While she skipped some of the Panther protocol, Shuri climbed a huge mountain, traversed a small army of panthers, and attained the heart-shaped herb reserved only for Black Panthers. Upon ingesting the herb, she declared her worthiness to the Panther God, which did not sit well with the deity. Because of her jealousy, hubris and entitled feelings, the god told Shuri she was not worthy to become the Panther.
Usually, that meant that the candidate would forfeit his or her life, but Shuri returned to consciousness in time to face the oncoming threat of Morlun. In spite of the rejection, she donned the costume and played her part in a plan to take out the totem-devourer. After succeeding, a mystic by the name of Zawavari reasoned that Shuri proved her value by engaging Morlun, assuming she’d die in the process, proving herself worthy as she did.
Shuri took on the great responsibility as Black Panther, even as her brother began to recuperate from his injuries. Her first days and weeks as Black Panther proved incredibly difficult as Doctor Doom plotted against her homeland. Still, she banded together with Namor and the Fantastic Four to take on the Latverian despot who attempted to teleport directly into Wakanda and take the Vibranium for himself.
As the Black Panther, Shuri worked alongside T’Challa, Storm, the Fantastic Four, War Machine, Monica Rambeau, and Deadpool to stop Doom’s scheme from coming to fruition. She agreed with her brother’s plan to make the Vibranium inert, which derailed Doom’s plan. At the end of the conflict, Shuri wanted to kill the dictator, but appealed to her better nature and allowed him to live, saying that if he ever stepped foot on Wakandan soil again, she’d end him.
While her brother left the country to take care of Hell’s Kitchen for Daredevil, Shuri did her own traveling to stop Klaw from getting his hand on the other kinds of Vibranium found around the globe. Along the way, she teamed up with Ka-Zar, Shanna, Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Black Widow to put an end to the villain’s plans.
Shuri continued to serve as the Black Panther, even after Mr. Fantastic helped T’Challa become a new kind of Black Panther that championed the city of the dead. This, of course, installed her as the main Wakandan leader during the Avengers’ fight against the X-Men. T’Challa later broke up with Storm, Namor flooded Wakanda, and the Cabal set the nation under siege. Shuri sacrificed herself fighting Proxima Midnight, giving her brother enough time to escape and continue the battle for the survival of their reality.
After the reality-shaking Secret Wars, T’Challa attempted to bring his sister back to life. However, Shuri proved to be in another place altogether called the Djalia, also known as the Plane of Wakandan Memory, where she learned the power of her peoples’ song which came in the form of an intensive history lesson.