Marvel fans are calling for Black Panther actress Letitia Wright to be replaced in the sequel with another actress to play the role of Shuri—the sister of Black Panther T'Challa who was played by the late Chadwick Boseman—because of her anti-vax stance.
Production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, suddenly halted due to the actress' on-set injury involving a stunt rig back on August 25.
While filming is scheduled to resume in early 2022, no exact date was given due to the unclear extent of Wright's "minor" injury as she is recovering at her home in England.
Previously, the Guyanese-born British actress received flak for sharing an anti-vaccine video on Twitter and writing, "if you don't conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself….you get cancelled," followed by a cry-laughing emoji.
When the Hollywood Reporter said sources confirmed Wright was not vaccinated and may not be able to return to the U.S. as a foreign citizen without proof of vaccination, the campaign to have her pulled from the film gained traction.
Marvel fans who've lost patience with Wright demanded production on Wakanda Forever move on without her.
Some Twitter users played casting director and made suggestions for who could replace Wright.
The Daily Dot suggested the unlikelihood of Wright being recast, as production on Wakanda Forever started in June and is set for a November 2022 release.
However, the media outlet did mention the cast and the director may find themselves awkwardly dodging questions about Letitia's unvaccinated status during media press junkets promoting the film.
Marvel fans also expressed their disapproval as Wright's public image as an anti-vaxxer essentially contradicts the integrity of her character, Shuri—a scientific genius who is seen as a role model for young girls.
The production still faces the challenge of how to resume filming with Wright since many Hollywood productions have started imposing health and safety protocols requiring cast and crew to be vaccinated on set.
And that is if the ailing actress can back get into the country as an unvaccinated non-citizen of the United States.