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    Wakanda is an African nation in the Marvel universe ruled by the Black Panther. It is technologically superior to most developed nations and rich in natural resources, particularly the rare metal vibranium.

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    Origin

    First shown in Fantastic Four #52 (July '66), Wakanda possesses the largest stores of Vibranium on Earth, the result of a massive meteor strike. The radiation emitted by the meteorite caused mutations in small portions of the Wakandan population, turning some into "demons spirits", who attacked their fellow tribe members. The first Black Panther, Bashenga, sealed off the meteorite and formed the nation's religion: the Panther Cult.

    Gods of Wakanda: Toth, Bastet, Kokou, Mujaji and Ptah
    Gods of Wakanda: Toth, Bastet, Kokou, Mujaji and Ptah

    The Panther God is one of the names used by Bast, the Egyptian black cat goddess. Bast is responsible for the powers received by the Black Panther, leader of the Wakanda nation. Before the founding of the Nation of Wakanda, African humans and the Orisha, the pantheon of Wakanda expelled the Originators of Wakanda, a group of animal species, these gods form the pantheon of Wakanda and are formed by gods of various origins in Africa: Bast, Thot and Ptah (Egyptian Gods), Kokou (Benin) and Mujaji (South Africa), the Pantheon of Wakanda is called The Orisha, orisha being a Yoruba word meaning spirit or deity.

    Years later, under the ruling of King T'Chaka the Great (father of the modern Black Panther, T'Challa), Wakanda was cut off from the rest of the world. T'Chaka knew that the rare vibranium would bring Wakanda many enemies. Using only small amounts of the nation's mineral wealth, T'Chaka sent Wakanda's most intellectual citizens to the corners of the Earth, to learn everything they could in tandem with their own discoveries. As a result, Wakanda's level of technological and economic achievements exceeded those of the traditional world, making it the most advanced civilization on Earth. Wakanda has never been conquered in the entire history of it's existence. Although it did suffer great damage during AvX.

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    Government: Monarchy

    Major languages: Wakandian, Yoruba, Hausa, English; Afroasiatic, Nilo-Saharan, Niger-Congo, Khoe, Austronesian, Indo-European

    Currency: Wakandian Dollar

    Religions: Although there is a main Pantheon, there are different cults in Wakanda.

    Panther cult,: dedicated to Bast, the Panther goddess.

    White Gorilla Cult: present at the Jabari Tribe. The cult to Ghekre (from the Baoulé people). Previously, the tribe had a cult to Ngi (from the Yaoundé people).

    Lion Cult: Dedicated to Sekhmet, Bast's sister.

    Crocodile Cult: Dedicated to another Egyptian deity, Sobek.

    Hyena Clan: A nomadic group in Wakanda.

    Localization:

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    The first map of Wakanda, published in Jungle Action Vol 2 #6, places the country close to the Atlantic Ocean.

    In Marvel Atlas #2, Wakanda is located in northeastern Africa, bordering Lake Turkana, near Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, along with Narobia, Canaan, Niganda, Rudyarda, Ujanka, Ghudaza, Mohannda, Zwartheid and Azania.

    In Black Panther Vol 4 #1, Wakanda is located between Sudan in the north and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the south.

    In, Black Panther Vol 6 #4, the country is close to "Nyanza" (Lake Victoria) to the east and surrounded by Mohannda to the north, Niganda to the southeast, Azania to the southwest and Canaan to the west.

    Known Rulers

    Bashenga, the first King of Wakanda
    Bashenga, the first King of Wakanda

    Bashenga (first king of Wakanda)

    Azzari the Wise (grandfather of T'Challa & Shuri)

    T'Chaka the Great (father of T'Challa & Shuri)

    S'yan the Swift (uncle of T'Challa & Shuri)

    T'Challa (the most recognized and default Black Panther in Marvel Comics. T'Challa is the titular hero of the Black Panther mythos. All other Panthers were created after him and are supporting characters to him)

    Shuri (younger sister of T'Challa, current ruler of Wakanda and Black Panther)

    In Other Media

    Television

    Wakanda in the FF animated series
    Wakanda in the FF animated series

    Film

    Ultimate Avengers 2

    The Avengers in Wakanda
    The Avengers in Wakanda

    Wakanda appears as the main setting in the movie, with the country targeted by Chitauri invaders who want to steal all of the vibranium.

    Iron Man 2

    The map
    The map

    Wakanda makes a cameo on a map Nick Fury shows to Tony Stark. It is shown marked as one of the locations where SHIELD believes superhumans reside.

    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Concept art of the Wakandan mine
    Concept art of the Wakandan mine

    Wakanda is explicitly referenced for the first time in the MCU in this movie, with the Avengers learning that Ulysses Klaue stole a large amount of vibranium from the country some time ago. For his actions, the Wakandans branded Klaue's neck with their word for "thief", forever marking him as a criminal. Earlier drafts of the script featured Ultron taking of a Wakandan mine in order to create a new body for himself, but this was cut from the finalized movie.

    Captain America: Civil War

    A glimpse of Wakanda
    A glimpse of Wakanda

    Wakanda is again referenced in the film. At the beginning of the movie, a group of Wakandan delegates are accidentally killed during a badly botched Avengers operation in Nigeria, leading to global outrage. This proves to be the final straw that leads to the nations of the world crafting the Sokovia Accords, a series of laws designed to keep the Avengers in check.

    At the close of the film, Black Panther provides safe harbor for Captain America and Bucky Barnes in Wakanda.

    Wakanda is localizated around Lake Turkana, a point where Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia meet.

    Black Panther

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    Wakanda will be heavily featured in the live-action film, marking its first full appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    • In the film, Wakanda has two languages, the main Xhosa (language spoken in South Africa and Zimbabwe) and Igbo (spoken in Nigeria), spoken by the Jabari Tribe. On a rescue mission in Nigeria, Nakia (Lupita Nyong'o) appears speaking Hausa.
    • The clothing was inspired by clothing from the Maasai, Himba, Dogon, Sotho, Tuareg, Turkana, Xhosa Zulu, Suri and Dinka tribes.
    • Although it does not describe a Wakandan martial art, the actors trained in a few well-known styles, Chadwick Boseman (T'Challa/Black Panther) trained in Dambe, Capoeira Angola, and Zulu stick fighting, Lupita Nyong'o trained in judo, jujitsu, silat, and Filipino martial arts.

    An artbook from the film artbook locating Wakanda in the East African Rift Valley, bordering Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda.

    Video Games

    Valkanda in MVC: Infinite
    Valkanda in MVC: Infinite
    • Wakanda is a setting in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, and is where the final battle with the nanite-controlled heroes takes place.
    • Wakanda appears in Storm's ending for Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
    • Wakanda can be visited in Marvel Heroes.
    • Wakanda appears as a stage in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Due to the merger of the Marvel and Capcom universes, Wakanda has been combined with Val Harbor from the Monster Hunter games to create Valkanda.
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