Actress Letitia Wright has denied that she spoke out against coronavirus vaccinations while filming Marvel’s “Black Panther 2”.
Last week, “The Hollywood Reporter” alleged that Wright was sharing his take on vaccines on the Atlanta set of the highly anticipated superhero sequel. Wright denied the report, which cited an anonymous source, in a statement to his Instagram Wednesday.
“I honestly say that was completely wrong,” she wrote. “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows that I work incredibly hard at my profession and that my main goal is always to do impactful and inspiring work. This has been and will continue to be my sole objective.
Wright, who plays the character of Shuri in the Marvel Movies Universe, faced backlash in December when she posted a video on Twitter that makes unsubstantiated claims about the coronavirus vaccines.
The video included a lengthy monologue by Tomi Arayomi, founder of a Christian ministry, who questioned the contents of the vaccines, but provided no evidence for his claims.
Critics at the time called Wright reckless to share the content, including Marvel franchise star Don Cheadle. Cheadle called the video “hot trash,” adding that he “would never defend anyone who posts this.”
Wright did not respond to an NBC News request for comment in December, but tweeted in defense, saying his only intention was to voice “my concerns about what’s in the vaccine and what we’re putting in our body”.
The Hollywood Reporter article last week reiterated Wright’s criticisms, with some citing the irony of its dissemination of anti-vaccination opinions when his “Black Panther” character is a respected scientist in the film franchise.
Fans also wondered if Wright would wear the “Black Panther” costume after the death of Chadwick Boseman, who played the lead character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Shuri, princess of the fictional country of Wakanda, donned the mantle of superheroes in the comics.
Marvel representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment