|Directed by||:||Ryan Coogler||Produced by||:||Kevin Feige||Based on||:||Black Panther, by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby||Starring||:||Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman||Production company||:||Marvel Studios||Country||:||United States|
Welcome to Wakanda, a third-world nation that boasts—well, basically nothing. Sure, it's picturesque in its own way. And maybe it had a bit of vibranium—that super-rare, super-durable metal that makes up Captain America's shield—back in the day. But Wakanda didn't have enough of the stuff to make a dent in the country's crippling poverty. Now it doesn't even have that, thanks to the thieving Ulysses Klaue (pronounced claw). With most of its vibranium gone, Wakanda is so destitute that the only folks who visit are those who got lost on their way to Chad.
Nope, there's absolutely nothing to see in Wakanda. Nothing at all ... unless, that is, you sneak past the high-tech, invisible cloaking barrier.
Turns out, Wakanda has a bit more vibranium than its leaders let on. Like, a whole mountain of it. And you can do more than just make shields out of the stuff. It's awfully useful for transportation and medicine, for national defense and even fashion. Vibranium is the most useful substance since water, and this African nation is soaked in the stuff. As a result, Wakanda is secretly the most advanced society on the planet, and its capital city makes Abu Dhabi look a little dowdy, Tokyo look a little antiquated, and the Big Apple look like it's a little past its sell-by date.