Fortnite and Marvel are releasing a new comic this summer, and the cover suggests that Shuri could be the next playable Marvel character skin.
Fortnite and Marvel are teaming up once again for a new comic book crossover, which hints that Shuri of Black Panther fame could be the next playable Fortnite skin. Epic’s massively successful multiplayer battle royale title has seen several guest appearances from Marvel over the years, dating all the way back to the infamous Avengers baddie Thanos in 2018. Plenty of other comic book heroes, video game characters, and even real-life celebrities have been featured in Fortnite, including those from rival publishing house DC Comics, but Marvel has arguably been represented in Fortnite the most over the years, with the most recent Fortnite/Marvel characters including Spider-Man and his insane arch-nemesis, the Green Goblin.
This connection between Fortnite and comics has gone in the other direction as well, with DC publishing two crossover comics that saw Batman trapped in a deadly game of Fortnite. In addition to allowing fans to see the Dark Knight face off against characters like longtime GI Joe member Snake Eyes and Fortnite’s own The Foundation, these Fortnite/Batman crossover comics led to even more DC characters being brought into Fortnite – such as the dreaded Batman Who Laughs. Now, it seems that Marvel is getting into the four-color Fortnite crossover fun as well, and might even be hinting at a brand-new playable skin along the way.
Yesterday, the FortniteBR Twitter account revealed that Marvel is partnering with Fortnite to publish a new crossover comic titled Fortnite X Marvel: Zero War. As pointed out by The Gamer, the cover shown in this recent tweet features characters that have already appeared as playable Fortnite skins – except for Shuri, who appears alongside Wolverine and Spider-Man in a new costume. This has led some fans to suspect that Shuri could be revealed as a new playable character when Fortnite X Marvel: Zero War hits comic stands in June – though nothing to the effect has been confirmed by Epic or Marvel as of this writing.
In the comics and MCU films, Shuri is the younger sister of T’Challa/Black Panther, a princess of the African nation of Wakanda, and a gifted scientific and technological genius who even rivals the likes of Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. While she has remained a strong supporting character for her brother since her first illustrated appearance in 2005 (and has even taken up his mantle as the Black Panther on occasion), her first real exposure to mainstream audiences came in the form of 2018’s Black Panther and subsequent appearances in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. On the gaming side of things, Shuri was most recently featured in the Marvel’s Avengers: War For Wakanda DLC expansion, where she and her brother joined forces with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to protect Wakanda and its Vibranium reserves from Ulysses Klaue and the forces of A.I.M. However, while T’Challa was added to Fortnite in 2020, Shuri herself has yet to be included.
Shuri has become an incredibly popular character over the past few years, so it’s possible that she might be coming to Fortnite soon – especially given her placement on the cover of the upcoming Fortnite X Marvel: Zero War comic. This is merely fan speculation at this point, but Epic will likely reveal if and when Shuri’s hypothetical Fortnite character skin will be released around the time that Fortnite X Marvel: Zero War comes out later this year.
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