Shuri (comics)

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Shuri as Griot, Black Panther (2018) Variant Cover.jpg
Shuri on the variant cover of Black Panther #1
(May 2018).
Art by Stanley "Artgerm" Lau.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Black Panther #2 (May 2005)
Created by Reginald Hudlin
John Romita, Jr.
In-story information
Alter ego Black Panther
Species Human
Notable aliases Griot
  • Animorphism
  • Genius-level intellect
  • Expert martial artist
  • Necromancy
  • Super speed
  • Stone skin
  • Use of high-tech equipment and weapons including vibranium uniform
  • Enhanced agility, durability, endurance, reflexes, senses, speed, stamina and strength

Shuri is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Reginald Hudlin and artist John Romita, Jr., first appearing in Black Panther vol. 4 #2 (May 2005). Shuri is a princess of the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda. She is the daughter of T'Chaka and sister of T'Challa, who is the king of Wakanda and the Black Panther, an earned title and rank given to the chief of the nation. She has a genius level intellect alongside her brother T’Challa.

After T'Challa is left recovering from critical injuries sustained in battle, Shuri is tested and found suitable for the role of Black Panther and ruler of Wakanda. She possesses all the enhanced abilities given to the Black Panther via ancient Wakandan ritual, is a skilled martial artist, allowed access to extensive advanced technologies and wealth, and uses learned transmorphic capabilities.

Along with her role in the comics, Shuri has made appearances in related television series and video games. Letitia Wright portrays the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the 2018 films Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War; Wright will reprise the character in the 2019 fourth Avengers film.

Publication history[edit]

Created by writer Reginald Hudlin and John Romita, Jr., Shuri first appeared in Black Panther vol. 4, #2 (May 2005). The character, originally written as a princess of Wakanda and supporting character, trains to and eventually successfully succeeds her older brother T'Challa, becoming the Black Panther and queen of Wakanda in her own right.[1][2]

Fictional character biography[edit]

The princess of Wakanda, Shuri is T'Chaka's youngest child and only daughter. From a very young age, Shuri coveted the Black Panther mantle. She attempts to challenge the then-Black Panther, her uncle S'yan, for the mantle, only to discover that he had already been defeated by her older half-brother T'Challa.[3] During an attack on Wakanda by Klaw and a group of his mercenaries, she uses the Ebony Blade to defeat the Russian Radioactive Man, killing him in the process. Shell-shocked by her first kill, T'Challa promises to train her in hand-to-hand combat, enabling her to fight on her own terms should she ever need to take his place as leader of Wakanda.[4]

While T'Challa and his wife Queen Ororo are away as members of the Fantastic Four, American battleships aligned with Erik Killmonger moved in on Wakanda. With their King away, Shuri and her advisers decide to sneak onto the ships in the night and incapacitate them. During the raid Shuri is captured by Killmonger's men and thrown in a cell. She challenges Killmonger himself to a fight but, seeing her as beneath him, he sends a group of his men to battle her. She defeats them easily and is broken out of her cell by Zuri, one of T'Challa's advisers.[5] After T'Challa and Ororo leave the Fantastic Four and return to Wakanda, the Skrulls invade Wakanda as a part of Secret Invasion. Shuri and her uncle S'yan lead most of the Wakandan army on an assault again the invading Skrulls, while T'Challa and Ororo battle their leaders.[6]

Prince Namor of Atlantis attempts to recruit T'Challa for the Cabal, a secret council of supervillains run by Doctor Doom. He rejects the offer but is attacked by the various members, and is left in a comatose state. Queen Ororo nominates Shuri as his successor, and she successfully completes the various trials, granting herself access to the heart-shaped herb. However, when she consumes the herb, the Wakandan Panther God does not imbue her with the powers of the Black Panther, instead rejecting her due to her lifelong jealousy of her brother's mantle and her arrogance in its presence.[1] When the powerful villain Morlun threatens to annihilate Wakanda entirely, Shuri takes on the Black Panther identity and outfit anyway, and manages to both save Wakanda and resurrect her comatose brother. Through her humble act of self-sacrifice she earns the mantle of the Black Panther, and the Panther God grants her its accompanying powers.[2]

When a now powerless T'Challa discovers that Doctor Doom infected many Wakandan officials and advisers with nanites, he goes off in search of a way to stop him, leaving Shuri as acting ruler of Wakanda.[7] Shuri tracks down and fights Namor, trying to discover for herself what part he played in her brother's injuries. Together, T'Challa and Shuri discover that the infected Wakandans, calling themselves the Desturi, intend to stage a revolution, seizing power in Wakanda for themselves.[8]

With Doctor Doom's Desturi successfully overthrowing the incumbent Wakandan government as seen in the Doomwar storyline, he finds himself with access to the world's largest supply of vibranium. Shuri and a re-powered T'Challa, who were able to avoid infection from Doom's nanites due to their heightened senses, remain the only Wakandans not under Doom's control. They team up with Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine of the X-Men to regain control in Wakanda. They succeed, but Doom steals a large portion of the vibranium. Shuri travels the globe, attempting to destroy Doom's criminal network and recover the stolen vibranium. Doom uses vibranium's inherent mystical qualities to take control of all processed vibranium on the planet, and Shuri and the other heroes attempt to fight and stop him. They succeed when T'Challa uses Doom's own mystical ploys against him, rendering all processed vibranium on the planet inert.[9]

With Wakanda struggling economically as seen in the "Klaws of the Panther" storyline, Shuri travels to the Savage Land to meet with Ka-Zar and obtain a stock of natural vibranium present there. They are attacked by Klaw, who wants the vibranium for his own use. They defeat him, but a volcanic eruption caused by his sound waves covers the vibranium and renders it unobtainable. She tracks down other stockpiles in Madripoor and New York, but Klaw already has A.I.M. troops excavating both sites and fights ensue. Klaw had created a monster called M.U.S.I.C. using the vibranium, and intended to place it on an AIM space station to enslave the world. With help from various other heroes, including Wolverine, Spider-Man and Black Widow, Shuri is able to thwart his scheme.[10]

Following Namor's attack on Wakanda during Avengers vs. X-Men, Shuri declares war on Atlantis, despite her brother's protests.[11] The Wakandans virtually level Atlantis, leaving only a few Atlantean survivors.[12] In retaliation for Shuri's assault on Atlantis, Namor lies to Thanos’ agents by falsely telling them that the Infinity Gems were located in Wakanda. [13] After Wakandan troops were forced to retreat from a counter attack by Thanos’ army, Shuri learns from the Dora Milaje that T’Challa was in contact with Namor during the Wakandan/Atlantean conflict and that he allowed Namor into the Necropolis several times during the conflict.[14] As a result, Shuri banishes T’Challa from Wakanda's capital city.[15]

During the 2013 "Infinity" storyline, it is shown that Shuri is the head of the Wakandan School for Alternative Studies.[16]

When Wakanda is attacked by the Cabal during the "Time Runs Out" storyline, Shuri sacrifices herself by staying behind in order to hold off Proxima Midnight so T'Challa can escape.[17] Her death is later confirmed when her spirit is seen among those of the past Black Panthers.[18]

As part of Marvel's 2015 branding All-New, All-Different Marvel, T'Challa is shown trying to revive Shuri's body. Shuri's soul had transcended to the Djalia which was a spiritual plane consisting of the entire memories of Wakanda. There Shuri trained under the tutelage of a griot spirit who had taken the form of her mother, Ramonda. As they trained the griot spirit shared the memories of not only Wakanda but also before the nation had formed. With the help of Manifold, T'Challa was able combine his technology and Manifold's bending of reality to bring Shuri's soul back to the physical plane. After her revival Shuri had been imbued with the power similar to that of the griot spirit. She had then been informed of the events taking place in her absence including the rogue Dora Milaje and the rebellion led by Tetu and Zenzi. Shuri had then set out to confront the rogue Dora Milaje and convince them to join forces with T'Challa in order to stop the rebellion and the march against the Golden City, which she was successful in doing. With the united power of Shuri, T'Challa, Manifold, the Dora Milaje and the forces of Wakanda, Tetu was defeated although Zenzi had escaped. As the rebellion came to an end Shuri joined Wakanda's council that had been established by T'Challa.[19]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Before undergoing the trials to become the Black Panther, Shuri was an extensively trained martial artist.[6] After the trials, like the Black Panthers before her, Shuri consumed the heart-shaped herb; this granted her enhanced speed, agility, strength, endurance and senses. Her uniform is composed of vibranium.[2]

Through her training underneath the tutelage of a griot spirit while in the Djalia, Shuri had been imbued with new supernatural abilities that allowed her to transform her body into a flexible stone-like material which also granted her an enhanced durability that cannot be dented by normal gunfire or powerful directed energy weapons. Shuri is also capable of animorphism which allows her to transform herself and whoever she is in direct contact with into a flock of black birds[20] or singular large dark bird.[21]

Shuri's training in the Djalia also imbued her with super-speed[22] and the ability to temporarily reanimate Wakandan corpses.[23] Reanimating Wakandan corpses takes a lot of energy from her, meaning she can do it for only a short period of time.

Other versions[edit]

A character similar to Shuri, T'Challa's younger sister T'Channa, appeared in the Marvel Mangaverse. She turned her back on the Wakandan people, instead becoming an apprentice and later the successor of Doctor Doom.[24]

In other media[edit]


  • Shuri appears in Black Panther, voiced by Kerry Washington.
  • Shuri appears in the Avengers: Secret Wars episode "The Eye of Agamotto, Part 1", voiced by Kimberly Brooks.[25] She is leader in the technological advancement of Wakanda and is shown by telling her brother T'Challa to return to Wakanda in disarray. Finding him and Captain America in a castle on the island where she tracked him with her Wakandan technology and helps them face Baron Mordo, who took talisman of Kaluu. With her intellect, she changed the code of Mordo's talisman, by saving her brother and Captain America, and T'Challa destroyed Mordo's staff by being absorbed into another dimension. By order of T'Challa, Shuri remains in charge of Wakanda, until a subject named Agamotto left the portal locking Mordo, and destroys Kaluu's talisman, telling them to take him with Doctor Strange.
  • Shuri appears in Lego Marvel Super Heroes - Black Panther: Trouble in Wakanda, portrayed by Daisy Lightfoot.[26]


Letitia Wright as Shuri in a character poster for the 2018 film Black Panther.
  • Letitia Wright portrays Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • The character first appears in Black Panther.[27] Shuri is a technical genius beyond even Tony Stark who takes great pleasure in designing the outfits and gadgets for her brother. Even when staying in Wakanda, she helps by controlling vehicles remotely thanks to one of her inventions. After Erik Killmonger challenges T'Challa in single combat for the throne of Wakanda, she and the royal family go on the run. M'Baku and the mountain tribe agree to help them, and reveal T'Challa is not dead, although injured. Shuri helps to restore his health and power, and eagerly assists in the insurrection against the usurper. She joins the battle wearing panther shaped vibranium gauntlets to help Nakia. She also aids allied CIA agent Everett K. Ross in stopping the transport of Wakandan weapons that are intended under Killmonger's orders to begin a global insurrection. T'Challa purchases buildings in Oakland, California, and appoints Shuri as technology and research leader of the new Wakandan outreach. In the post-credits scene, Shuri is seen helping Bucky Barnes recuperate following the events of Captain America: Civil War.
    • Shuri returns in Avengers: Infinity War.[28] She attempts to find a way to extract the Mind Stone from Vision without destroying him while the Avengers, Black Panther, several Dora Milaje and the Jabari Tribe confront the Outriders' armies led by Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive and Cull Obsidian. When the Scarlet Witch joins the battle leaving Shuri and Vision defended only by Ayo, they are all attacked by Glaive and she is left unconscious.

Video games[edit]


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