Been wondering who is going to play Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020? Marvel may have finally answered your question, with Shuri.
At this year’s San Diego Comic Con in California, US, Marvel released the official trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Check out the trailer here:
After Boseman’s death due to cancer in August 2020, many speculated who would be taking up the mantle of Black Panther in the Marvel movies. If the new trailer is any indication, the mantle may be taken up by T’Challa’s younger sister, Princess Shuri… you know since it is canon.
But after what Phase 4 of the MCU looks like, fans are finding it very difficult to say for sure that Shuri will be taking up the role as Wakanda’s protector.
While the trailer does indicate that Wakanda is grieving Boseman’s character T’Challa, it is not yet known how they will be explaining his death in the movie.
What do the comic books say? If Marvel Studios does follow the timeline set by the Black Panther comic books, Shuri should take up the mantle of Black Panther after Doctor Doom nearly kills T’Challa in a fight.
As per the comic books, Shuri is super intelligent, strong, and brave. After Killmonger burns the heart-shaped herb that gives Wakandans the power of Black Panther, she creates her own herb and consumes it to become the Black Panther.
After consuming the herb, Shuri’s strength, senses, and abilities are amplified and after she is resurrected from her fight with Proxima Midnight, she also gains the ability to turn her skin statue-like and control crows.
At times, as Black Panther, Shuri works with Spider-Man, Wolverine, the Fantastic Four, Black Widow, War Machine and Deadpool.
What does Twitter say? Long-time MCU fans are hyped to see Shuri as Black Panther and her evolution. Here is what some are saying:
1. She is taking it
2. A sibling thing
Shuri and Riri Williams doing a handshake like Shuri used to do with T’Challa 🥺 pic.twitter.com/XOmySoNkQN— ázula KEKE DAY (@azuIakordei) July 24, 2022
3. Also the Black Panther
4. True to the comics
5. An emotional watch
Between that mural, Shuri's tears and Angela Basset's monologue the trailer alone was almost too much to handle. Lord knows how the movie will handle Chadwick's passing and how we will handle all of it between the story itself. Definitely gonna be a heavy watch https://t.co/akqABP7Xcl— Ryōmen Sukuna (@wolfofjolstreet) July 24, 2022
6. A misogynistic undertone
Despite the fact that many of us wanted T’challa to be recast, there was definitely a misogynistic undertone in the way some people wanted that maniac to take the mantle over Shuri. As if her being the new black panther didn’t happen in the comics. https://t.co/iSdr1aQYSb— Jordan Sumbu (@JordanSumbu) July 24, 2022
7. The evolution of Shuri
the way that the Shuri we knew was a teenager. energetic, playful, determined, brilliant.— charlotte ⎊🏎 | matt murdocks gf (@s_marvel_ous) July 25, 2022
and now we’ll see how she’s had to grow up these past five years, presumably mourning the death of her brother twice. I’m already nostalgic :,( pic.twitter.com/qcHfaioEVV
8. What a moment!
that part in the trailer where no woman no cry blended together with alright after shuri and ironheart dapped up one another pic.twitter.com/dFPwjdopnv— harum-scarum 🔜 nowhere soon (@_HarumScarum) July 24, 2022
How are some people mad that Shuri might be the next Black Panther? Y’all realise she becomes the Black Panther in the comic books? And she is next in line for the throne. pic.twitter.com/RaB1tXmJWQ— ❤️🔥sukuna’s hun❤️🔥 (@LuyandaSade) July 24, 2022
10. Facts x2
People keeping saying this is killmonger 😂 I didn’t know he was skinny… why would they make killmonger black panther that’s literally undoing the first film and plus you have tachalla’s WHOLE BLOOD SISTER whose next in line…That’s SHURI!!! pic.twitter.com/b1NwRg4FzT— ⬛️▪️THE KING IN BLACK ▪️⬛️ (@nahhemi) July 24, 2022
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