Wakanda, officially known as the Kingdom of Wakanda, is an isolationist country located in Africa. It is ruled by King T'Challa, the heir of the mantle of Black Panther, and is the only known source of the metal vibranium.
Millennia ago, in the heart of Africa, five tribes went to war over a meteorite dense with an alien metal. As the fighting intensified, the Panther God guided a warrior towards a plant that had turned into a Heart-Shaped Herb as a result of the metal's powers.
Upon ingesting the herb, the warrior discovered that he had been imbued with superhuman abilities and used them to unite the tribes, who hailed him as the "Black Panther".
Wakanda's government evolved out of Africa's pre-colonial, tribal councils. The centralised monarchical position of the Black Panther remained largely uncontested by a single dynasty, which has ruled Wakanda since its birth as a civilisation. The neighbouring tribes each have a seat at the tribal council, in which the Black Panther's rule is always final.
Wakanda was marked as a "hot-spot" for activities monitored by S.H.I.E.L.D. As such, it was displayed in the holographic maps used by the organization to oversee those activities, such as the ones present in the room where Nick Fury met with Tony Stark to discuss his formal integration into the Avengers Initiative.
Theft of Vibranium
- "When stolen Wakandan vibranium was used to make a terrible weapon, we in Wakanda were forced to question our legacy. Those men and women killed in Nigeria were part of a goodwill mission from a country too long in the shadows. We will not, however, let misfortune drive us back. We will fight to improve the world we wish to join."
- ―T'Chaka at the signing of the Sokovia Accords
Sometime later, the United Nations passed the Sokovia Accords before arranging a formal ceremony at the Vienna International Centre in Austria. T'Chaka and his son T'Challa were among those in attendance.
During the ceremony, as T'Chaka gave the keynote address, a bomb detonated and decimated the building, killing T'Chaka and twelve other people.
Immediately following the attack, security footage revealed that Bucky Barnes was responsible for T'Chaka's death. T'Challa, who inherited the throne, set out to kill Barnes only to discover he had been framed by Sokovian intelligence officer Helmut Zemo.
- Wakanda is depicted as a small area around Lake Turkana, a point where Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia meet. Interestingly, this is the location of the Ilemi Triangle, an area of land contested between Kenya and South Sudan.
- The geography of Wakanda depicted thus far shows lush vegetation, which would situate Wakanda in Central Africa, i.e. bordering the Democratic Republic of the Congo, rather than where it is seen on maps bordering Kenya and Ethiopia, where there is mostly just desert.
- During the Sokovia Accords in Vienna, T'Chaka speaks to his son T'Challa in Xhosa, and it therefore appears to be their native tongue. However, while the Wakandan language is likely to be a Bantu language (like Xhosa is) given its location, Xhosa is spoken in southern Africa, far from where Wakanda is said to be. Additionally, given Wakandan traditions that in the comics are said to derive from Ancient Egypt, the Wakandan language may also be Afro-Asiatic.
Behind the Scenes
- In the commentary for Iron Man 2, Jon Favreau noted Wakanda specifically as one of the locations Nick Fury was watching.
- A vibranium mine in Wakanda was a location planned to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but was ultimately scrapped.
- John Kani, the actor who portrays T'Chaka, taught Chadwick Boseman to speak Xhosa for the film.
In chronological order:
- Black Panther Prelude
- Iron Man 2 (computer screen)
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (mentioned)
- Captain America: Civil War
- Avengers: Infinity War Prelude
- Black Panther
- Avengers: Infinity War
- ↑ Iron Man 2
- ↑ Avengers: Age of Ultron
- ↑ Captain America: Civil War
- ↑ Captain America: Civil War Mid-credits Scene
- ↑ https://youtu.be/72r_guh_Ckc?t=1m29s
- ↑ Captain America: Civil War
- ↑ http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Wakanda#Religion
- ↑ Black Panther's language: Where Civil War found the words of Wakanda