Fortunately Marvel's Black Panther is only a couple of months away, where we’ll finally be introduced to the mysterious Wakanda. While we’re excited about the kingdom's noble ruler T’Challa (AKA Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman) finally getting his own movie, we’re also looking forward to having a few mysteries solved. Here are the puzzlers that have been plaguing our minds...
Where's the final Infinity Stone?
The Marvel films have been building up to Infinity War from the very start, gradually unveiling the power of the Infinity Stones that super-villain Thanos (Josh Brolin) will use to conquer the Earth. So far we’ve seen the Tesseract, Mind Stone, Reality Stone, Power Stone and Time Stone. However, there’s actually a sixth Infinity Stone that we’ve yet to see: the Soul Stone.
With Infinity War right around the corner and Black Panther the only Marvel film standing in its way, there’s a very good chance that the Soul Stone will make an appearance here. This theory is strengthened further when you consider Wakanda’s advanced technology glimpsed in the Black Panther trailer.
With its array of spaceships, energy shields and Black Panther’s hi-tech suit, Wakanda lays claim to enough technology to make Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) go green with envy. Could the Soul Stone be the source of all of this? It seems likely. However, if the films stay true to the comics, then the Soul Stone will also have the ability to trap your soul inside an idyllic world. How that would fit into Black Panther, we’re not quite sure.
What's Captain America up to in Wakanda?
After the events of Civil War, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) has become a fugitive and is on the run from the US government. In Civil War's post-credit scene it was revealed he’s hiding in Wakanda, which initially led us to believe he’s guaranteed an appearance in Black Panther. However, Evans is nowhere to be seen in the movie's cast list.
Of course, that doesn’t rule out a cameo, as Evans wasn’t listed in the cast for Spider-Man: Homecoming either, despite making a brief appearance as a promotional self-help guru on a TV screen. Still, with all the conflict kicking off in Wakanda, you’d think Black Panther would enlist the help of one of the most powerful men on the planet (who just so happens to be chilling in a nearby safehouse).
Surely Cappy hasn’t spent these years twiddling his thumbs waiting for that Infinity War beard to grow?
How is Martin Freeman's Everett Ross involved?
Everrett Ross (Martin Freeman), the Deputy Task Force Commander of the Joint Counter Terrorist Centre, wasn’t on the best of terms with T’Challa the last time we saw him. In Civil War the latter attempted to force Ross into handing over Steve Rogers' imprisoned best friend Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). This caused some friction to say the least.
Fast-forward to the upcoming Black Panther film and Ross and T’Challa are suddenly working together. The synopsis reveals that this unlikely double-act was formed to prevent a potential world war. The identity of this threat is currently unclear, but we’re betting it has something to do with Andy Serkis’ villain Ulysses Klaue, since Ross is seen interrogating the arms dealer in the trailer.
Whatever the reason for the alliance between T’Challa and Ross, we’re excited to see the dynamic between these characters.
What's the secret behind Wakanda?
Black Panther’s kingdom of Wakanda is shrouded in a lot of mystery. However, thanks to the trailer and information from the comics, we already know a few things about our hero's homeworld.
Firstly, as we've already mentioned, it’s highly advanced – almost like something out of Star Trek. Secondly, it’s located in South Africa and hidden from the rest of the world. And last but not least, it’s the only known source of the ultra-strong metal Vibranium – the stuff that Captain America’s shield is made out of.
Those are all huge nuggets of information, yet there might just be another mystery hiding in Wakanda. In the Black Panther trailer Ulysses Klaue appears to hint to Ross that there’s more to Wakanda than meets the eye. The all-conquering Thanos (Josh Brolin) seems to take a big interest in the kingdom in the Infinity War trailer too, so it must harbour special qualities.
Could Klaue be referring to the Soul Stone, or does Black Panther’s kingdom have another surprise in store for us?
Who is Eric Killmonger?
Those unfamiliar with the Marvel comics are unlikely to know who Erik Killmonger is. He is, in fact, the main antagonist in Black Panther, played by actor Michael B. Jordan who reunites with his Creed director Ryan Coogler. If you’ve seen the trailer you’ll recognise him as the dreadlocked villain who has his very own Black Panther-styled golden suit. He aims to take Wakanda's throne from T’Challa as he has opposing political beliefs.
How he plans to do this is another question entirely, although we can see in the trailer that he forms a double-act with Klaue. But will Killmonger be a great Marvel villain? Jordan likened the relationship between T’Challa and Killmonger to that of X-Men’s Professor X and Magneto. If there’s any truth in that, he may very well become one of the best villains to star in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe so far. Take that, Thanos.
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