Since only EW was invited to the set of Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War–and no one else was, nope, definitely not–we’ll have to rely on their insight and intellect when it comes to piecing together the mysteries of the superhero movie. We’ll do our best to connect the dots.
As part of the rambling write-up from EW, we’ve learned a bit about the setting of Wakanda–recently revealed in the smash-hit Black Panther–and what role it will play in the events of Infinity War. Obviously the answer is: A big one! Thanos himself and some, if not all, of his Black Order soldiers have descended upon the once hidden nation in order to claim one of the legendary Infinity Stones. And if you’ve been paying attention to the MCU over the last few years, you probably know the one.
Nope! Not the missing Soul Stone, or at least that’s not the main gem Thanos is after in Wakanda. Instead, it’s the Mind Stone that’s currently providing the android Vision (Paul Bettany) with all his incredible power. The problem is, the Avengers have chosen to bring Vision to Wakanda as their best hope to defend him and keep the stone out of Thanos’ titanic grip. Protecting him are Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), with others soon to join as earlier marketing material confirmed.
Here’s what co-director Anthony Russo had to say about Vision:
“Vision is a living MacGuffin. Obviously, that raises the stakes because Vision’s life is in danger, and his life is in conflict with Thanos’ goals, so something’s got to give. Cap makes the decision to bring [Vision] here to Wakanda, Earth is making its last stand to keep the stone from Thanos. It’s the best place to make your last stand.”
So why Wakanda? Well, as you and millions of others saw in Black Panther, it’s a nation of warriors who are quite capable of defending themselves against all sorts of foes when they’re not fighting amongst each other. But since they’re now known to the world at large due to the goal of lifting up the downtrodden with the help of their technology, Wakanda is also exposed and open to attack in all sorts of new ways. Chadwick Boseman, the Wakandan king T’Challa and the Black Panther himself, clarifies the history of the indomitable African nation:
“It’s never been conquered, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been challenged.”