'Black Panther': Did Wakanda's Location Change?

Black Panther is set primarily in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda. The art book companion to Black Panther reveals where exactly Wakanda is located on the continent, but that location seems to have moved from where Wakanda was last said to be located in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel’s Black Panther: The Art of the Movie features a map of Wakanda. This map places the relatively tiny hidden kingdom adjacent to Lake Kivu, one of the African Great Lakes. The kingdom is shown sharing a border with Uganda to the north and east, Rwanda to the south, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west.

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Wakanda's location in Africa revealed in art book

This map places Wakanda in a different location that it was previously shown in Captain America: Civil War. A map that was shown during a news report in Civil War places Wakanda near a different body of water, Lake Turkana.

In this map, Wakanda is located where Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, and Ethiopia meet, and Uganda is located on Wakanda’s western border. In the real-world, this area is known as the Ilemi Triangle, an area of land that has been contested by South Sudan and Kenya.


It's unclear if this means that Marvel Studios reconsidered where they wanted to locate Wakanda in the world, or if this is simply an error on the part of the art book.

In a way, this shifting location makes the Marvel Cinematic Universe representation of Wakanda even more comics accurate. Marvel Comics has represented Wakanda as an East African nation, but its precise location has shifted over the years. An early map published by Marvel also placed Wakanda near Lake Turkana, while a later map placed it between Sudan and the DRC, and an even more recent map placed it next ot Lake Victoria. These maps often also include several other fictional countries along Wakanda’s border, including Canaan and Azania.

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Black Panther is now in theaters. It will be followed by Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th, Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6th, Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.

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