When Marvel brings in new characters to its cinematic universe, they normally bring with them a new city or small group of characters to further populate the universe. In rarer examples, such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange, these movies open up wholly unexplored settings. And in one case, a single character will introduce audiences to an entirely new country and culture, which is exactly what Black Panther plans to do.
Chadwick Boseman has already made his debut as T’Challa, the brand new king of Wakanda, and there is an expectation that his solo film will afford audiences the chance to see more of his technologically advanced country. As reports suggest, Wakanda is set to play a prominent role in the film, and now the recently revealed working title pays homage to the fictional country.
Production Weekly reveals that the working title for Black Panther is ‘Motherland.’ Given that Wakanda is the motherland to T’Challa and the Black Panther mantle, having this be the working title is another way for Marvel to show fans that there will be a heavy emphasis on exploring the country for the first time.
The post-credit scene to Captain America: Civil War revealed only a glimpse of the country, but that sequence showed how advanced Wakandans are, while still being vague about what the country actually looks like. The creative team behind the film have discussed the direction they will take to form make the nation feel like a fully realized location, and with the plot reportedly centered on the way the the country is governed, it is clear Wakanda is set to make a grand entrance into the MCU.
The reveal of the working title is also evidence that the film is one step closer to beginning production. Director Ryan Coogler will bring his all-star cast together early next year to start filming, with possible plans to shoot certain scenes in Africa, in a bid to bring more authenticity to the film. In the meantime, fans will have to wait a few more months until filming begins, but expect more cast announcements to be made in the coming weeks and months. Boseman has also not yet been confirmed for Avengers: Infinity War, so that announcement may also be imminent.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.