Sunday, April 18, 2021

‘Black Panther’s’ Princess Shuri is Ready to Rule Wakanda

black pantherWARNING: This article contains spoilers for “Avengers: Infinity War,” in theaters now.

*Following the devastating event of “Avengers: Infinity War,” actress Letitia Wright says that her character, Princess Shuri, is ready to rule Wakanda.

Speaking at the MCM Comic Con in London over the weekend, when a fan asked if she was ready to don the Black Panther suit, Wright answered: “To be comic-book accurate, yes,” she said.

As fans recall, the throne of the African nation was left vacant at the end of “Infinity War,” when Black Panther fell victim to Thanos’ universe-altering finger snap.

In the comics books, in the absence of T’Challa, Shuri went on to become the Black Panther and ruler of Wakanda for a time. So now with her big brother absent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s possible that “Avengers 4” will see Shuri embark on a similar path.

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As for Shuri being part of the Disney Princess pantheon, Wright noted: “I was like,’ what’s this Disney Princess pressure? Do I have to be perfect?’” she said in reference to online discussions about her.

“Then I realized that everyone’s just so geeked about having a different kind of female character in the Marvel universe and the Disney universe. And there’s going to be much, much more—I’m not the only Disney Princess to come to the surface and claim that title.”

Fortunately, a new generation of young black girls can now see themselves represented on screen.

“I’m so honored, seriously,” she said. “I grew up on Disney movies and grew up with the Disney Princesses and they didn’t really look like me. But now, you can go buy action figures and say ‘this is a Disney Princess’—right on!”

Meanwhile, during MCM, Wright may have dropped an “Avengers 4” spoiler when she shared who she enjoyed working with the most behind the scenes of “Infinity War.”

“Chris Pratt was genuinely a great person. He would like give me bible scriptures out of nowhere and then do a dance and leave. He’s great. I love Chris Pratt.”

As noted by screengeek.net: “This might not seem like much, but it’s interesting because Wright’s Shuri character never had any scenes with Chris Pratt/Star-Lord in Infinity War. It can only be assumed she was talking about Avengers 4, which would mean that we can also assume that Shuri and Star-Lord end up being okay and alive in the next film – though I don’t think anyone expected them to be or stay dead. But did anyone expect them all to end up on Wakanda? If that’s where they are?”

What do you think of Wright’s comments? Do you think they hint at something big or nothing at all?

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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