Fans of Riri Williams were excited to hear confirmation that the teenage hero, known as Ironheart, would be making her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The MCU faithful were even able to catch a glimpse of Dominique Thorne's young hero on the set of the Black Panther sequel, seemingly attending MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ironheart is quickly making headway in pre-production, already having hired a head writer last year in Snowpiercer scribe Chinaka Hodge, along with updating its logo. Recently, the project began casting with In The Heights star Anthony Ramos joining the cast in a mysterious "key" role, while This Is Us regular Lyric Ross will be playing Riri Willaims' best friend.
Now, it appears that Dominique Thorne has a lot more free time on her hands to film her show.
Riri Williams Wraps Filming for Black Panther Sequel
In her Instagram stories, actress Dominique Thorne confirmed that she has wrapped shooting on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, including a photo and date from when she started on June 21, 2021.
Thorne also commented on the short video saying, "And that is a picture wrap on Riri Williams," along with implying that the Black Panther sequel still intends to release in November, "God is so good. See y'all in November."
Ironheart Still Making Her Debut in November?
Obviously, actors don't know everything, but it's likely that Dominique Thorne was at least told that Wakanda Forever would still be released in November of this year. But, that could easily change, considering that reshoots are still ongoing and reportedly headed to Puerto Rico.
So, there might be an even tighter deadline for post-production and VFX artists working on the film, which could result in similar problems that the original Black Panther had in its third act. According to two VFX Supervisors for the original movie, Andy Brown and Todd Sheridan Perry of Method Studios, they were only allowed "a couple months" to finish the fight between Killmonger and T'Challa:
"In this particular case, much of the final battle was shot in late October during a reshoot – which only allowed for a couple months to get everything together."
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is still about eight months away and reshoots for the sequel shouldn't last much longer, so VFX studios should at the very least have more time to work on the film compared to the original. However, the time issue for VFX studios continues to be a problem as recently as Eternals and the questionable quality of Pip the Troll.
Fans will see how the film and VFX compare to the original when they see Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in theaters on November 11, 2022.