Black Panther is just days away from its official release and the excitement among fans is at the brim. Actress Letitia Wright who is playing the role of T’Challa’s genius younger sister, Shuri, in the film, recently revealed in an interview that director Ryan Coogler had earlier made attempts to set up the introduction of a female Black Panther version in the sequels. But, unfortunately, the plan could not be put into action. This certainly doesn’t mean that the same won’t be happening in future.
Notably, Black Panther is the first black superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and director Ryan Coogler has assembled an impressive line of largely Black actors for the movie including Captain America: Civil War standout, T’Challa/ Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).
In an interview with Variety, Letitia Wright talked about her future as Shuri, the progression of her character in the movie down the line and also about the possibilities of her being cast as the female Panther. It is to be noted that in the comics, T’Challa’s younger sister did eventually suit up after he gets down with several critical injuries. But, there’s still a long way to go to see all this happening on the big screen.
When asked about the future of Shuri as the female Black Panther, Letitia Wright said, “We didn’t talk about it in terms of the future. It was something I feel he was playing with [trying] to set up, but it didn’t happen. Hopefully, it does. I’m happy that there’s room to allow Shuri to grow. I wanna sit with her a little bit more.”
Taking into account the positive reviews coming from the critics as well as fans who watched the premiere of the movie, expectations are that the 18th title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther, will garner more than $130 million in its opening weekend. The film will hit theater screens on February 16, 2018.
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