Avengers: Infinity War will bring most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s heroes together, many of them for the first time on-screen. One highly anticipated interaction will be the meeting of geniuses Tony Stark, Shuri, and Bruce Banner, which Black Panther actress Letitia Wright is ready for it.
On February 16, Wright told the L.A. Times that Shuri would hold her own when meeting Stark and Banner. “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.”
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Shuri was introduced in Black Panther as the brilliant sister of Wakanda’s new king T’Challa. As the country’s lead engineer, she is in charge of all the technological advancements the country is making. She also keeps her brother safe by creating his Black Panther suit and his weapons.
She has reason to be confident when meeting them on-screen because Shuri is the smartest person in the MCU. Marvel’s Nate Moore told ScreenRant, “As far as the technologically-advanced side, in our mind, and in our incarnation, Shuri is the head of the Wakanda Design Group. She’s the smartest person in the world, smarter than Tony Stark.”
The upcoming Avengers will include all three characters, so a scene together is not out of the question. Black Panther ended with T’Challa sharing Wakanda’s technology with the world, which Shuri will be in charge of. The encounter would be fascinating mainly because of how Stark stubborn has been shown to be in previous MCU films. He also sees himself as the smartest person in any room.
Whichever way the encounter goes Wright will definitely bring Shuri’s joyful nature to the scene, something the actress agrees with. She did say “When people see Shuri on the screen they’re just joyful, they leave the cinema like happy, like, “Yo, she made me laugh.” to The Hollywood Reporter after all.
Avengers: Infinity War premieres May 4, 2018.