The best defense is a Wakandan defense.
Avengers: Infinity War features the villainous Thanos setting out to gather the Infinity Stones in order to achieve godlike power, and it’s up to the Avengers to stop him. Even though the team has a couple heavy hitters, they’re going to need more than that to combat Thanos and his four Black Order generals and savage Outrider army. How fortuitous, then, that February’s smash hit Black Panther introduced the technologically advanced nation of Wakanda led by T’Challa, who just happens to be an ally of the Avengers.
IGN and a small group of press visited the Atlanta set of Infinity War where we saw a scene being filmed and got the chance to interview to members of the cast. The scene saw the Avengers disembarking a Quinjet after landing in Wakanda and being greeted by T’Challa, flanked by his guards. The Avengers lineup included Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, Bruce Banner, James Rhodes, and a wounded Vision being supported by Scarlet Witch. They came to Wakanda so Vision could be given medical attention after being attacked (presumably by the Black Order, as glimpsed in the Infinity War trailer) for the Mind Stone embedded in his forehead, and also to ask T’Challa for Wakanda’s help in defending the Earth against Thanos.
“You have a [global-level] problem with Thanos, a problem that affects everyone in the world. So Wakanda is on the world stage and we’re obviously advanced in a way where we can help with the situation,” Chadwick Boseman said.
Check out the video below for a full report of all the cool things we saw on set.
Warning: spoilers ahead for the end of Black Panther!
The Black Panther mid-credits scene showed T’Challa at the United Nations revealing the true nature of Wakanda’s resources — likely divulging the capabilities of the nation’s high tech medicine, weapons, and airships — so Wakanda is an obvious first choice for Earth’s defense as the most advanced nation in the world. The formerly-secret nation is also home to a large army under T’Challa’s command.
Speaking of Vibranium-based tech, T’Challa’s Black Panther suit will be getting some “alterations” for Infinity War, according to Boseman. Those upgrades will no doubt be handy when it’s time to face down Thanos’ army, as seen in the trailers.
Infinity War will not only see the Avengers reuniting (in some fashion) but the Guardians of the Galaxy joining the fray.
“[The Guardians of the Galaxy are] in my world so it’s interesting to have them enter our space, which is not something that happens all of the time. I think it’s important for us to give the flavor of Wakanda, and they’re really adjusting to our space, so that will be part of the fun of the movie. And the Guardians entering it, obviously there is a clash, all of that is conflict, but it’s not conflict between us necessarily, so, but it is an emotional, psychological, social conflict,” Boseman said.
It’s easy to imagine how the people of a secret tribal nation, a team of superheroes, and a space-faring mercenary group that includes a talking Raccoon and tree would initially clash and would have to sort out their own business before being ready to band together for a fight with Thanos and his soldiers.
Be sure to check back on IGN all week for more from the set of Avengers: Infinity War, like our chat with Mark Ruffalo about how the Hulk acts as the harbinger of Thanos.