Life is very different in Wakanda after the events of Black Panther. Seemingly before any of the characters have time to take a breath and process all that happened in the film, they find new guests at their door. The Avengers, or at least some of them, have arrived and they’ve brought a high value target for Thanos (Josh Brolin) with them.
As Wakanda’s top military general and leader of the Dora Milaje, Okoye (Danai Gurira), isn’t thrilled to see The Avengers. Wakanda has only just opened itself up to the world and their immediate reward for doing so is to serve as Earth’s chosen battleground for the war against Thanos. As Gurira explained to press on set last year, that is more than mildly alarming.
She’s more cautious about that. She’s always thinking about how many things can go wrong and how much she can control what could go wrong before it goes wrong, but there’s not a lot of control that she can have over something that’s coming that’s this massive. But that’s where her caution is. That’s where her concerns lie. It’s, of course, in her gut. The vocation of being a Dora is you’re learning how to be one from quite a young age, so her entire vocation has been to maintain this nation. This is actually the biggest – there’s another major threat they go through in the movie you will have seen by the time this comes out, but this is one of the biggest threats they’ve dealt with.
As a general, Okoye will probably be conflicted. She won’t be happy about The Avengers bringing Vision and the Mind Stone on his forehead into Wakanda and thus giving Thanos a reason to attack her nation. At the same time, however, Thanos’ ultimate plan is going to result in many Wakandan deaths anyway, and there is no country in the world better-equipped to stop The Mad Titan than Wakanda.
Okoye isn’t the only one with reservations about The Avengers entering Wakanda. Ayo (Florence Kasumba) doesn’t look happy at all in the still below (pictured on the right).
The Battle of Wakanda is sure to have an impact not only on Avengers: Infinity War, but also the Black Panther sequel. In the comics, many Wakandans were unhappy that their king’s decision to reach out to the rest of the world led to an attack by Thanos in the Infinity event series. The same will probably happen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) decision to allow The Avengers into Wakanda could lose him a lot of support within his own country and lead to new challengers for the throne, if not all-out revolution.