Marvel Fans Are Divided Over The MCU’s New Black Panther

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is primed and ready to round out the MCU’s theatrical slate for 2022 and Phase 4 as a whole. The upcoming sequel had its fair share of bumps in the road during production, the toughest being the tragic passing of star Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman’s untimely death sent shockwaves not only through Marvel Studios, but the film industry as a whole. And that left the MCU with some pretty impressive shoes to fill when it comes to who would take on the role of the franchise’s Black Panther in the future.

Black Panther, Shuri

Speculation has swirled since the T’Challa actor’s passing, with a number of names on who the Black Panther is in wakanda forever. With the first trailer for the sequel, audiences got a strong hint that Letitia Wright’s Shuri will be taking up the mantle, and fans have been giving their thoughts on the prospect.

Fans talk about the new Black Panther

Fans online shared their thoughts after the premiere Black Panther: Wakanda Forever The trailer – released as part of San Diego Comic-Con – hinted at Letitia Wright’s Shuri taking over from the MCU’s Black Panther.

Shuri, Marvel Studios

matt ramos (aka @TheRealSupes) sparked an online debate after he tweeted that if Shuri is the next Black Panther he hopes “she undergoes training throughout the film.” He mentioned this training because he would find a “not very practical” if she should just take the “heart-shaped grass & whoops Namor” after “he was a warrior all his life:”

“If Shuri becomes the new Black Panther, I hope she gets some training throughout the movie. Even then, it would be kind of handy if she just took the heart-shaped weed and booed Namor while ‘he’s been a warrior all his life.”

This conversation stimulated, with a number of people responding to Ramos’ thoughts. @POCculture went against Supes, noting that he would “unrealistic” believe that Shuri, who is “the 2nd in line in a royal family of Black Panthers” never formed for a moment like this:

“You must love how people assume that Shuri, the 2nd in line of a Black Panther royal family, has never trained. That would actually be the unrealistic part. The stories are plentiful with male characters passing suddenly from zero to hero but THAT they can’t accept.”

@JordisTweeting points out that Shuri is ready for this, pointing out that she “was literally one of the first people to arrive for the final battle in End of Game:”

“Shuri was literally one of the first people to arrive for the final battle in Endgame.”

@AlishaGrauso also disagree with Ramos, mentioning that “I never saw T’Challa practice,” implying that the only difference between T’Challa and Shuri is their gender:

“And yet we never saw T’Challa train. I wonder what the difference is…”

@thescarletprint pointed out that this is the same character fans have seen before “to fight in Black Panther and Infinity War/Endgame“, saying shuri “clearly had combat training growing up:”

“The same Shuri we saw fighting in Black Panther and Infinity War/Endgame? The ROYAL Wakandan who clearly had combat training growing up??”

@SuperSuitShow tweeted that “When he was a man, he didn’t need to be shown training” so why should it be any different for a woman who “grew up in the same house with the same advantages:”

“When he was a man he didn’t need anyone to show him how to train… now that he’s a woman, Matt here feels they need to explain to him. It’s not like if they grew up in the same house with the same benefits or whatever.”

But that doesn’t mean nobody agrees with Ramos. @Chiefkeith94 answered this question “coaching” saying “That’s a good question to ask:”

“I don’t understand how y’all can take this the wrong way, it’s been implied that T’Challa has been training and fighting his whole life to take over, that’s a fair question to asking if it’s Shuri, how can she invent that gap, it could be explained in the movie, but that’s a fair question”

@_MrQuoteMe says it would be more fun if, at the end of the film, it was revealed that “boom it’s Nakia” who would be the new Black Panther:

“Because of that I feel like it’s on for nakia, she’s already had combat training, I think everyone thinks it’s shuri until the end, then boom it is Nakia lol. Honestly that would be kinda dope but I’m hyped for either one”

@AlexCrossFader came to the same side of the argument as Ramos, noting that fans have been “shown that Shuri is not a good hand-to-hand combatant,” and win the title of Black Panther “requires melee combat against the best Wakandans warriors:”

“No, it’s not. In the MCU, we’ve been shown that Shuri is not a good hand-to-hand combatant. Winning the title of Black Panther requires hand-to-hand combat against the best Wakandans warriors .”

@guy_lnd expressed his disdain for the MCU’s T’Challa and Shuri, posting that director Ryan Coogler “showed that he doesn’t really understand” what made either character great, calling their versions “bland, one-dimensional and ultimately replaceable:”

“Ryan Coogler has shown that he doesn’t really understand what makes Shuri (a badass warrior princess) or T’Challa (a regal, ruthless super genius) great characters in the first place. His versions are bland, one-dimensional and ultimately replaceable in Black Panther #RecastTChalla”

And @KeiziTV points out that he “I want Shuri to be the next BP,” mentioning that the character is “VERY intellectually gifted” and this line is “rarely built on it,” so making her Black Panther would be “remember from such an important characteristic:”

“I do NOT want Shuri to be the next BP. It has nothing to do with her being female and I know it’s in the comics. Shuri is a VERY intellectually gifted character, on which one has rarely been built. I feel like the new BP would take away such an important feature.”

Is Shuri Black Panther worthy?

If one were to poll a thousand Marvel fans, asking them what they thought of Shuri becoming the next Black Panther, there would surely be as much indecision as among the tweets above. It’s a big decision after losing one of the most famous in MCU history.

And there’s no right answer here, at least until fans see the movie. The only people who know who will take on the role of Black Panther are the people working directly on Wakanda forever. For now, fans just need to believe they know best.

As for the mention of a lack of training being used as the reason for not allowing Shuri to succeed T’Challa, audiences have seen Princess Wakandan in battle throws before, as noted above.

If she were to take on the role of Black Panther, she would probably fight/look a little different than her older brother, but that’s to be expected with anyone. She would be a different version of the masked hero because he’s a different person, but that wouldn’t make her a lesser Black Panther.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever hits theaters November 11.

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