The word came out today that production has finally resumed Black Panther: Wakanda Forever after the recording was forced to cancel in November last year after star Letitia Wright suffered a serious injury on the recording. Now that the Shuri actress has recovered, work on the long-awaited Marvel sequel continues once again in Atlanta, Georgia, and is expected to last for four weeks.
Hollywood Reporter revealed this information, as well as an exciting update on Wright’s opponent Winston Duke and how he gets into the film. THR shares that their sources say that Duke – who plays M’Baku, the leader of the Jabari tribe – negotiated a “substantial salary increase” for this, his fourth appearance in MCU, after the 2018 Black Panther and both Avengers: Infinity War and Playoffs.
The motivation for his salary increase is that he will have an “extended role” in both Wakanda forever and the Black Panther myth in general. THR contacted Marvel to clarify exactly what this expanded role could be, but unsurprisingly, the studio had no comments. This update is likely to fuel all these fantasies that M’Baku, not Shuri, is the character who will take over as patron of Wakanda from T’Challa, who will be discharged from the franchise after Chadwick Boseman’s death.
The shooting should have started again last Monday, but it was delayed by a few more days due to various members of the actor and crew, including Nakia actress Lupita Nyong’o, testing positive for covid-19.
Despite all these setbacks, it is believed that the film, directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett and Dominique Thorne, will be able to avoid a new mix of the premiere schedule. Marvel is said to be committed to having Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has a cinema premiere on November 11, 2022.