The first look at Letitia Wright’s character in Black Panther 2 has arrived. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is one of the single most anticipated movies in the world, comic book adaptation or otherwise. With the tragic and untimely death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020, plans for the sequel film had to be changed and Letitia Wright’s character Shuri was made more prominent in Black Panther 2’s story. Naturally, fans were already eager to see how Shuri may have changed. Check it out:
The above Tweet was posted by @bpanthernews, after someone noticed that the packaging for a Black Panther: Wakanda Forever-branded Sprite tie-in revealed some things. Letitia Wright is can be seen here in her Black Panther 2 look, which seems to be a bit different from earlier appearances. For one thing, Shuri has been consistently depicted with micro-braids, either tied into a tall top-knot or in space buns. However, in this look, it seems she has ditched those braids for a curly, loose hairstyle; it is not exactly clear, but it seems likely the sides of her head are also shaved. The Shuri of Black Panther 2 is also wearing a new outfit, a high-necked light purple jacket that is quite different from her previous outfits of shoulder-baring dresses and/or battle garb.
The image also shows Danai Gurira as Okoye, the chief of the Dora Milaje and T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) personal bodyguard/advisor. Her look appears unchanged from the previous movie, but we definitely expect different things from Letitia Wright in Black Panther 2. Except for the regrettable absence of Chadwick Boseman, the majority of the cast of the first movie are returning, including Martin Freeman as CIA agent Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as Border Tribe head W’Kabi, Winston Duke as Jabari leader M’Baku, and Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Wakandan Queen Mother and the parent of T’Challa and Shuri.
Letitia Wright will presumably be the de facto star of Black Panther 2, but the movie will also introduce Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams aka Ironheart. The character has appeared in Marvel Comics as a teenage inventor who builds a Tony Stark-style armor suit, and will reportedly be starring in her own Disney+ series. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will also be starring Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta in a role rumored to be the long-awaited introduction of Namor the Sub-Mariner.
There has been more than a fair share of issues surrounding Letitia Wright during the filming of Black Panther 2, including an on-set injury that delayed production and alleged controversies around Covid-19 vaccinations. However, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is finally scheduled to be released on November 11. It has a lot to live up to, considering the first movie made over a billion dollars at the box office and was the first superhero movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. If we can believe the packaging of Sprite soft drinks (and what a world it would be if we cannot), we at least will be getting a cool new look from Letitia Wright in Black Panther 2.