Hollywood, verified the actress’s name and said she shared anti-vaccine positions on social media.
She also cited a source on the set of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” who claimed that she “held similar views on COVID-19 vaccines in the Atlanta production.”
In fact, the 27-year-old deleted some of his social media accounts in December after sparking a backlash for posting a video questioning the legitimacy of vaccines, skepticism about climate change, and transphobic comments. He also reportedly parted ways with his entire team of US representatives after the incident.
The prominent “The Avengers” actress, who initially had a flippant response to being “canceled” in December, addressed the controversy in a grim manner this time.
“I am saddened to have to address the reports published by The Hollywood Reporter on October 6, 2021,” he wrote on Instagram. “The report talked about my conduct on the set of Black Panther 2. I honestly claim that this was completely untrue.”
“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows that I work incredibly hard at my craft and my main focus is always to do work that is impactful and inspiring. That has been and will continue to be my only focus, ”he added.
The attached photo of Wright cited a verse from the Bible and said that she would “continue to hold onto the hands of God and the scriptures of Isaiah 54:17.”
That verse, quoted in his photo, says: “Weapons made to attack you will not succeed; the words spoken against you will not hurt you at all. ”
Wright said he would continue to focus on his “healing” and thanked fans for their prayers.
Reporters for the story and representatives for the Hollywood Reporter did not immediately respond to The Times’ request for comment.
The actress was briefly hospitalized in Boston in August after sustaining minor injuries while filming a stunt for the movie there.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” is the highly anticipated sequel to Marvel’s 2018 smash hit starring Chadwick Boseman in the title role.
Little is known about the plot of the new film, but it was reported that Wright’s character, who is the heir apparent to the fictional kingdom, was given a larger role in the sequel after Boseman’s unexpected death in August 2020.
Some comic book fans interpreted that to mean Shuri could succeed her older brother as the superhero as his character did in the comics written by Reginald Hudlin from 2005 to 2009. Neither Disney nor Marvel have confirmed that conjecture.
The film, which is again directed and co-written by Ryan Coogler, is scheduled for a July 2022 release.
Marvel Studios CEO Kevin Feige said Deadline in January that the sequel, which will not recast T’Challa or use a computer-generated version of the actor, will focus on “promoting the mythology and inspiration of Wakanda.”