Black Panther is set to blow the roof off the box office in just two weeks. It is sure to generate enough revenue for Disney and Marvel Studios to quickly pursue a sequel and maybe even a spinoff. As Marvel Comics fans know, Shuri (Letitia Wright) can be a big part of the franchise’s future. She even succeeds T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) as both Black Panther and the Queen of Wakanda in the source material.
Wright is certainly up for a bigger role as Shuri, but in due time, as she tells ComicBook.
“I hope, whenever the time is right, if it’s meant to happen, I would happily do it. But you can’t have a Shuri movie without T’Challa and you can’t have a Shuri movie without Ramonda and Nakia and the rest of the Dora Milaje and Okoye. So, I guess, the question is: when can we have Black Panther 2?
“But my thing is: where we meet her now in the Marvel Universe, she’s young, she’s preparing, she’s just into technology, she’s creating, she’s just really fun and really focused on that. So, if that’s meant to happen, then cool, but at the moments, hey, man, Chadwick [Boseman] is killing as Black Panther! I’m happy to help out with the gadgets for now. If that’s meant to be, it’ll be, but he’s amazing as Black Panther.”
Wright is just as amazing as her co-stars in Black Panther. I can’t review the film until next week, but I will say that Wright is an absolute star and a joy to watch. She is right, however, in that there is no need to rush into Shuri’s big future.
She is only 16-years-old in the film and T’Challa has only just become the King of Wakanda. Shuri’s ascension to the throne will have a greater impact if the character is allowed more time to develop. Besides, her present is really cool and not to be dismissed.
Shuri leads all scientific and technological development in Wakanda, the most advanced country in the entire world. She creates all the cool toys used by Black Panther, including his new suit, and the Dora Milaje. As you can see in the trailers, she also inserts herself into action when needed.
Shuri would be a great fit for that all-female MCU team-up movie that’s been talked about for the past few months.
I can’t wait to see more of Shuri in the MCU and you’ll know exactly why when Black Panther hits theaters February 16.