The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a long-form narrative that has sprinkled in iconic heroes and villains only when absolutely necessary. As a result, when they appear, it’s welcome and feels crucial to the overall plot and important for setting up the evolution of said newcomer. A great example of this was the introduction of Spider-Man or Ant-Man, who had varying levels of anticipation yet still contributed significantly to the larger story.
Captain America: Civil War’s biggest addition was the debut of T’Challa, played by the late Chadwick Boseman. His story began with his father’s death and turned him into a ruthless hunter who wanted nothing more than vengeance. However, as the story went on, it was clear this was the origin of how he became far more logical and in control of his anger. This shift was crucial to the character’s growth, and now, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has mirrored this moment in a way that defines both T’Challa and Shuri as heroes and siblings.
T’Challa Nearly Let His Anger Rule Him
Towards the conclusion of Captain America: Civil War, the film’s true villain, Zemo, had seemingly succeeded in destroying the Avengers from the inside. Zemo also assassinated King T’Chaka, framing Bucky Barnes and kickstarting his whole plan. However, this also put Bucky in Prince T’Challa’s crosshairs as he believed the ex-assassin was his father’s killer. But when the truth was revealed, T’Challa confronted Zemo, ready to avenge his father’s death.
When the moment came, T’Challa heard Zemo’s case and understood the cost of vengeance and how it took him over. As a result, T’Challa realized that vengeance wasn’t something he wanted to rule him and decided to let Zemo face justice rather than kill him. From that point forward, T’Challa’s choice defined who he would be as a king. Rather than being a vengeful ruler, he instead relied on his logic and kindness to guide his actions.
How T’Challa’s Heroic Scene Defined Shuri
In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Shuri, as the Black Panther was faced with a similar dilemma as Namor had killed her mother in an act of war. Driven by anger, she sought to kill the King and exact the vengeance she so desperately wanted. However, like her brother, she saw how vengeance had driven the two of them and used the same line as T’Challa, claiming that vengeance had consumed them, but she wouldn’t let it consume their people. As a result, she spared Namor with contingencies to protect his kingdom from the surface, and the war between nations was over.
Both Shuri and T’Challa had very different outlooks on people and life as a whole. But both scenes mirroring one another showed how the two were just as similar. On the surface, the two learned the cost of vengeance and had the resolve not to let it define their character. But where T’Challa did so to save his soul, and so he could use his skills to protect others, Shuri did so to save the souls of her people and the people of Talokan. In the end, both ends were noble in their own rights but showed just how special both Black Panthers were.
See Shuri mirror her brother in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, now in theaters.