Shuri is rumored to be taking on the role of Black Panther in the upcoming sequel: Wakanda Forever, with new promo art supporting the theory.
New Black Panther: Wakanda Forever the promotional images appear to support a theory that Letitia Wright’s Shuri will be taking over the Black Panther mantle. After Chadwick Boseman’s tragic death in 2020, Marvel Studios and Ryan Coogler revealed they weren’t going to be recasting T’Challa’s role in the MCU. This decision meant that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever would focus more on characters like Shuri and Okoye (Danai Gurira), but MCU fans wondered who would become Wakanda’s newest superhero.
Black Panther was a smash hit for Marvel Studios, giving audiences their first real glimpse of Wakanda, a hidden, technologically advanced country that has access to massive resources of sought-after vibranium. Boseman portrayed T’Challa, Prince of Wakanda and the Black Panther, a hero empowered after consuming a vibranium-infused plant. When his leadership is challenged by the return of his long-lost cousin, T’Challa fights to regain the throne of Wakanda and introduce the country to the world. After Avengers: EndgameBoseman and the rest of the cast were supposed to return, but wakanda forever was thrown into disarray after the actor’s sudden death.
Viewers were reassured Black Panther: Wakanda Forever would still go ahead, but with some restructuring, and that T’Challa would not be recast. Instead, it was revealed that the sequel would delve into Wakandan subcultures, putting more emphasis on characters who found themselves with less screen time in Black Panther. With a release date of November 11, 2022, wakanda forever promotional materials featured characters in the costumes offered for the film, including Tenoch Huerta, who is said to be Namor the MCU’s submarine, and Wright and Gurira as Shuri and Okoye. It is the depiction of Shuri’s costume, in particular, that has Black Panther fans are speculating that she will take up the torch, as it seems reminiscent of T’Challa’s original outfit.
Will Shuri become Wakanda Forever’s new black panther?
Shuri and Okoye are featured together in a poster promoting tie-in merchandise for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. While Okoye wears a costume reminiscent of Dora Milaje’s uniform from Black Panther, Shuri is shown in an unusual costume change from what viewers are familiar with, wearing a purple sports tracksuit set. While the purple color scheme is more regal for Princess Wakandan and matches that of T’Challa’s superhero costume, the costume change seems to suggest that Shuri might also have a role change in the movie, fans of MCU wondering if Shuri would become the Black Panther.
Since the mantle of Black Panther in the MCU can be assumed to be passed down the royal line (unless they’re disputed), it makes sense that Shuri is the next candidate to become the superhero. The character’s new costume suggests that Shuri will do a lot more athletic moves in Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverin relation to the behind-the-scenes role she played in Black Panther. Whether Shuri can fit into the superhero role as naturally as her brother remains to be seen.
Little information has been revealed about Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. However, there are rumors that the sequel will introduce the long-awaited civilization of Atlantis to the MCU. More details will surely be confirmed after the releases of Thor: Love and Thunder and Disney+ series She-Hulk: Lawyer. With the November release date fast approaching, audiences won’t have to wait too long to see how Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will get away with it without Boseman at the helm.
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