Shuri, as portrayed by Letitia Wright, has been one of THE breakout characters of the MCU. The spunky and sarcastic teen genius has stolen hearts and minds the world over, despite debuting just this year in Black Panther. Her popularity, thankfully, has not gone unnoticed. On Tuesday, Bustle revealed that the Wakandan princess will be getting her own title in Marvel’s comics range. It will be written by Nigerian-American, or “Nigamerican” as she says, author and Afrofuturist Nnedi Okorafor.
?Announcement: I'm writing Shuri. ?
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) July 17, 2018
Okarafor has become famous for fusing her African heritage with the famously white genres of science-fiction and fantasy. She’s a major figure in the Afrofuturist movement, a creative and philosophical movement that speaks to the African diaspora through high-tech and often futuristic settings. The movement was a major influence on Ryan Coogler’s depiction of Wakanda.
Okorafor’s work in the movement has won her a Hugo, a Nebula, and a Kindred Award. She has also won a World Fantasy Award. Her advocacy played a large part in getting that award to change its statue from an image of H.P Lovecraft. This will be Okarafor’s third foray into the jungles of Wakanda. She previously has written for the Black Panther book as well as a spin-off series, Wakanda Forever, starring the Dora Milaje.
An African Princess of Power
Shuri’s new series will place her somewhere she has never wanted to be: on the throne of Wakanda. With her brother T’Challa lost in space, Shuri has to leave her high-tech happy place and lead her lost and confused people. But she shouldn’t be counted out. Shuri, who first debuted in 2005, is both a technical wizard and a spiritual traveler, known by the ancestors as Ancient Future. She has even taken up the cowl of the Black Panther when her brother was incapacitated. To quote Okarfor, “don’t let the title of ‘princess’ fool you.”
Shuri will be just the seventh black hero in Marvel’s history to star in a book under their name. She will also be the third African hero to lead a book (after her brother and her sister-in-law, Storm). If you’d like to add Shuri to your pull list, its first issue will out in October of this year.