Shuri is the Princess of Wakanda, sister of T'Challa, daughter of T'Chaka and Ramonda, and the leader of the Wakandan Design Group. An innovator responsible for creating much of Wakanda's modern technology, she is also known for designing the current generation Panther Habits. Shortly after the death of her father, she was assigned by T'Challa to delete Bucky Barnes' HYDRA programming from his mind. After her brother's coronation, Shuri assisted him and the Dora Milaje in tracking down Ulysses Klaue, only to be forced to flee Birnin Zana as Erik Killmonger overthrew the throne, eventually returning to reclaim Wakanda.
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Shortly before T'Challa deployed to South Korea, Shuri brought him to her lab to showcase new equipment she'd developed for him, including sound-nullififying boots and new a version of his Panther Habit, consisting of nanotechnology and better reliability than his previous one. She also told him to bring the Remote Control Kimoyo Beads so that she can assist in the capture of Ulysses Klaue.
Healing Everett Ross
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Helping the Winter Soldier
When her brother T'Challa brought both Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes to Wakanda, he entrusted Barnes to Shuri so she could remove the Winter Soldier programming from Barnes' mind. At the lab, Shuri explained to T'Challa and Rogers that she is using the most sophisticated bio-scanners in Wakanda to create a digital representation of Barnes' mind, in which the process would be tested to avoid damaging it while attempting to remove his brainwashing.
Months later, Shuri brought T'Challa to give his brother an update on Barnes. Shuri explained to T'Challa that, since Barnes programming is mostly connected to trigger words, she would use an algorithm that would 'reset' Barnes so HYDRA's programming could be destroyed without removing his memories. Shuri then revealed that her algorithm could be used to improve the Wakandan's technology though artificial intelligence in a more effective way than Ultron.
- "How many times do I have to teach you? Just because something works doesn't mean it cannot be improved."
Like many younger siblings, Shuri has a very childlike demeanor, always teasing T'Challa and never having much regards to formality. But she does love her family a lot and does become very concerned for her brother's safety. Not to mention that she has faith in her brother in becoming a great king and the next Black Panther, always willing to stand by his side.
Shuri is a big fan of American culture, with a lot of her inventions hinted to be directly inspired by movies that she would watch with her father. She often dresses in American style clothing as well, such as brand t-shirts, jeans, and shorts in high contrast to the traditional or high-class clothes of other Wakandans. She also appears to be very interested in social media, recording instances of her pranks on T'Challa and quoting internet memes at him.
She is also very sarcastic to the point of being disrespectful. When Everett Ross asked Shuri what to do with the Wakandian planes he found, she responded condescendingly, telling him "Shoot them down, genius!"
- "What do you know?"
"More than you!"
- ―Black Panther and Shuri
- Genius-Level Intellect: Shuri is one of the smartest humans in the world, and her intelligence rivals those of Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Stephen Strange, Hank Pym, Erik Selvig and Helen Cho.
- Multilingualism: Shuri is fluent in her native language, Xhosa, as well as English.
- Kimoyo Beads: Shuri was able to receive a call with these and control the Vibranium mines using them.
- Remote Control Disks: Shuri uses this equipment to drive and pilot various vehicles from her lab in Wakanda. These disks also possess an array of advanced technological capabilities.
- Vibranium Gauntlets: These gauntlets shoot blasts of energy powerful enough to subdue Killmonger in the Golden Jaguar Habit. They are also able to send grown men flying several feet.
- Sonic Spear: After Killmonger uses his claws to disarm Shuri, she eventually goes into battle and gains one of these weapons, which Killmonger states are powerful enough to stop a tank.
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- In the comics, Shuri assumed the mantle of Black Panther from her half-brother T'Challa after he was temporarily left in a comatose state.
- Director Ryan Coogler stated that Shuri's science skills are on par with those of world-renowned geniuses' like Tony Stark.
Behind the Scenes
- Crystal Michelle was a stunt double for Letitia Wright in the role of Shuri.
- Letitia Wright describes Shuri as "an innovative spirit and an innovative mind" who "wants to take Wakanda to a new place... [and] has a great fashion sense". Wright also felt Shuri was "vibrant" and "refreshing", and was a good role model for young black girls.