Shuri and Namor almost had a romance in Black Panther 2, MCU editor says
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever editor Michael P. Shawver reveals that Shuri and Namor were almost romantically linked in the Marvel Studios sequel.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever editor Michael P. Shawver reveals that Shuri and Namor were almost romantically involved in the Marvel Studios sequel. Directed by Ryan Coogler, 2018’s long-awaited follow-up Black Panther got the job done after the unexpected death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020. Despite the difficulties and new setbacks caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the filmmakers delivered a moving and powerful film that debuts Shuri as the new Black Panther and introduces the ultimate power-player in the MCU with Namor.
As the two main characters in the film, Shuri and Namor had an interesting dynamic Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, they find themselves at odds as they fight for their respective towns. Namor was desperately trying to keep the underwater city of Talokan hidden from the rest of the world, while Shuri leads a grieving nation in a precarious place. When they first met, Shuri and Namor had some of the film’s most insightful conversations, and as a result, there was a cut of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever this would have seen them romantically linked to each other, as revealed by Shawver in a new interview with Newsweek. Read his full quote below:
me Think what’s really interesting is that there were takes where there was some connection there… and at one point in a first cut we were like, “Hey, do we leave it here? Do we put it out there? Let’s add some complexity in the relationship But then you have to watch out for portraying, say, Shuri flirting to get what she wants instead of being a diplomatic leader and becoming the leader she needs to be, who will come through in the end. .So what we ended up focusing on was Namor’s line where he says, “Only the most damaged people can be truly great leaders,” and that’s planting the seed of the shared trauma that he realizes at the end. [of the film]. But that is essentially who they are, trying to lead and be leaders of their nations with all this pain, carrying this heavy heart.
Removing Shuri & Namor’s Black Panther 2 romance was the right call
The MCU has had fantastic couples in the past and they have already told love stories within superhero movies. But ultimately, even though there was clear chemistry between Shuri and Namor, it was better that Marvel Studios decided to do without their potential love line. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever it was already a full movie as it was. It had a lot of narratives to go through, and while it did a great job of balancing all of these arcs, adding one significant one could have made the film feel cluttered and out of focus.
Not moving forward with Namor and Shuri’s planned romance also helped the film focus on the film’s only romantic love: Nakia and T’Challa. OK that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever It doesn’t delve much into their dynamic, Nakia’s speech about why she chose not to attend T’Challa’s funeral highlights how difficult it has been for her. He also helped to properly prepare the final presentation of his secret son, Prince Toussaint.
Could Shuri and Namor be romantic in Black Panther 3?
After his intense struggle at the end of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, there is the idea that there is some sort of partnership forged between Wakanda and Talokan. With that in mind, expect the two nations to continue developing diplomatic relations, which means fans should see more of Namor and Shuri’s interaction. If Marvel Studios revises their planned romance inevitably Black Panther 3 is unknown, but it would be interesting to see how their relationship develops.
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