‘Avengers: Infinity War’: How Big of a Role Does Wakanda Have?


Although Black Panther came out after our first real look at Avengers: Infinity War, one of the biggest questions since that trailer reveal is just how much of a role Wakanda, the home of Black panther, play into the superhero epic. Not much has been revealed about Marvel’s culminating film, but thankfully Entertainment Weekly was able to shed of a bit of light last week, with this bit of news focusing on how the recently exposed African nation fits in to the massive fight against Thanos.

If you were thinking, “hey, he’s probably coming down for the final infinity stone that has yet to show up.” Well, you’re partly right. He is, in fact, coming for an infinity stone, but not the Soul Stone. Thanos and, presumably his Black Order, are coming to the most advanced nation in the world for the Mind Stone, the gem that’s currently giving Vision life.

We’ve known for some time that if Thanos was ever going to get what he wanted, that would definitely mean pulling the Mind Stone out of Vision’s head, and the Avengers know that. So to defend him, Captain America has decided to bring Vision to the, once, most hidden nation in the world to protect him from the thunderous grip of the Mad Titan. As the trailer and other marketing has shown at this point, Cap will be joined alongside Black Widow, Hulk, Winter Soldier and others. Here’s what co-director Anthony Russo had to say:

“Vision is a living MacGuffin. Obviously, that raises the stakes because Vision’s life is in danger, and his life is in conflict with Thanos’ goals, so something’s got to give. Cap makes the decision to bring [Vision] here to Wakanda, Earth is making its last stand to keep the stone from Thanos. It’s the best place to make your last stand.”

So why Wakanda? Well, as Black Panther showed in amazing fashion, the nation and its warriors are easily capable of defending the nation and its people. But it’s not the same, hidden place it was at the beginning of Black Panther, as it’s now out in the open, wanting to help the outside world. T’Challa himself, Chadwick Boseman, commented on the history of Wakanda and the kind of help they need to protect the homeland:

“It’s never been conquered, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been challenged.”

“They trust each other. His shield was already made from Vibranium anyway. So it’s just an extension of what he already had. This time, actually giving it to him … is a testament to our relationship and trust.”

As for earth’s mightiest heroes and the current status of their relationships, here’s what Joe and Anthony Russo had to say about our favorite characters coming together for the biggest threat they’ve ever faced:

Joe Russo: “They’re fractured at the start of the movie. It was always the intent, in a larger arc, to split the Avengers up before the greatest threat that they’ve ever seen. Thanos is a virtually indestructible character, which makes him an extremely difficult character to fight.”

Anthony Russo: “In the face of this, it’s like, ‘Can you overcome the divisions that have developed between you to face a common cause?’ That’s really the question.”

That’s the real question, isn’t it? Whether or not all the heroes reunite for the greater purpose in the film, it no doubt promises to answer at least a handful of the many questions we’ve had for years, and I for one cannot freaking wait. What do you think about Wakanda’s role in the superhero epic? Do you like the potential it will have? Avengers: Infinity War will now be released on April 27th.

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