With Black Panther going from strength to strength and the introduction of Wakanda and it’s inhabitants to viewers and fans all over the world, a new realm of possibilities has opened up for the MCU.
Among the many new characters brought to life, Princess Shuri was a definite a scene stealer. T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) younger sister was portrayed wonderfully by Letitia Wright, instilling her character with a witty sense of humor, extreme intelligence and thirst for adventure all while keeping her feet on the ground. The 16-year-old Shuri possessed the lighthearted mannerisms and charm of a teenager and the sense of duty and thoughtfulness required of her position at the same time.
Not unlike the other resident MCU genius – Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) -who often regresses to the role of a spoiled brat she also balanced perfectly between being head of the Wakandan Design Group and Princess.
Speaking of Iron Man, the ending of Black Panther makes us wonder how much of Wakandan technology will be used in the future of MCU. Seeing that T’Challa opens up Wakanda to the rest of the world and promises to share their know-how and technology, that the vibranium meteor has so generously offered to the African nation, with the rest of the world. It seems very likely that other than Captain America, who has been provided with new Vibranium tech as we can see in the Infinity War trailer, more MCU characters stand to gain from Wakanda’s advancements.
Who would be a better candidate to don Vibranium armor than Tony Stark. If not in the first part of the fight against Thanos, given that Iron Man survives of course, it is more than possible that a meeting of masterminds between Shuri and Tony will bring on a collaboration that will benefit Stark immensely. A Mark 47 suit made of Vibranium would make Iron Man a highly superior character in terms of invulnerability and set him as a formidable adversary to any villain or friend (see rampaging Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron).
Will Shuri teach Tony a couple of new things, would she hold her ground against fellow geniuses like Stark and Banner. Wright in an interview with the L.A. Times had this to say on the matter:
“I think she’ll be OK. I think she would humble herself to learn from them, and challenge them as well with new designs and new ideas from Wakanda. And she’s willing to learn from the West because her brother is so open now. I think she’s embracing that as well. She would hold her own.”
Given that Adamantium is out of the picture due to Fox owning the rights to Wolverine and the X-Men universe (for the time being) an abundance of indestructible material would help out the non-super powered in the MCU a great deal.
Who else do you believe would benefit form Wakandan technology? Leave your thoughts in the comments!