In a movie filled with pleasant surprises, Black Panther’s Shuri rated near the very top. Smart and tough, yet loyal and possessed of an equanimous sense of justice, T’Challa’s kid sister (played by Letitia Wright) won hearts first in Ryan Coogler’s Wakandan epic, and then kept right on winning them in Avengers: Infinity War.
So it’s no surprise to learn that Marvel is devoting an entirely new comics series to the genius mind behind vibranium’s many uses. Shuri will take center stage in Marvel’s forthcoming comic book of the same name, reports Bustle, enlisting her to take the reins in Wakanda after T’Challa goes missing while on a space mission.
The new series is reportedly being written by Nnedi Okorafor, already an established scribe with her award-winning, young adult novel Who Fears Death, which itself already has been picked up by HBO for a George R.R. Martin-adapted small-screen treatment.
The Nigerian-American author’s no stranger to Wakanda in the comics, either. Okorafor’s written installments for Marvel’s Black Panther: Long Live The King, as well as the Wakanda Forever series. Leonardo Romero (Hawkeye) is illustrating the new series.
Okorafor described Shuri to Bustle as “a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me,” saying that Shuri’s genius-level insights have helped her travel “spiritually so far into the past that she's seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda. The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she's super ambitious. What do I love about her? Alllll that and more.”
In terms of Wakandan lore, it appears the new series will ask Shuri to step up right as T’Challa steps off, elevating her into the Earthbound leadership role that her big brother leaves vacant while he blasts off to explore the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda. Marvel hasn’t revealed a specific release schedule for Shuri, but the first installment reportedly is expected to hit shelves this October.