Tony Stark and Bruce Banner have some major competition when it comes to genius-level intellect in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Black Panther producer Nate More, T'Challa's sister Shuri, played by Doctor Who alum Letita Wright, isn't just the smartest person in Wakanda, but in the entire world.
"As far as the technologically-advanced side, in our mind, and in our incarnation, Shuri is the head of the Wakanda Design Group," Moore said during a visit to the film's set by Screen Rant. "She’s the smartest person in the world, smarter than Tony Stark but she’s a sixteen year old girl which we thought was really interesting. Again, black faces in positions of power or positions of technological know-how, that’s a rarity. So it’s something that’s a big part of the film."
Shuri, the princess of Wakanda, was introduced in May 2005 in Marvel Comics' Black Panther #2. However, four years later, she went on to assume the mantle of Black Panther in her own right after T’Challa was attacked by the Cabal and left in a comatose state. Given that the film's teaser trailer shows T'Challa and Shuri standing in front of a pair of near-identical Black Panther costumes, some have speculated that perhaps she'll follow in the footsteps of her comic-book-counterpart and suit up, herself.
Arriving in theaters Feb. 16, director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Guira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Martin Freeman, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Angela Bassett.