14. Nakia is T’Challa’s Ex
When we first meet T’Challa, the king-in-waiting is teaming with the Dora Milaje General Okoye (Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead fame) to bring Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) back to Wakanda for the coronation. Nakia is a War Dog, a Wakandan spy sent to keep tabs on the rest of the world. She’s also T’Challa’s former lover, and while they are on good terms, her experiences as a War Dog have placed literal and metaphorical distance between them. Wakanda is a futuristic utopia. Nakia is unwilling to remain in hiding while people elsewhere continue to suffer, making her one of many encouraging T’Challa to take a more active role on the global stage.
13. Vibranium makes Wakanda a technological superpower
If you’ve seen the trailers, you’ll know that Wakanda is the most technologically advanced nation in the MCU (no small feat in a world with Tony Stark). In Black Panther, we learn that Wakanda’s futuristic gadgets are all powered by vibranium. The country was founded at the site of a meteor crash and Wakandans have been mining the alien rock for the precious metal for generations.
Wakanda’s vast reserves provide an extraordinary scientific advantage. In Captain America: The First Avenger, the US government’s entire supply of vibranium was barely enough to outfit Cap with his iconic shield. Subsequent Marvel movies suggest they haven’t found much more if it in the years since. Meanwhile, Wakanda’s top scientists – including T’Challa’s brilliant sister Shuri – have pioneered innovations that far outstrip the efforts of researchers outside the Wakandan bubble. Shuri’s laboratory features an array of gadgets that would make James Bond jealous, most of which have never been seen outside Wakanda. Relevant highlights include a fleet of hover ships, T’Challa’s retractable Black Panther suit, and a tactile remote piloting system.
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