If you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War yet, we’d recommend not reading any further. This post contains spoilers.
Fans of Avengers: Infinity War went into the film knowing that a large portion of the battle against Thanos would take place in Wakanda. Fight scenes, specifically a tense moment between Steve Rogers and Thanos as well as the Avengers amongst the warriors of Wakanda rushing into battle together, were seen in both trailers and tv spots.
A lot of focus was put there, and with good reason. In one spot, without context, Okoye promised ‘the noblest ending in history‘. During the film, we learned in what capacity she was describing an end. In terms of Wakanda as we knew it.
The battle against Thanos did bring an end to Wakanda, foreshadowed as the barrier wall was opened to control the battle. A battle that was fought with heart and a moving willingness to sacrifice it all.
The end wasn’t Wakanda’s total destruction. In fact, a nation with all the riches (more than just wealth) it contains will be able to rebuild.
It was the end of an era, and if those who dissipated with Thanos’ snap are truly gone forever, a too short-lived one at that. T’Challa fought for his right to the title of King, in every sense of the word. He battled against notions, against standards, against himself, and against villains. He protected Wakanda with everything he had and knew until he knew better, then he began to do better.
He also invited the Avengers into the walls of Wakanda, knowing the risk being taken. He wanted the best for the country he loved, but also, for the rest of the world.
Of course, that left a vulnerability within the city that they’d never experienced before. One that saw more destruction and evil than they’d faced in the past. It also showed a strength in the fearless warriors and the Avengers who faced the evil alongside those who call Wakanda home.
So what is Wakanda’s future? For now, a great unknown, but that noble end (or noble battle) was noble indeed.
Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters, now.
‘…but I knew him’