What’s the best way to get the upper hand against a formidable foe? Superhero movies usually showcase the different tactics used by the protagonists, such as fighting, to defeat an enemy. However, unlike the traditional way of winning through force, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s Shuri had a much more interesting approach.
Deleted scenes from movies, especially from superhero movie franchises, gives us details and a whole new take on the main story. That’s why these scenes remain deleted because they aren’t supposed to be part of the original narrative, and the sequel to Black Panther has a very interesting scrapped plotline that was scrapped by its editor.
Shuri Tried To Honeytrap Namor In Deleted Scene From Black Panther 2
As such is the standard in the MCU, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is having the best possible release that Kevin Feige could’ve dreamt of. The follow-up to Ryan Coogler’s 2018 movie, which starred the late Chadwick Boseman, closed in on $550 million at the international box office.
Having also been equally loved by critics and fans alike, Wakanda Forever is one of the MCU’s most successful movies ever. And how can they not? It’s a gripping story about a war between two kingdoms, largely initiated due to the fear of being invaded by foreign powers, not to mention it shows us who the next Black Panther will be after T’Challa’s passing.
While that plotline may be enthralling and well-written, this one deleted scene shows us a completely different side of the protagonist Shuri (played by Letitia Wright), who happens to be flirting with Namor “to get what she wants.”
Michael P. Shawver, a film editor who worked on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, recently sat down with Newsweek to discuss the movie’s deleted scenes. He talks about the crew pondering over the addition of a romance subplot for the movie-
“I think what’s really interesting is there were takes where there was some connection there…and at one point in an early cut we discussed like, ‘Hey, do we leave it there? Do we just put it out there? Let’s just add some complexity to the relationship.'”
Shawver emphasizes that they had to take extra care in making sure it’s portrayed well-
“But, then, you’ve got to watch out for portraying, for example, Shuri flirting to get what she wants as opposed to being a diplomatic leader and becoming the leader that she needs to be, that she’ll get to at the end.”
A romance subplot between the two main characters would’ve led to an interesting character development plot too, but fans of Wakanda Forever will have no regrets because it’s a great release nonetheless.
The Scrapped Black Panther 2 Romance Subplot Divides Fan Opinion
When you have a franchise as big as the MCU, one thing is bound to happen- character ship fandoms! The MCU, being essentially the largest movie franchise in the world, is also victim to this trend where fans start shipping two seemingly opposite characters with each other.
In Black Panther: Wakanda Forever‘s case, Shuri and Namor have been subject to hundreds of fan art and non-canon fan stories about a romance between the two.
The recent revelation of a scrapped romance subplot between the two by the movie’s editor, Michael P. Shawver, has done everything but help slow down the craze of the Shuri x Namor shippers. But some fans are happy that it isn’t canon-
I knew I saw some chemistry between the characters but I wasn’t sure until my gf agreed and said it was obvious. I think marvel missed a big opportunity their. The two most powerful nations on earth excluding New Asgard. They would be untouchable together as king and queen.
— Kitai / Mønument (@MonumentTwo) November 29, 2022
What more support could you need-
so we weren’t tripping and y’all started barking when we said that..
— papi (@marvelsmoon) November 29, 2022
Show it to us! –
I FUCKING KNEW I FELT GOOD CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THEM 😭 LET US SEE THE SCENES!!!!!!
— not you (@diaryunpressed) November 29, 2022
This fan is content with how the movie went down-
And I hope it never sees the light of day. pic.twitter.com/iPvgYs6aPi
— Arachno-red🥀 (@Mr_Red18k) November 29, 2022
That’s a bold statement-
Terrible, terrible idea. Shurri is what, maybe 23,24 years old. Namor is several HUNDRED years old. There is NO “shared” experiences. Talk about grooming.
— A. Duncan (@ThisIsMeAt52) November 29, 2022
If you don’t acknowledge it, it isn’t there! –
— brian (@nexuswidow) November 29, 2022
Fans who have seen the movie would agree that the original relationship dynamic between the two is much better, especially after what transpires at the end of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
It’s currently screening at your nearest movie theater, check it out if you wanna know what happens at the end!