How Old Is Shuri in Black Panther 2?

December 5, 2023
David Sunnyside

How Old Is Shuri in Black Panther 2?

The first Black Panther film and Avengers: Infinity War leaned heavily into the idea of Shuri as T'Challa's tech-savvy kid sister, an outspoken, intelligent rebel who is able to create extraordinary gadgets for her royal brother. She's become an essential part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and her intelligence and character strength have earned her a spot among the most beloved MCU characters.

But it's impossible to determine Shuri's exact age in those films because the details were never explicitly stated. Black Panther: The Junior Novel suggests she was born in 1998, which would have made her around 18 at the time of the events of Black Panther and Infinity War. The movie's five-year jump after the end of Avengers: Endgame meant she lost a year of her life and returned to her existence in 2023 at the age of 20, based on the MCU timeline.

Given that Shuri spends the rest of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever mourning her brother and then assuming the role of Black Panther after their victory over Namor and the Talokanil, she'll be around 21 years old by the end of the film. This jibes with her relationship to Riri Williams, who is also around the same age, as they are portrayed as contemporaries in the film.

Shuri ends the film by undergoing a ritual that honors her brother's death. It's a small step toward her embracing the traditional aspects of her people, and balancing out the scientific and spiritual sides of her personality.

David Sunnyside
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