Marvel Studios has been dealing with Letitia Wright, a British actress who has come out as a passionate anti-vaxxer. Evangeline Lilly, a crucial cast member in the enormous Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), now appears to have similar thoughts regarding immunization.
The actress who plays Hope Van Dyne has become the latest celebrity to publicly advocate medical liberty, and the internet hasn’t been impressed. As we previously reported, the Wright saga has thrown Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” into disarray. Wright’s refusal to get injected raised concerns about her ability to return to the United States to finish filming, but she seemed to have overcome the problem.
Despite the fact that Ryan Coogler and the team shot the majority of the film, her strong anti-vax attitude outraged fans, with many clamoring for her to be recast. It’s been suggested that this will be Shuri’s final appearance in the MCU, with reports that Disney changed the finale to guarantee she doesn’t return.
Fortunately for Marvel, they may not need to go through the entire procedure for ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.’ The forthcoming picture, which is set to hit theatres in 2023, has already wrapped in main photography and is in the final stages of post-production. But, as many have predicted after her fairly controversial Instagram post, the question of whether Hope will return in future installments remains unanswered.
“I was pro-choice before COVID and I am still pro-choice today”
On January 27, Lilly shared a photo from an anti-vax event in Washington, DC, where Robert F. Kennedy made a controversial comparison to the Holocaust. On January 23, a significant number of anti-vaxxers assembled on the National Mall, and Lilly appears to have been one of them. In a lengthy post, she wrote, “I was in DC this weekend to defend bodily sovereignty,” adding, “I believe nobody should ever be forced to inject their body with anything, against their will… under any threat whatsoever.”
She concluded the caption by saying “I was pro-choice before COVID and I am still pro-choice today,” added the hashtags #medicalfreedom and #bodyautonomy” and uploaded several photos from the protest. She also uploaded a quote by Indian-American investor Naval Ravikant, saying, “All tyranny begins with the desire to coerce others for the greater good.”
It’s Lilly’s first public statement in favor of medical liberty, but it could be her last. While Wright’s social media accounts were forced to be shut down owing to relentless trolling, Lilly appears to have withstood, at least for now. Regardless, the actress’s admirers and the internet, in general, had much to say, the majority of which was negative.
“Evangeline Lilly risked her career by opposing abusive, anti-constitutional, and vindictive vaccine mandates. You can bet the Left will now try to destroy her. Marvel Star Evangeline Lilly Protests Vax Mandates: “This Is Not Healthy”,” one user tweeted. Another cried, “God we can’t have any good women scientist heroes in the MCU. Evangeline WTF you doing?”
One person trolled, “I find it funny that both Letitia Wright and Evangeline Lilly are supposed to be playing smart characters.” Another joked, “Keep Evangeline Lilly away from Paul Rudd at all costs He hasn’t lived for centuries to be taken down by her unwashed and unvaccinated self.”
Many users voiced their support for Lilly, but at the time, those opposed to her exceed those in favor. It’s crucial to emphasize that, unlike Wright, Lilly did not oppose vaccines outright, but rather supported people’s choice to choose. It’s a significant distinction between being anti-vaxxer and being pro-medical liberty.