After months of not-so-patiently waiting, the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame is finally here. While brief and lacking in any action sequences, the first clips show the dark and dreary world after Thanos’ finger snap of death (aka The Decimation) in Infinity War. And while you might blink and miss it, the Endgame trailer revealed that yet another fan favorite character seemingly faded to dust: Black Panther‘s Shuri.
In the above image, you see Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner watching a screen, which shows the countless victims of Thanos’ snap. In addition to showing the images of Scott Lang (more on him later) and Peter Parker, Shuri’s image briefly shows. As such, we can assume that T’Challa’s genius kid sister actually faded to dust alongside her brother during the snap. And that has grave implications for the future of Wakanda.
News of Shuri’s presumed death will be shocking for the hardcore Marvel fandom, who have been closely following any news in the wake of Infinity War. This includes comments by Angela Bassett, which seemed to indicate that Queen Ramonda and Shuri both survived the snap. Now it seems Bassett may have been mistaken, as Leitia Wright’s character has perished.
With both T’Challa and Shuri gone in the wake of Thanos’ snap, Wakanda is seemingly leaderless. Not long after T’Challa exposed the country to the world in Black Panther‘s mid-credits scene, it seems that the futuristic and vibranium-infused society has lost the two heirs to the throne. So who could take over, M’Baku or maybe Okoye?
After Black Panther faded to dust in front of Okoye’s eyes, the fandom immediately began theorizing about who could take on the mantle. Shuri would be next in the blood succession, and the fans were hoping that female Panther might be present in Avengers: Endgame. But now that she seems to have died as well, it’s unclear if/how the Black Panther line could even continue. After all, Killmonger seemingly destroyed all the power-granting heart shaped herbs during Black Panther.
Of course, Shuri’s death likely will not last very long. Marvel fans are expecting the effects of Thanos’ snap to somehow be reversed during Avengers: Endgame, although how is a complete mystery. Time Travel is a popular theory, likely through Ant-Man. Because while the world things Scott Lang also faded to dust, the fans know better.
Ant-Man and The Wasp‘s mid-credits scene revealed the title character was actually trapped in the Quantum Realm when the event occurred, which has been teased to have vast powers. And with Lang popping up in the final moments of the Endgame trailer, it’s clear that he’s going to shake things up, and possibly kickstart the plant to change the world.