Marvel has released an extended Black Panther clip that outlines the details of that crazy car chase scene in the movie's trailers. This is the first clip of the new film that contextualizes some of the contents of the trailer, and also introduces a new character we haven't met before.
In the clip, we see T'Challa chasing a couple of goons on top of a driver-less car. The driver is actually located back in Wakanda, and is none other than T'Challa's 16-year-old sister, Shuri played by Letitia Wright. She seems to be controlling the via a device on the hood, which links back to controlling module in Wakanda. Shuri is the princess of Wakanda and also designs new technology for the Wakandan nation. While driving, she also points out the fact that T'Challa's Black anther armor is absorbing gunfire, which then charges the armor with kinetic energy. Thus resulting in a powerful attack that crushes the hood of the goons SUV.
In addition to her being the Princess of Wakanda and T'Challa's brilliant younger sister, Shuri has also been seen in the comics as Black Panther, the protector of Wakanda, herself. From this clip, it's very clear that she's involved in the action, even from a distance. While we may not see her suit-up in the forthcoming Black Panther film, it's very possible that we will see her in a Black Panther suit in Avengers: Infinity War or even Avengers 4. In the comics, she assumed the mantle once T'Challa was recovering from severe injuries after a battle. But if the battle scenes in the Infinity War trailer turn out as expected, there will be plenty of reasons for Shuri to have a suit of her own.
This is the first extended sequence we have seen from Black Panther, and it offers some excellent indicators of what the film should be like. There are bright vibrant colors, tight choreography, and some nice cinematography on top of that. It's also the first time we've seen this iteration of the suit in action, and it's pretty cool. The purple build up of kinetic energy is a really slick new feature, and it will be interesting to see how it comes into play in the film.
As for Black Panther's setting: Wakanda is a bright and vibrant nation, as well as a technologically advanced civilization. We can see this in the control room that Shuri is operating the car from here, and in the way in which T'Challa's costume works. While we can expect a good deal of new technology to be introduced in the movie, we should also expect to be continually be surprised by Shuri.
Source: Marvel Studios
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie (2019) release date: May 03, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019