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.
Sometime in the 1940s, Howard Stark, the founder and CEO of Stark Industries, sent his researchers to Africa. It was in one of its deepest regions that the researchers discovered vibranium, a metal that supposedly absorbed and deflected vibrations and kinetic energy naturally.
S.H.I.E.L.D. SurveillanceWakanda 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
Black-market arms dealer Ulysses Klaue smuggled large amounts of vibranium out of Wakanda. Klaue was eventually captured and had the word "thief" burnt into his neck, but managed to escape. Klaue began to sell vibranium on the black market until 2015, when the artificial intelligence Ultron purchased the remaining caches for a few billion dollars.
- "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
After a terrorist attack in Lagos claimed the lives of twenty-six people, eleven of the victims being relief aid workers from Wakanda, King T'Chaka was one of several international politicians who called for the United Nations to create a system of accountability.
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.
- Bruce Banner mispronounced Wakanda as "Wakanada".
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.