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"A war... is coming."

Zuri was a Wakandan shaman and the trusted loyal adviser to his King. Having maintained T'Chaka's secrets over his handling of the death of N'Jobu in the past, Zuri continued supporting the King of Wakanda as T'Challa took over the throne in the wake of the death of T'Chaka. However when Erik Killmonger returned to Wakanda and challenged T'Challa for the throne of Wakanda, Zuri organized the ritual duel between the pair, only to sacrifice his own life in a desperate attempt to save his king, confessing to Killmonger that he was partly responsible for the death of Killmonger's father.


Early Life

Working with N'Jobu

Zuri worked for King T'Chaka to stay with N'Jobu to keep an eye on him in Oakland. He posed as a man named James and worked with him when N'Jobu worked with Ulysses Klaue to deal out vibranium. When Wakanda was attacked by Klaue, T'Chaka came to N'Jobu and Zuri, knowing that it was N'Jobu who supplied Klaue with the information he needed to attack Wakanda. Zuri revealed that he was Wakandan and N'Jobu lashed out, pulling out his gun on Zuri. However, before N'Jobu could fire, T'Chaka killed his brother.[4]

New King

T'Challa's Coronation

"I present to you... the Black Panther!"
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Meeting Erik Killmonger

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Sacrifice and Death

"I had your father killed. Kill me."
"I'll kill you both, Uncle James!"
―Zuri and Erik Killmonger[src]
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  • Spear of Bashenga[7]






  • In the comics, Zuri was a friend and companion of King T'Chaka, and served as special attendant and warrior of his son T'Challa. He was also a good friend of Thor.

Behind the Scenes

  • Director Ryan Coogler described Zuri as the "Black Panther's version of Obi-Wan Kenobi": "He's somewhat a religious figure or spiritual figure. Spirituality is something that exists in Wakanda in the comics, and it's something we wanted to have elements of in the film. Forest's character, more than anything, is a major tie-back to T'Challa's father. Zuri is someone he looks to for guidance."[8]
  • Kurt DeVille was a stunt double for Forest Whitaker in the role of Zuri.


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