As expected, the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame leaves us with many more questions than answers – like, “who’s going to rescue Tony Stark from a depressing death in space?” and “how did Ant-Man escape the Quantum Realm” considering that Hope, Hank, and Janet all disintegrated at the end of Ant-Man and the Wasp?
Perhaps even more important, if you’re a fan of a certain snarky tech genius from Wakanda, is the lingering mystery of whether Shuri survived the snap (or “the Decimation,” as it’s apparently being called within the MCU).
We were feeling pretty confident that Shuri was alive considering that – unlike her brother, T’Challa – we didn’t see her disintegrate along with many other inhabitants of Wakanda at the end of Infinity War. Plus, Angela Bassett seemed to confirm that her character, Queen Ramonda, and Letitia Wright’s Shuri both survived Thanos’ attack in an interview (and no one argues with the queen). But Joe Russo has refused to comment on whether Shuri’s alive in Avengers 4, noting that it would “spoil things” to reveal what happened to her.
That’s not a definitive yes or a no (which makes us think it’s a yes, given that the Russos haven’t been shy about revealing Thanos’ other casualties), but the directors apparently want to keep us guessing a little longer, judging by the one glimpse of Shuri we do get in the Avengers: Endgame trailer…
While the Avengers saw a number of their allies disintegrate right in front of them at the end of Infinity War (RIP, Bucky), this shot of Bruce Banner from the trailer features three characters whose status is merely classified as “missing” – Shuri, Scott Lang, and Peter Parker.
This is pretty typical Marvel trolling, since we watched Peter die in Tony’s arms, confirming that – unbeknownst to the Avengers left on Earth, at least – he’s definitely dead, while the trailer seems to confirm that Scott is still alive despite his trip to the Quantum Realm, since he’s right there banging on Cap’s door in the final moments. That means it’s equally plausible that Shuri could be alive or dead. (Perfectly balanced, as all things should be?)
If Shuri is indeed dead, then that means Vision is still dead (er, deactivated) and is going to stay that way. As you’ll remember from Infinity War, Bruce Banner wasn’t able to come up with a way to save Vision but Shuri found the problem a cinch to solve. When Corvus Glaive attacked her lab, it looked like Shuri was able to quickly save Vision’s data before getting knocked over. If we presume that Shuri downloaded a sufficient amount of Vision’s mind in order to successfully recreate him, then that means there’s potential for Vision to be resurrected/rebuilt.
However, with Shuri out of the picture, there’s no one able to transform that data into Vision 2.0. Yes, both of Vision’s “parents,” Bruce Banner and Tony Stark, are still alive, but Infinity War showed that Shuri’s plan was beyond Bruce’s scientific capabilities, and Tony, well, he’s drifting around in space about to meet his maker, so neither of them are much help.
Still, our money’s on alive – she seemingly survived the Black Order’s attack on her lab despite being thrown through a window, and while it might’ve made sense for her to want to rendezvous with the surviving Avengers after the Decimation, perhaps she simply went into hiding to ride out the rest of Thanos’ attack? After all, maybe she’s not too kindly disposed towards reuniting with the gang who led a bunch of super-powered alien monsters to Wakanda’s doorstep and ended up getting her brother and half of her people killed.
Either way, with T’Challa out of commission and Tony (at least momentarily) stranded in space, Shuri could be pivotal in terms of both rallying Wakanda and helping Bruce come up with the tech that could undo Thanos’ snap, not to mention her familiarity with fixing Vision, so it seems unlikely the Russos would take her off the board along with Black Panther.
Do you think Shuri is alive in Avengers: Endgame? Weigh in below, and for more on the fourth Avengers movie, check out what Hawkeye’s new costume reveals about the state of the Marvel Universe, how Thanos’ armored scarecrow pays homage to the comics, and all the clues that hinted the Endgame title was in front of us all along.
Joshua Yehl contributed to this report.