Remember those set photos of what we assumed were doubles of Wakanda (in Atlanta) like the one above – Marvel superhero Black Panther’s fictional kingdom “somewhere in Africa” – which were set-ups for the next “Captain America” movie, “Captain America: Civil War”…
An Instagram account set up for the upcoming movie, has released a few new on-set photos, as well as videos that seem to confirm that those images I posted last week were very likely of Wakanda, which many took objection with.
In the third installment of the “Captain America” franchise, we know that Black Panther will make his debut appearance, before his own film (starring Chadwick Boseman), which is set for release in 2018 (“Captain America: Civil War” will be out on May 6, 2016).
I also noted that there had been casting calls published, requesting many extras for “African Market scenes” that were to be filmed starting last week. So it was understandable why, to some, what we saw in these images were sets doubling for Wakanda.
However, as I said in last week’s post, I’m no comic book/Marvel/Black Panther expert, but, from what I’ve read and heard, isn’t Wakanda supposed to be a super high-tech nation, although hidden inside of a jungle, which these images certainly don’t suggest? I imagined Wakanda would look like something closer to Asgard in the Thor movies. Or are there slums of Wakanda that I just don’t know about? Although these may also be images of some other location entirely that have nothing to do with Wakanda. Then what to make of the casting call for “African market scenes” (why else would the team – Captain America, Falcon, and Black Widow – be in an “African market” if not for a sequence that has Black Panther written all over it… seemingly).
Now add to that the following new images and video, all shared on the above Instagram page, all shot on the same set (the “African market” set), featuring Captain America, Falcon, Black Widow, and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther (although not in costume) in action, accompanied by hashtags that clearly state that Black Panther will also be making an appearance in the sequences being shot in the images and video you see below (“… soon we will see #BlackPanther and #BlackWidow on the set are you excited?” – says the caption of one of the images). There is one brief video of Chadwick Boseman practicing an action sequence.
So, put it all together, and I don’t think it’s entirely impossible that these images are indeed of Black Panther’s home – unless they’re just some random action sequences in some “African market.”
Quoting a commenter from last week: “Wakanda isn’t some slum located in the bowels of Africa. It’s a high-tech nation hidden away in the jungle. Marvel would be stupid (they aren’t stupid) if they turned Wakanda into some ‘Slum-dog Millionaire” type location where everyone sleeps in piles of dust and trash. Knowing Marvel, they won’t do that. They’ll give us the Wakanda from the comics, the one comprised of citadels and other large structures. The one that looks like it came from the year 2525, not 2016.”
Again, I’ll defer to you folks who are experts to educate the rest of us… extensive knowledge of the Marvel universe just isn’t my forte.
“Captain America: Civil War” is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. The film returns Chris Evans as the iconic superhero Steve Rogers/Captain America, and will also feature Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.
“Captain America: Civil War” picks up where “Avengers: Age of Ultron” left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.
Media below, including one of Chadwick Boseman although not in costume, practicing an action sequence.
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