Black Panther: Wakanda Foreveris is now available on Disney Plus. And in just a few days since its streaming debut, the film has reignited mournful remembrances of the first film's star, Chadwick Boseman, as well as criticism of its treatment of certain characters from the original comics. And among all the hullabaloo, the controversial ship between the films' main hero and antagonist has resurfaced.
Shuri, who was killed by her brother, must take on the role of Black Panther herself. But before she is ready, the Wakandan princess (played by Letitia Wright) faces an unprecedented threat to her country—the Talokanil. Talokanil are led by a king known as K'uk'ulkan and, when fighting surface dwelling colonizers, Namor (Tenoch Huerta). Namor is the first child born with the mutations that allow Talokanil to
Namor sought the assistance of the Wakandans and attempted to ally himself with Shuri, despite her being debatably kidnapped, murdered her mother, and nearly fought her to the death. Fans are gonna fandom.
Fans of the couple who sent the couple's favorite Shuri/Namor moments on social media have since added the film to streaming.
One Twitter user described the couples' tour of the underwater Talokan as a date (even though Shuri was being held captive), sharing a particularly scenic moment from the film.
Another post describes his attack on Wakanda, in which he murdered Shuri's mother and the nation's queen, as "a bit hot," "not going to lie."
Another moment in which Namor realizes how terrible his relationship really is comes during the pair's last fight. Shuri and her team of engineers have devised a strategy that will dehydrate the air and his skin, reducing his abilities. He sees her in "awe and admiration while she's spitting fury and baking him alive." According to this reading, "he's OBSESSED."
On the popular fanfiction site Archive of Our Own, Shuri and Namor are also popular. Over 400 entries have been submitted under the Namor of Talokan/Shuri tag alone. One particularly popular work titled "The Water Queen" depicts Shuri returning to Talokan years after the conclusion of Wakanda Forever and their eventual courtship.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever may be seen on Disney Plus.