WARNING: Captain America: Civil War spoilers follow.
If you had the chance to catch a screening of Captain America: Civil War by now, then you’ve also seen the glorious mid-credit sequence that introduced Wakanda to the whole of the Marvel Cinematic Universe ahead of the Black Panther solo movie.
When the mid-credit sequence rolled around at the end of Civil War, viewers were not only shown Bucky’s (Sebastian Stan) fate -- he’ll remain in suspended animation, in the care of Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa, while they can find a way to undo all that Hydra brainwashing -- but we also got our first exciting look at Black Panther’s highly technologically-advanced, fictional kingdom.
Since if fell on Joe and Anthony Russo to introduce Wakanda to the MCU, the pair consulted with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler (Creed) about the scene. In a recent interview with TIME, the dynamic directing duo explained the scene and opened up on the challenges of creating Wakanda, with Anthony Russo touching upon the complications of introducing Marvel's fictional African nation in Civil War instead of Black Panther:
“It was a complicated proposition for us to introduce even a bit of Wakanda with so little screen time. We loved the story beat, the idea that T’Challa would get to the point where he would reach out to Cap and Bucky and offer refuge to them as a way to make amends for the fact that he had been hunting the Winter Soldier throughout the film, and making peace with what happened to his father as well. Cap lays out the stakes to T’Challa and says, “If they find out he’s here they’ll come for him,” and T’Challa says, “Let them try.” That was just a very powerful moment for us. It just spoke to how regal and tough and imposing that both Black Panther and Wakanda can be that they could challenge and defy the rest of the world like that.
But it presented challenges: How to do we present Wakanda when we’re showing a small slice of it? And we just played to the ideas that are associated with Wakanda: the technological advancement, the landscape, the wealth, the hidden nature of the society that’s obscured from satellite spying and nestled into a landscape that helps hide it. That’s why we played with all the mist outside the window.”
So far so intrigued? I know I am. Joe Russo also touched upon the fact that the MCU is a big family where everybody basically gets a chance to play in everybody else’s Marvel sandbox, but that it's always done in the utmost respect.
“It was important to us that Ryan Coogler, who had been hired to make the Black Panther film, really get to define what he wanted to do with that nation, what he wanted the look to be. So we met with him and his production designer and discussed it. It was important that there be some continuity between what we were doing and what he was doing.”
We’ll have to wait until Black Panther claws its way onto the big screen on Feb. 16, 2018 before we take a tour of T'Challa's kingdom. Are you looking forward to it?