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Maryland native DeWanda Wise drops out of 'Captain Marvel' due to scheduling conflicts

Maryland native DeWanda Wise drops out of 'Captain Marvel' due to scheduling conflicts
Maryland native DeWanda Wise, who starred in Spike Lee's Netflix series "She's Gotta Have It," will no longer have a starring role in Marvel's 2019 film "Captain Marvel." (Jason Bell)

Here’s a blow to the Marvel Universe: Maryland actress DeWanda Wise will no longer star in Marvel’s 2019 film “Captain Marvel” due to scheduling conflicts with the second season of Spike Lee's Netflix series "She's Gotta Have It,” according to Wise.

Wise, who starred in the first season of Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” confirmed the rumors about the exit from Marvel’s superhero flick on her Instagram story, writing that the circumstances left her feeling “devastated” last week. This week, she has been handling the news better, she wrote — and with gratitude.

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“You see, if you had told me that this would happen any year prior to 2016, I would have doubled over with laughter,” stated Wise, who starred in the first season of Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” which premiered in November. It was renewed for a second season early this year, around the same time Wise’s role in “Captain Marvel” was announced.

“But here we are — at a moment in culture where scheduling conflicts are rapidly replacing lack of options, and I feel absolutely blessed to be here,” Wise, who graduated from Atholton High School in Columbia, wrote on Instagram.

Marvel and Wise’s team did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Baltimore Sun.

Wise’s specific role in the Marvel film was never revealed, but her appearance in the film was anticipated as another needed display of diversity in the superhero universe. Many speculated that Wise would play Monica Rambeau, a black superhero who formerly held the title of Captain Marvel.

The Hollywood Reporter reported Friday that British actress Lashana Lynch has been tapped to replace Wise.

A screenshot of DeWanda Wise's Instagram story, where she announced she would no longer be in the "Captain Marvel" movie
A screenshot of DeWanda Wise's Instagram story, where she announced she would no longer be in the "Captain Marvel" movie (Screenshot)
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