While we won’t see much of the Black Panther characters on screen for a minute, there is some hope for die-hard Wakanda fans within the pages of Marvel‘s new comics.
Marvel Comics is coming out with a new standalone comic book series starring Shuri, T’Challa’s tech-whiz sister.
According to Bustle, the series will debut in October 2018 and will tell the story of Shuri’s journey in the face of a tragic event: Black Panther is lost on a mission in space, leaving Wakandans asking questions about who should lead in his absence. As his little sister and next in line for the throne, Shuri is called on to take on that duty. According to the official Marvel synopsis, “Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one — and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own.”
Nigerian-American Afrofuturist author Nnendi Okorafor, best known for her novel Who Fears Death, will be penning the storyline. Okafor has also guest contributed to the Black Panther storyline with issues of Black Panther: Long Live the King and the Wakanda Forever series, that follows Dora Milaje.
“[Shuri is] an African young woman of genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has traveled spiritually so far into the past that she’s seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda,” Okafor told Bustle. “The Ancestors call her Ancient Future. And she’s super ambitious. What do I love about her? All that and more. She’s a character in the Marvel Universe who really sings to me.”