How Black Panther 2’s tradition vs. technology problem saves the day

in the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the death of King T’Challa has a profound impact on Princess Shuri and leaves her with a crisis of faith. While her mother, Queen Ramonda, wants her to let go of the grief, Shuri is holed up in her lab, haunted by how she failed to replicate the heart-shaped herb and save her brother. Still, science was her rock, so she ignores the Queen’s attempts to remember her legacy, which has healed her in the past, and focuses on gadgets and weapons.

It leads to a spiritual conundrum and an emotional maelstrom inside, tearing her apart as she tries to come to terms with it. Included Wakanda forever dissects a very intriguing debate between tradition and technology, with Shuri contemplating the steps forward for herself and her kingdom. And unsurprisingly, when she finds the answer, she ends up being Wakanda’s saving grace.

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Black Panther 2’s Shuri combines technology and tradition

Queen Ramonda and Shuri in Black Panther Wakanda Forever

When Shuri and Riri flee the Talokan Empire, Namor takes Ramonda’s life. However, Shuri has a necklace given to her by Namor, the fibers of which were made from Vibranium-enriched earth. Coincidentally, this was passed down to the vengeful king by Namor’s mother Fen, who now allows Shuri to extract the compounds, use her brother’s DNA, and recreate the heart-shaped herb.

Shuri then drinks the serum and doesn’t bother with the ritual with the ancestors as she doesn’t have time. It leads to her meeting Killmonger at the ancestral level but ignoring his corrupting ways while becoming the new Black Panther and knocking Namor down. Eventually they strike a truce, with Shuri confident that she made her family proud of what she did with the coat. It’s a brilliant way of fusing technology and tradition, and reminds Shuri that new methods and legacy methods can work together.

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Black Panther 2’s Shuri still wants a subverted evolution

Shuri Avenger

In the mystical realm, Shuri told Killmonger how Wakanda’s hopes and dreams died with her mother. But while she’s come to her senses, she knows changes must happen, especially since she can’t trust the outside world. And that’s why she doesn’t participate in the sacred waterfall ritual to see who will lead the African nation and send M’Baku. Instead, she meets Nakia in Haiti, where she discovers her nephew, T’Challa.

This escape speaks to Shuri trying to find her purpose after suffering so many losses but holding on to what her mother passed on. After all, she goes through the funeral rites and burns the white robe, proving that she has rediscovered her passion for heritage and culture. Granted, she’s not as religious as Ramonda would have liked, but the young lady’s faith was shaken after she lost her parents and siblings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But ultimately she believes in the Black Panther symbol and what her family stood for. Once she begins to believe in herself, she will surely return to Wakanda to decide how to unite generations, knowledge and dynasties.

To see Shuri’s journey, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is in theaters now.


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