Black Panther: Wakanda Forever gets a lot of attention for dealing with Chadwick Boseman’s death, and puts his character, King T’Challa/Black Panther, out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Black Panther 2 also makes some major expansions of the universe in between solemn commemorative moments, adding new characters such as Namor (Tenoch Huerta) and Riri Williams (Dominque Thorne) to the mix. In addition to new characters, Wakanda forever also does the job of significantly changing everything we thought we were new about Vibranium and its place in the MCU!
WARNING: Black Panther 2 SPOILERS Follow!
Wakanda is not the only nation built on vibranium
The First Great Revelation Black Panther 2 The drops about Vibranium is that Wakanda isn’t the only nation to build itself into a superpower using the secret resource Vibranium!
The undersea kingdom of Talocan of Namor turns out to owe its entire existence, enhanced powers, and excellent underwater breathing ability to its own stash of vibranium. As Princess Shuri and Wakanda’s leaders suspect, the Vibranium meteor that landed in Wakanda was just one of many to hit Earth (or a fragment of a larger whole). Since most of the Earth is made up of oceans, Shuri sees that Namor and Talocan have access to Vibranium resources to compete with Wakandas—perhaps even bigger.
The key here is that Black Panther 2 establishes that Vibranium exists in more places than just Wakanda, with only the ocean containing deposits just waiting to be found…
New arms race
The great “MacGuffin” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever turns out to be a person, not a thing. Riri Williams takes center stage after the government (the CIA) commissioned one of her designs for a machine that can detect vibranium ore anywhere on Earth. When the CIA discovers vibranium in the ocean, the agency sets out to find it, even as other governments of the world try to steal the coveted metal from Wakanda.
Black Panther 2 has clearly marked Vibranium as part of the next major arms race on Earth in the MCU. That arms race has already fueled the ire of both Wakanda and Talocan, with the undersea nation now a global threat that few know exist. It’s even more terrifying to think about what the CIA and other powers (like Julia Louis-Drefuys’ Valentina) want to do with Vibranium – especially now that we know it can do so much more!
Vibranium is more than a super metal
The first Black Panther movie showed us that Vibranium had more special properties than just using metal and/or weaponry, but Wakanda Forever really drives that fact home with the origins of Namor and Talocan.
Wakanda’s heart-shaped herb is made from an herb grown from soil altered by vibranium radiation, creating a plant that could amplify the power of a receiver and connect them to a spiritual plane of reality, gods such as Panther-God Bast, etc. Talocan was created when a sick and dying Mayan tribe was attracted to an aquatic plant with vibranium properties that not only cured their smallpox but allowed them to live underwater and live stronger and longer . It also nourishes their city, giving them light and warmth, even in the cold, crushing depths of the sea.
Wakanda forever has confirmed the fact that vibranium can be used to transform normal humans into various kinds of super-powered beings, or to power entire worlds and armies, depending entirely on how the ore and its energy are extracted and/or mixed with other forms of life . There are a number of ways Marvel can turn that development around into creating mutants, new threats, or other new heroic/vile powers they want to introduce.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now in cinemas.