The Marvel Cinematic Universe is doing an excellent job of giving more of its female heroes some much-needed time in the spotlight. Not only are many of them engaging, but they are so well-acted that it is easy for the audience to get attached to them and feel for them when they are struggling.
Shuri and Wanda are among some of the MCU’s best female superheroes and are strikingly similar in many ways, particularly in how they deal with their many losses. Their personalities and character arcs make them feel very human even when they are so intelligent and powerful.
10/10 Being Good Wasn’t Always Easy For Shuri & Wanda
Both characters attempted to act like heroes, but their actions ended up costing the lives of many. Shuri took it upon herself to protect Riri Williams from Talokan, despite Riri being a resident of another country. This contributed to a chain of events that led to the Talokanil invasion of Wakanda and the battle that resolved their conflict. Many lives were lost, despite Shuri’s attempts to make peace.
Wanda’s attempt to be a hero also backfired as she lifted Crossbones up into the air to minimize the damage of his explosion. Unfortunately, the blast hit a building and killed the people within, leading to the Sokovia Accords’ creation.
9/10 Shuri & Wanda Lost So Much So Quickly
Wanda and Shuri have lost so many people they love so quickly. Shuri lost her father in Captain America: Civil War and later lost T’Challa to disease and her mother soon after. The loss of her brother and mother was particularly painful to her, especially since the conflict with the Talokanil gave her little time to process what had happened.
Wanda lost a lot as well, first losing Pietro, losing Vision three different times, and losing her sons. These characters experienced so many losses in rapid succession.
8/10 Shuri & Wanda Isolated Themselves
After experiencing heavy losses, Shuri and Wanda isolated themselves from the world. Shuri locked herself in the lab to keep her mind off of her brother’s death, feeling that if she didn’t, she would have directed her anger toward the world.
Wanda isolated herself multiple times. She remained in Westview to live out her fantasy of living a perfect, sitcom-style life with her family, then lived in a remote area to study the Darkhold in an attempt to find a way to get her sons back.
7/10 Shuri & Wanda Brushed Off Other People
Shuri brushed off the counsel that others offered her. Unwilling to move on, she refused to burn her funeral clothes with her mother. She even brushed off M’Baku after her mother’s funeral, in which she was wearing the same clothes that she had refused to burn. Shuri marched to the beat of her own drum and even left Wakanda, allowing M’Baku to propose a challenge for the throne.
Wanda ignored any advice that came her way as well, quickly growing tired of people telling her what to do and that they understood her plight when they didn’t. Doctor Strange, Mr. Fantastic, and many more people earned Wanda’s disgust when they tried to sympathize with her.
6/10 Shuri & Wanda Felt Helpless Despite Their Talents
Wanda and Shuri struggled with feelings of helplessness. Both women are incredibly talented: Shuri is a brilliant engineer, scientist, and physician responsible for many of the advancements of Wakandan technology. Wanda is one of the strongest beings in the MCU, the Scarlet Witch who is capable of rewriting reality and wielding chaos magic.
Despite their talents, neither of them was able to save the people they cared about. Despite Shuri’s efforts, she couldn’t save T’Challa with her knowledge and couldn’t perfectly recreate the Heart-Shaped Herb at the time. Wanda’s magic couldn’t save Vision from Thanos and wasn’t enough to help her regain her sons.
5/10 Shuri & Wanda’s Loved Ones Sacrificed Themselves For Others
The people Wanda and Shuri loved died, sacrificing their lives to save someone else. Shuri’s mother, Ramonda, died when she saved Riri Williams from drowning. She couldn’t get herself to the surface in time, and no one was able to revive her after she was found.
Wanda’s brother, Pietro, died saving Hawkeye and a child from Ultron. Her husband, Vision, died trying to protect his infinity stone from Thanos, then later gave his own life so that the people of Westview could be freed from the Hex.
4/10 Shuri & Wanda Can Be Scary
Both women can be utterly terrifying when they are angry enough. After losing her mother and receiving advice from Killmonger, Shuri was hellbent on revenge. She recreated the Heart-Shaped Herb and became the next Black Panther. She fought Namor with a great deal of ferocity, and even after getting impaled, she used her sheer willpower to drag herself over to Namor to keep him from getting to the water.
Wanda became a horror movie villain in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness, chasing America Chavez with unearthly intensity. Even when she was injured, she continued to limp after her target as if the pain didn’t matter to her.
3/10 Shuri & Wanda Do The Right Thing In The End
Although a single-minded obsession consumed Shuri and Wanda, they managed to find redemption. After defeating Namor, Shuri quickly realized that her need for revenge had completely consumed her and that she would truly become a monster if she went through with killing him. Killing him would have only corrupted her, and if she felt satisfaction from it, she would have continued to deal with her future problems similarly.
Wanda desperately wanted to steal alternate versions of her children from a different part of the Multiverse, but after seeing how terrified the boys were of her, she saw what she had become. She took it upon herself to destroy every copy of the Darkhold throughout the Multiverse so no one else would get tempted by it again.
2/10 Shuri & Wanda Were Snapped By Thanos
Thanos killed both women after the Snap. When Wanda turned into dust, she was holding Vision’s body and seemed to accept her fate. Shuri was also a victim, although she wasn’t seen on screen. Avengers: Endgame posters actually confirmed that she was one of the many people who did not survive.
The heroes who pulled through had colored posters, while the heroes who didn’t survive received posters that were in black and white. When they returned to life after the second Snap, both women were eager to get revenge on Thanos and his army.
1/10 Shuri & Wanda’s Actions Were Meant To Reunite Them With Those They Lost
Both women looked for ways to reunite with the people that they had lost and missed so desperately. Shuri recreated the Heart-Shaped Herb partially to see either her brother or mother again in the Ancestral Plane. She longed for their comfort and advice and was horrified when she instead found her cousin waiting for her. Deep down, Shuri didn’t believe in the Ancestral Plane, which is why she didn’t get to reunite with her loved ones.
Wanda made multiple attempts to reunite with the people she loved. Without fully realizing it, she used her own power to create another Vision and her sons. When Wanda lost them, she scoured the Multiverse for other versions of her sons. When she is seen interacting with them, she gets so teary and emotional that the audience can’t help but feel for her.
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