Wakanda Forever Poster Reveals the Identity of the New Black Panther
Jan 26, 2023
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever finds someone else taking up the mantle following the death of T’Challa.
Be warned, MAJOR SPOILERS for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to follow…
The latest poster for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever finally reveals the identity of the new Black Panther. After months and months of speculation, the poster confirms that, yes, it is Letitia Wright’s Shuri who dons the vibranium suit and becomes the new protector of Wakanda, following in the footsteps of her dearly departed brother, Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa. You can check out the poster below courtesy of Twitter.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever reflects the real-life tragedy of Boseman’s untimely death, picking up with Queen Ramonda, Shuri, M’Baku, and Okoye as they fight to protect Wakanda from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As they strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together when an enemy from beneath the sea, led by Tenoch Huerta’s Namor, threatens the nation of Wakanda.
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The Marvel sequel sees Shuri struggling to come to terms with T’Challa’s passing, with the Wakandan princess believing that the traditions and the mantle of the Black Panther have died with her brother. But, following further tragedy, Shuri is driven by revenge to recreate the heart-shaped herb, imbue herself with power, and continue the legacy as the new Black Panther. But will she use her newfound power to kill, or will she live up to her brother’s nobility? Hey, we don’t want to spoil everything.
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Shuri is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s Main Character
While Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is largely an ensemble piece, Letitia Wright’s Shuri is arguably the Marvel movie’s main character. Which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise following the release of this latest poster. Wright has previously discussed Shuri’s arc in the Black Panther sequel, teasing the changes that the character goes through as she comes to terms with the death of T’Challa and gradually embraces her destiny.
“It was, firstly, through connecting with Ryan. That heart-to-heart conversation of how do we take a gentle step forward, because it was so raw when we spoke,” she said earlier this month. “It was just Ryan talking me through how the different characters and how the world was going to expand a bit, but also how we’re going to grow. We all take so many different turns, and Shuri does too.”
“We meet her in the first film, and she is that ray of sunshine. She’s so clothed and protected in royalty and love and proud of her big brother taking this step, following his father’s legacy,” Wright said of the character and how she changes in the sequel following a series of tragedies. “And she just wants to create.””I love Shuri in the first one, because there was no limit to her as well. She was the person her brother went to for his protection and his armor, and he encouraged that. Her family encouraged her to be a genius and to be wonderfully made. We follow on from that. What does that look like when your heart is broken?”
Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Florence Kasumba, Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Angela Bassett, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is in theaters now. The MCU outing has been met with positive reviews from critics as well as grossing over $546 million at the worldwide box office.
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