Last month, Hollywood gave us The Woman King, starring Viola Davis as a post-menopausal warrior.
Now Hollywood’s next offering is Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever, featuring another Black female “king.”
Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever stars Angela Bassett, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Letitia Wright as Shuri, the new Black Panther who fights to protect Wakandans after King T’Challa’s death.
Bassett plays Ramonda, the Queen Mother of the most powerful nation in the world. But all is not well in Wakanda.
Chadwick Boseman‘s brother, Derrick Boseman is upset that Marvel Studios retired T’Challa’s character after the actor died of colon cancer in 2020 at age 43. Derrick said his brother would have wanted the character to carry on in the sequel. But others say Derrick is mad that the character is now a masculine woman.
There are other problems in the Marvel universe. Letitia Wright, the Guyanese actress who is tasked with saving Wakandans, is not well liked after she spoke out against the Covid-19 vaccine mandates in America.
She deleted her Twitter account and fled to London amid the public backlash. Wright was also dumped by her PR team and not allowed back into the US to promote the movie because she’s unvaccinated.
One Twitter use wrote: “God, I wish Letitia Wright wasn’t a transphobic anti-vaxxer.”
Others noticed that Marvel downplayed Wright’s role in the trailer. She doesn’t appear as Black Panther until the very end of the trailer.
Question: Will you still watch Black Panther 2 with a female playing a king’s role?
Watch the trailer below.