After Avengers: Infinity War cast some big names aside, room was created for the other characters to carry out significant story arcs. The likes of Captain America, Black Widow, Ant-Man and Hawkeye, who got little to no parts in Infinity War will now play key roles in Avengers 4. As set up by the future that Doctor Strange saw, Iron Man will have the most important role, and since Black Panther has been done and dusted, his sister Shuri will also have to step up and come into the spot light.
The meeting of Tony and Shuri has already been teased, and we may even have the presence of Banner and Rocket in the room, so the entire conversation is gonna be a treat to watch. It may be possible that Shuri may actually bring Vision back to life, but a new theory given by a Redditor named Hockeytalkie suggests that she is going to play a vital role in the upcoming finale. His theory begins with the role of the Astral Plane that was teased in the Black Panther movie as it says:
“In Black Panther, the Ancestral Plane is depicted as an alternate dimension of sorts that the souls of the dead travel to after their life has ended. Through a process that involves the ingestion of the Heart-Shaped Herb, Black Panthers can briefly converse with their dead loved ones on the Ancestral Plane, and we see this happen three times–twice with T’Challa, and once with Erik Killmonger. One can reasonably assume that whoever is the next Black Panther, if there is one, will undergo the same process, and subsequently take a trip to the Ancestral Plane.”
It then continues stating that since Black Panther is gone, Shuri will actually helm the title of a new Black Panther:
“Many have predicted that, in the wake of T’Challa’s disintegration in Infinity War, his sister Shuri will take up the mantle of the Black Panther. It’s something that has happened in comic book continuity, and she already demonstrated her combat prowess by nearly taking out Killmonger single-handedly. The Heart-Shaped Herbs were seemingly destroyed on Killmonger’s orders, but if anyone can find a way to bring them back, it’s Shuri.”
The previous dead Panthers obviously end up in the Astral Plane and the theory continues with that, but it suggests an outcome where T’Challa might not actually be there. It says:
“I’m sure that Shuri would be excited to see her father, T’Chaka, on the Ancestral Plane, but she’d probably be most interested in speaking to T’Challa. But what happens if T’Challa isn’t there?
Based on the comic book history of the Infinity Stones, it’s entirely likely that the victims of The Snap aren’t truly dead, and that it’s possible to “bring them back” without breaking the laws of the universe. Of course, in order for that to happen, the heroes of Earth will first have to discover that The Snapped aren’t deceased in the traditional sense.
If Shuri goes to the Ancestral Plane and finds that T’Challa is not there, she’s more than smart enough to realize the potential implications. Once she shares this information with Steve Rogers and the rest of the Avengers, it’s just a matter of time before the quest to find the missing 50% of the population begins, and that could be the first arc of Avengers 4.”
Well, we do know that 50% of the population that was dusted will return in Avengers 4, but them not being dead would contradict what the Russos mentioned earlier, as they said that the Avengers who went out are permanently dead!
Still, this theory teases something big, and we may actually see Shuri take on the mantle of the Black Panther and even sit on the throne of Wakanda in the absence of her brother. What really happens will obviously be clear in Avengers 4, or it may even be clear when the first trailer of the film hits the net in December.
Avengers 4 comes out on May 3, 2019, and here’s the official Synopsis:
“A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.”