Countdown to ‘Captain Marvel’: A Spotlight on Princess Shuri

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We are currently less than one month away from the release of Captain Marvel. This film is one of the most highly anticipated and most talked about Marvel films among fans, because Carol Danvers is going to be the new face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we move into the next phase. Captain Marvel hits theaters on March 8, which is also International Women’s Day.

And while this is the first film in the MCU to have a female lead, there have been many badass women in the Marvel Universe over the years. We will be highlighting just a few of them, over the next few weeks leading up to the premiere.

Letitia Wright in ‘Black Panther’ (2018). Courtesy of IMDb.

This feature will be on Shuri who is portrayed by Letitia Wright. Shuri is the younger sister of T’Challa, and the brilliant mind responsible for all of the amazing technology that Wakanda relies on.  It was also confirmed by directors Anthony and Joe Russo that she is the smartest person in the Marvel Universe, surpassing both Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. Ever since we met Shuri in Black Panther, she became our new favorite Disney Princess.

Here are some of our favorite moments featuring Shuri:

1. “What are thooooose?”

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Peter Parker isn’t the only young superhero with a love for pop culture references. Shuri was making a reference to a popular Vine in this scene when she sees her brother’s “royal sandals.” It’s just one of many moments and one-liners that make Shuri so lovable.

2. “I’m sure you did your best.”

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Steve Rogers knew just who to turn to in Infinity War when faced with the daunting task of safely removing the Mind Stone from Vision. In this scene, Shuri is talking with Bruce Banner while examining Vision and asking him why they didn’t design a part of Vision a certain way. Bruce responds by telling her sheepishly that they didn’t think of it. (Remember what we said earlier about her being confirmed as the smartest character in the MCU?)

3. Wakanda Forever.

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Shuri is many things, but afraid of a fight is not one of them. She has no real super powers, only her superior intellect and technology. Not only that, she is a princess. She is royalty and, as such, she has the protection of fearsome warriors such as the Dora Milaje. But that doesn’t stop her from joining into a fight to not only save her brother, but also her people.

4. “I thought you meant Coachella.”

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At the end of Black Panther, Shuri accompanies T’Challa to California. He takes her up to a desolate looking building, and she tells him some what indignantly “when you said you would take me to California for the first time, I thought you meant Coachella or Disneyland.” Her demeanor changes when he tells her that he has purchased the building as part of a Wakandan outreach initiative, and that he wants her to oversee the Science and Information exchange. Moments later, she is eagerly engaging with a group of young boys from the neighborhood and telling them about Wakanda.

5. “Another broken white boy.”

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After taking a bullet in the back, Agent Everett Ross is brought back to Wakanda for treatment by T’Challa. Upon seeing her brother return with the Agent’s body, Shuri exclaims “Great! Another broken white boy for us to fix!” The “other broken white boy” of course is Bucky Barnes. Shuri was of course not only able to save the life of Agent Ross, but as we find out in an end credits scene of Black Panther, she was also able to reverse over 70 years of brainwashing and programming on Barnes.

Stay tuned for the remainder of our series highlighting more of the amazing Marvel women as we countdown the arrival of Captain Marvel!

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By Kayla
Kayla has been with Nerds and Beyond since 2016 when she decided to combine her love of fandoms and writing. She enjoys all things Marvel, gaming, reading, traveling, going to conventions and concerts. When not writing, she can usually be found in front of the TV enjoying her favorite shows and trying to make a dent in her every growing 'to watch list', behind a camera lens, or on Twitter yelling about her love for Bucky Barnes.
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