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Wakanda Forever Concept Art Reveals Shuri’s Costume If Chadwick Boseman Hadn’t Passed

Wakanda Forever Concept Art Reveals Shuri’s Costume If Chadwick Boseman Hadn’t Passed

After Chadwick Boseman’s death, the plot of Black Panther 2 was significantly altered, highlighting Letitia Wright’s Shuri.

Due to both TV and film projects, Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe saw a significant expansion in its scope. But amid it all, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever remained the most eagerly awaited next Marvel film. This is attributable to the original film’s enormous popularity as well as the genuine sentiments around late actor Chadwick Boseman. And according to some concept art for Black Panther 2, Shuri’s outfit would have looked different if Boseman hadn’t unexpectedly departed tragically.

When Chadwick Boseman passed away in the summer of 2020, a script for Black Panther 2 had already been written by Ryan Coogler and his team. As a result, the plot was significantly altered, and Wakanda Forever became a meditation on loss that saw Letitia Wright’s Shuri assuming the Panther’s mantle. Check out the following original concept art to see how this character was originally intended to be changed for the film:

How awesome is it, really? While Shuri’s alliance with Riri Williams, aka Ironheart, in Black Panther 2, seemed inevitable, Shuri’s equipment would have been very different. After all, if T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, had returned to lead the cast of the sequel, there would have been no reason for her to become a Panther. Let’s examine what is being shown to us in more detail.

Concept designer Phil Saunders’ Instagram account provided the picture you see above. His credits for Marvel and other studios include The King’s Man, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and Avengers: Endgame. He began working on the visual language for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever well in advance of the commencement of filming by applying his skills to the project. In addition, Saunders was already working on ideas for the Ironheart armor before Chadwick Boseman passed away from colon cancer.

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Shuri is sporting a very distinct appearance from Ironheart, who resembles her from Black Panther 2 more or less. She appears to have been able to obtain her own Vibranium wings in the film while still using her distinctive gauntlets as her main weapon. But despite significant improvements for other characters like Danai Gurira’s Okoye, this never ever materialized.

Shuri showed new technology with the Midnight Angel armor instead of the wings depicted above; Okoye and Michaela Coel’s Aneka later wore it. They were given superhuman strength and endurance in addition to the ability to fly. And it should be interesting to watch how the Angels are portrayed in upcoming MCU films. The Dora Milaje now have Ayo, played by Florence Kasumba, as their new leader.

In addition to the recent Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress for Angela Bassett and Best Song for Rihanna’s “Raise Me Up,” Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is still profitable at the box office. Ant-Man 3 will launch the MCU back into theaters on February 17. Check out the 2023 release dates for movies in the interim to schedule your trips to the movies in the coming year.

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