If Spider-Man actor Tom Holland gets his way, he'll be packing his bags and making a trip to Wakanda soon to hang out with T'Challa's genius sister Shuri.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly as part of a larger article about how Black Panther and Wakanda will affect the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, Holland said, "I think Peter would love it. There’s some great moments in the comics where Peter ends up there. And Letitia [Wright] and I have become really good friends over the last year and a bit. It would be brilliant to have our characters meet up, it would be so funny. She’s brilliant in the movie, she’s actually my favorite part of Black Panther.”
That will undoubtedly come as welcome news to fans who have noticed the similarities between Holland's neurotic-but-enthusiastic Peter Parker and Wright's confident-and-bubbly Shuri. They're both teen geniuses who can hold their own in a fight, and have adult mentors they can't help but needle and annoy.
Holland's reference to Peter Parker going to Wakanda is likely a nod to a scene from Peter David and Mike Wieringo's The Friendly Neighbourhood Spider-Man #2 which became somewhat of a meme earlier this year.
In theaters now, director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka/Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue.