Black Panther's first teaser trailer hit last night during the NBA Finals, giving fans their first look at several aspects of the anticipated film. That includes T'Challa's half sister Shuri, and now director Ryan Coogler has shared a few more details.
Shuri is played by actress Letitia Wright and can be seen wielding two Panther-themed blasters in the new footage.
That feeds directly into what makes Shuri a great character according to Coogler, who told EW that Shuri is not only a fighter but a brilliant scientist, comparing her to Tony Stark. She's spent most of her life researching and using Vibranium in her projects, and the twin blasters seen in the footage are just one of several devices she'll use in the movie.
This fits with what Wright has previously said about Shuri. "She's so vibrant; a beautiful spirit, but also so focused on what she does," said Wright. "And that's good for other people to see, especially young people to see, because it's like, "Look, there's a young black girl who loves technology and she's from Africa." It's something refreshing."
Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" follows T'Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life
Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman (T'Challa/Black Panther), Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia), Michael B. Jordan (Erik Killmonger), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Martin Freeman (Everett K. Ross), Daniel Kaluuya (W'Kabi), Angela Bassett (Ramonda), Forest Whitaker (Zuri), Andy Serkis (Ulysses Klaw), Florence Kasumba (Ayo), John Kani (King T'Chaka), Winston Duke (M'Baku/Man-Ape), Sterling K. Brown (N'Jobu), and Letitia Wright (Shuri).
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is in theaters now. Spider-Man: Homecoming lands on July 7, 2017, followed by Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017. After that Black Panther debuts on February 16, 2018, while Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018. Ant-Man and the Wasp is slated for July 6, 2018, followed by Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019.