It goes without saying that Marvel Studios’ Black Panther was wildly successful. In fact, that seems like an understatement. The film was incredible from the cast to the storyline and everything in between.
Some of the big heroes of the film spoke with EW about the impact Wakanda will have on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
First, Danai Gurira (Okoye) discusses Wakanda and the main goal of its people. ‘Preservation’, she said, was at the center of who they are.
The preservation of Wakanda has been at their core, and something their forefathers and foremothers put in place for a long time — and it’s worked. They’re a deeply prosperous people for a reason, and now it’s about opening up the borders, and being generous to others beyond Wakanda.
If you’ve seen Black Panther you know that at the end, we understand that Wakanda is changing. So much so that it’s going to spread its knowledge with the world. In large, the underlying heartache of Erik Killmonger’s story and the fire in Nakia’s heart led to that change.
It also laid the groundwork for a future to be built while telling that story. Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa) said this about what it means for future films.
Each movie has a different style, you know? So, what is a Captain America movie, versus an Iron Man movie, versus the Black Panther movie, and how do you bring those things together? They’re different voices. So, how do those voices harmonize?
Robert Downey Jr. also spoke about Wakanda and what Tony Stark would think of the country. His statement makes us hope that Iron Man does get to spend some time there.
Well, a technologically advanced country is probably something that he wishes would benefit humanity without creating more infighting. I think that’s what he would hope for America. That’s what he would hope for the world. I think to him, he would view it as a potentially utopian model.
Tom Holland spoke about Wakanda as well. As we know, Letitia Wright already said she hopes to see Shuri and Spidey working together. He shares that same sentiment.
I think Peter would love it. There are some great moments in the comics where Peter ends up there, and Letitia and I have become really good friends over the last year and a bit. It would be brilliant to have our characters meet up, it would be so funny. She’s brilliant in the movie, she’s actually my favorite part of Black Panther.
Here’s hoping we do see Wakanda as a staple to the future of the MCU. Within the country are a fierce loyalty, indescribable knowledge, and a sense of heart unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on April 27th.
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