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INTERVIEW: Black Panther’s Quest’s Shuri Opens Up the World of Wakanda

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INTERVIEW: Black Panther’s Quest’s Shuri Opens Up the World of Wakanda

Trouble is headed to Wakanda in Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest. When the season picks up on September 23, the Shadow Council — featuring villains like Killmonger, M’Baku, Klau and Madame Mask — will threaten everything T’Challa has built. However, with a little help from the Avengers and his tech-savvy sister Shuri, the King of Wakanda will fight back for his kingdom and his people.

Speaking to CBR, Shuri voice actor Daisy Lightfoot offered some insight into the world of Wakanda. She teased Shuri’s sibling rivalry with T’Challa, her role in the action and a battle scene in Atlantis. She also discussed how her version of the character will be different from the ones that have come before, why Shuri is a “beautiful game-changer,” how recording as an ensemble enhanced her performance and more.

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CBR: Where do we find Shuri when Black Panther’s Quest picks up?

Lightfoot: So Shuri is just stepping — I mean, she’s been a part of the kingdom for a while obviously, but she is really trying to prove herself in the beginning. So she’s very excited about all of the missions that she can be part of, but there’s reservations. T’Challa’s trying to lead her in nice and slowly. [laughs] But she’s definitely all gung-ho and she’s ready to get into the mix with everything.

Tell me about Shuri’s dynamic with T’Challa.

It’s a lot of sibling back-and-forth, but out of complete love for each other. They have that sibling banter. Very confident in one another’s ability, and they check each other. They very much so support one another in everything that they do, but they also challenge one another to be better.

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Where does Shuri fit into the world of Wakanda?

So she’s Princess of Wakanda. She knows kind of the ins and outs of what’s going on in the kingdom, and she’s definitely doing some checks and balances for T’Challa and making sure he’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing as well. [laughs]

What can you tease about the Shadow Council, the threat Wakanda faces in Black Panther’s Quest?

Throughout the season, they definitely challenge us consistently. That’s really all I can say without giving too much away! But they are at every turn.

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