Letitia Wright’s Princess Shuri will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe as yet another genius inventor. The character made her first brief appearance in the official teaser trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther. The film will give Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa the spotlight for the first time, following his memorable debut in Captain America: Civil War, as he fights to maintain the title as King of Wakanda against a plethora of enemies both new and old – including Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaw and Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger. Taking audiences to the Black Panther’s home nation for the first time, the film promises to be one of the most unique and exciting additions to the MCU yet.
The Internet has been busy discussing and dissecting the Black Panther teaser trailer ever since it was released, offering fans their first real glimpse at the T’Challa-led solo film and teasing the explosive premise at the center of it, in the process. However, it wasn’t just the male heroes and villains that made a splash in the fan community, thanks to their appearances in the movie’s debut trailer.
Indeed, one of the Black Panther trailer’s most unexpected moments came when Wright’s Princess Shuri appeared for the first time, wearing what looked to be high-tech, Panther-designed Vibranium gauntlets. While talking about the film’s trailer with EW, co-writer/director Ryan Coogler teased that the gauntlets are actually something Shuri created herself, as a genius inventor “on par with Tony Starkafter” – having spent her whole life researching, experimenting with, and coming up with whole new methods for Wakanda’s precious Vibranium resources.
Now, Coogler’s comments here fall in line with some of Wright’s own comments about Shuri in the film last week, all of which point towards her being an innovative and fierce warrior in her own right. She won’t be the only badass female character making her debut in Black Panther next year either, with Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and a whole lineup of impressive actresses set to play the iconic Dora Milaje in the film – the female bodyguards to the Wakandan king, who vow to defend and protect T’Challa at all costs.
Standing out as the most inclusive and experimental film from Marvel Studios to date, Black Panther also looks unlike any other superhero movie that has ever been produced. It promises to make an impact unlike any previous MCU solo film as a result, leading up to the release of Avengers: Infinity War just a few months after Black Panther arrives. With more exciting creative talent attached to it than most superhero films could ever dream of having – including Coogler (of Creed and Fruitvale Station fame) at the helm – it’s hard to think of a group of actors, writers, and filmmakers more capable of bringing the world of Wakanda to life on the big screen for the first time, than the one that Marvel has assembled here.