Wakanda, Marvel’s fictional Sub-Saharan country and home to Black Panther. Earlier Black Panther movie seemed like a gamble for Marvel fans. The character was always a D-list seller in the comics and had rarely commanded much licensing power. But the irony is that Black Panther is currently the highest grossing Marvel Cinematic Universe movie at the domestic (US) box office.
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Some facts which fans do not know are…
· Vibranium’s Demonic Effect
The discovery of Vibranium in Wakanda dates back 10,000 years. A large meteorite collapsed from the sky and smashed into the African nation. Bashenga who was the strongest warriors of Wakanda at the time led his people to investigate the crash. The Vibranium also helped in the creation of the White Gorilla cult.
In Captain America: The First Avenger, Howard Stark tells Steve that his shield is all the Vibranium they have access, making it the rarest metal on Earth.
· White Gorilla Cult
The Wakandans outlawed the dangerous White Gorilla Cult due to their destructive actions. They consumed the flesh of the White Apes that gave them enhanced strength. They worshiped Ghekre, the Ape God.
Black Panther was baptized to the use of a Heart-Shaped Herb that grants the person who consumes it enhanced strength, agility, and perception.
· Wakanda Is Scientifically Superior in Every Way
Wakanda has it all. From flying cars and modern skyscrapers to T’Challa’s kinetic energy suit and impenetrable shields. Their innovative technology is more advanced than anywhere else in the world.
In addition to new scientific discoveries, the people of Wakanda also developed methods to preserve their lush environment best. Its people utilized more eco-friendly energies including solar power, geothermal and hydrogen.
· Powerful Military and Weaponry
The country has a formidable army, navy, and air guard. But the most impressive has to be the Dora Milaje, a group of female bodyguards serving as T’Challa’s personal guard. They are highly trained and deadly.
They have their own intelligence agency known as the N’Charu Silema a spy network that worked across the globe to maintain the nation’s secrecy. They later developed P.R.I.D.E. (Princess Regent Intelligence Division Executives) as it’s protection agency.
· Politics and International Relations
The Wakandan follows a pseudo-tribal society type of government. The head of state is the Black Panther. The title is though hereditary but can be challenged by any Wakandan for the right to rule in a combat ceremony. The Wakandan Constitutional Council transformed the country from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. There are eighteen united tribes in Wakanda.
Education is highly admired in Wakandan culture. It was viewed as a fundamental building block to ancient Wakandans. The literacy rate was high due to their isolationist nature. The crown prince T’Challa was the first ever to study outside the kingdom which was forbidden. They also created the Wakandan School for Alternative Studies a special school for the meta-humans of Wakanda.
The Wakandans have faith in the African gods known as the Ennead. These ancient beings visited Earth centuries ago. They were widely adored in Egypt but also had ties to other regions of Africa. The Chief of Panther Cult was given the title of The Black Panther.