The events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame may well have turned into the nation of Wakanda from the Avengers, establishing an exciting potential battle for Black Panther 2. This isn’t easily evident however, as much of the aftermath of the epic battles and events that took place in the climactic closing movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Stage 3 has thus far been overlooked. Spider-Man’s five-year disappearance has been given much less focus than expected in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and the impact of both all the people lost in the Snap returning and Iron Man and Captain America passing away also received perhaps less attention than initially expected – except for the EDITH eyeglasses Tony left for Peter.
Hopefully, this is something that Stage 4 makes sure to speech, both to provide some closure to Stage 3’s story arc, and because the aftershocks of the Snap and the later battle with Thanos could have some interesting effects on how the MCU shapes itself in the coming years. While the most noticeable change is how the enthusiast community will change after dropping Iron Man and Captain America, some potential different developments might be less readily apparent.
For instance, although the people of Wakanda are no doubt aware that their fighting art and technology were essential in the last stand against Thanos, the manner the Avengers utilized Wakanda because their battleground in Avengers: Infinity War might have left a sour taste. It goes without saying that Wakanda was massively damaged by the conflict, and it seems decidedly unlikely any of those Avengers provided financial or physical assistance with the rebuilding of that which was lost. The debate over whether heroes should be controlled by governments was already something that had come into query via Captain America: Civil War, and Wakanda might now be requesting its hard questions about the Avengers’ collateral damage.
There are something deeply disconcerting about the fact that the MCU’s heroes have inadvertently used Wakanda’s tools and then had nary a second thought about the sacrifices that the location and its people had made. The vision being brought to Wakanda at Avengers: Infinity War made the country a goal for Thanos’ army, and much more Wakandans lost their lives at the final conflict of Avengers: Endgame. A key battle in Black Panther was the question of whether Wakanda must expose itself to the world and share its knowledge and engineering, or if doing so would set the Wakandan individuals at risk. For people who contended the latter, the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame will only have solidified their perspectives.
Not only could this cause more internal battle in Wakanda, but there are also a good chance it may observe the Avengers regarded as enemies of the nation, especially given neither Iron Man nor Captain America are around to be the peacemakers they served as. With the present creation of the Avengers, it is tough to see anybody who could efficiently handle the delicate issue of fixing relations with Wakanda, as the sole person revealed to have both spent time at the nation and have shaped a few positive bonds there is Bucky – who likely is not enough of a diplomat to sort issues by himself.
After the dust out of Endgame has settled, the thing of the Avengers’ less-than-spotless record is likely going to probably be brought up once again, and their relative disregard for Wakanda is surely something that could factor into that. Since Black Panther 2 is supposed to focus more tightly on Wakanda, it makes sense to explore how the various MCU conflicts they’ve been engaged in has influenced the nation, and potentially galvanized the isolationist views of many inside it.