'Black Panther', since its release over a month back, has been breaking one box officer record after another and people cannot seem to stop watching the film.
There are many reasons for this to be a groundbreaking film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some of them being celebration of Afro-futurism, open discussion of the tension between Africans born and raised in the motherland and African-Americans and the female warriors surrounding the superhero who are equally badass as him.
However, there is one character who stands out in the film above all else, and that is King T’Challa’s sister Shuri. The Wakandan teenager is a tech genius, whose spontaneity and wit saves the people around her multiple times. It has also made fans demand a solo film of Shuri, with Letitia Wright reprising her role in 'Black Panther.'
Considering the only person she often gets compared to and even come remotely close to challenging her intellectually is Tony Stark aka Iron Man, that seems to be the direction MCU fans want Shuri to go. Basically, she could be the new Iron Man... Iron Woman... Iron Person... Iron Heart?
Shuri definitely has a big role to play in Infinity war, based on the end- credit scene in the Black Panther, wherein she is seen interacting with Bucky Barnes who has just been woken up from a coma. Shuri has clearly cured him and will hopefully get to interact with the rest of the Avengers, including Tony.
Iron Man has appeared in 9 different MCU films over the course of 10 years. Now, that is a long time to play the same role, but that isn't the only reason we want her to be the new Iron Heart. There is a storyline in the Marvel comics wherein a black teenage girl who studies at MIT and replaces Iron Man as Iron Heart.
T’Challa's has made the decision to share Wakanda's gift with the world and may even be working from America every so often, having bought the building Killmonger grew up in.
This would be the perfect opportunity for Shuri to move to the US as well, specifically to Oakland, California, where the Wakandan princess will share their technology with the local community.
T'Challa ultimately hopes that his sister would head the first Wakandan outpost that aims at helping and educating those who are often "forgotten about or overlooked." Along with this, she can also join the MIT and fulfil the backstory that is required of Iron Heart.
Another theory is that she could become the next Black Panther. It is, afterall, in her blood. While we are totally fine with this outcome as well, We haven't had enough of Chadwick Boseman as the Wakandan king on screen, so it would be a while before that can come to fruition. Moreover, Killmonger had the garden of Heart-Shaped Herbs destroyed.
So, for now, we are hoping for the African princess to put on the Iron suit.
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