Black Panther 2 star breaks silence about major Wakanda Forever moment

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever spoilers follow.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Letitia Wright has broken her silence about the big reveal in the sequel.

Following Chadwick Boseman's tragic death in August 2020, Marvel announced they wouldn't be recasting the role of T'Challa, leading fans to speculate who would be donning the Black Panther costume.

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By the end of the film, Wright's Shuri assumes the role left vacated by her brother, and the actress has spoken about playing the superhero in an interview with Marvel.

"When Ryan [Coogler, director] gave me that call, it was tough," she said in reference to Boseman's passing. "He slowly, gently explained to me his intention of how we can honour Chad in this film and how we can honour what was created by us as a family. You've got to keep inspiring people; you have to move forward."

Wright, who revealed she knew of the new direction of Wakanda Forever a few months after Boseman's passing, said it was initially "difficult to imagine" the film without the actor, but she wanted to carry the torch despite it feeling "bittersweet".

chadwick boseman as black panther sitting on a throne
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"I had to process that and pray and ask him if it's okay for me to do it," she said. "Once I felt at peace, that it was the right thing, I accepted. I said to Ryan: 'I'll do my best'. I made a commitment… It was just a process of going through this and I'm praying that we make him proud."

The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has proved a hit with critics and audiences alike so far, setting a box-office record for November with its $180 million gross over its opening weekend. It also has the second-highest opening of the year, behind only fellow MCU film Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now playing in cinemas worldwide. The first movie is streaming on Disney+.

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