A quick guide and glossary on the who’s who of Wakanda, tribe and tech heading into the theater.

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Black Panther made his first appearance in comic books in 1966, in FANTASTIC FOUR #52. Invited to visit by King T’Challa himself, it’s here that the First Family of Heroes gets a closer look at Black Panther’s homeland of Wakanda.

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” picks up exactly where “Captain America: Civil War” leaves off. The film tackles the story of T’Challa who is a young African prince who takes on the mantle of King and Black Panther, and the legacy that comes with it. However, T’Challa’s mettle as ruler and hero is tested in a way that jeopardizes the fate of Wakanda and the entire world.

Wakanda Forever

Wakanda is a fictional independent African nation that is also the most technologically-developed city in the world. Wakanda has hidden its true form, cloaked by advanced technology, protecting itself and its inhabitants, thus secluding it from the rest of the world.

The country is one of the few places where Vibranium is found. The near-indestructible metal is what makes up Captain America’s shield, and possessing that precious substance supercharged Wakanda’s technological and cultural development.

According to executive producer Nate Moore on last year’s set visit, “Having a city built on Vibranium allows them to have all these advances and have wealth beyong our wildest imaginings.”

“The big thing about Wakanda is its Vibranium, which is one of the strongest metals, not the strongest, but one of the strongest and most expensive metals,” adds production designer Hannah Beachler.

The government of Wakanda is a benevolent aristocracy with a royal family that lives in Birnin Zana—the Golden City—the capital of Wakanda. King T’Chaka was murdered at the Nations in “Captain America: Civil War” by illegal arms dealer Ulysses Klaue and therefore his son, T’Challa, is now the country’s ruler.

The country is made up of five tribes. The Border Tribe is the outward face of Wakanda. While they appear to be shepherds and farmers they actually serve as the first line of defense. Like most things in Wakanda, things are not always as they seem. The River Tribe is responsible for fishing and agriculture in Wakanda. The Mining Tribe is responsible for mining minerals in Wakanda, including the precious Vibranium while the Merchant Tribe deals with trade and innovation. However, the Jabari Tribe are the outcasts. Choosing to shun the use of Vibranium, they’ve removed themselves from mainstream Wakandan life. Lead by M’Baku, he and his tribe don’t see eye-to- eye with T’Challa and the royal family and seek to return Wakanda to its isolationist ways.

 

Quite the Entourage

T’Challa (t’h-cha-lah) is the new King of Wakanda and also carries on the legacy of the Black Panther. Played by Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther is the first black super hero, debuting in the Fantastic Four #52, over fifty years ago.

T’Chaka (t’h-cha-kah), T’Challa’s father and once the ruler of the Kingdom of Wakanda, he assumed the throne and the role of Black Panther in his youth. T’Chaka was killed during a terrorist attack in the film “Captain America: Civil War.”

Nakia (nah-‘kee-ah), a Wakandan spy pulled from her mission abroad by her former flame T’Challa. Played by Lupita Nyong’o, Nakia is a war dog whose determination and worldly knowledge gives her the edge in fighting.

Okoye (oh-‘koy-yeh) is the head of the Dora Milaje—an all-female special forces group. Played by Danai Gurira, Okoye is the best fighter in Wakanda and fiercely loyal to the throne.

Shuri (‘shU-ree), T’Challa’s younger sister and head of the Wakandan Design Group, she’s a genius ahead of her time at just 16 years old. Played by Letitia Wright, Shuri designs and builds futuristic tech such as the Black Panther suit.

M’Baku (mm-‘ba-koo), the formidable leader of the Jabari tribe who have shunned the use of Vibranium and removed themselves from mainstream Wakandan life. Played by Winston Duke, M’Baku is defined by his cultural identity, and is faced with the choice of challenging T’Challa for the throne in order to return Wakanda to its isolationist ways.

W’Kabi (wuh-‘kah-bee), the head of the Border Tribe, a group that serves as Wakanda’s first line of defense against outsiders. Played by Daniel Kaluuya, the tribe is responsible for keeping any and all non-Wakandans from entering their borders.

Ramonda (rah’mon-dah), the Queen. T’Challa’s mother, Queen Ramonda, is played by Angela Bassett and is a wise counsel and confidant to her son in his new position as King of Wakanda.

Zuri (zu-ree), a Wakandan shaman, Zuri is the spiritual leader of Wakanda. Played by Forest Whitaker, Zuri is a trusted advisor to King T’Challa. He is also the keeper of the Staff of Bashenga, and tends the garden of the Heart-Shaped Herb that gives Black Panther his powers.

Dora Milaje, the cadre of strong fierce women who serve as the personal security force to the King and royal family, who act as the personal guard for the Black Panther, and are lead by Okoye.

How Much More Are You Hiding?

Wakanda has hidden and isolated itself for a reason, to protect themselves from those after the country’s precious resource, Vibranium. The substance powers most of Wakanda’s futuristic technology which is what makes it so valuable.

Those aren’t the only innovative technological components in Wakanda, Kimoyo Beads are hyper advanced communication devices. Beads are worn around the hand of a Wakandan, and are built with tech that only works inside the country. Each bead serves a purpose, the prime bead is for medical history/knowledge, the AV bead for an indispensable holographic internet, and the Communication bead, which is used similar to our modern day cell phones.

Ahead of its time in everything, even the transportation in Wakanda is revolutionary. Wakanda’s Air Force One, the Royal Talon Fighter flies alongside Talon Fighters,  Wakandan fighter jets. The Dragonflyers are the workhorse of Wakandan aircraft, used for transportation and mining, while Gyro-cruisers are gyroscopically oriented, units that work similar to a large hamster ball. Lastly, every hero needs a personal vehicle. The Panther-cycle, is not your ordinary motorbike, this motorcycle flies.

Want even more insight into the world of Wakanda and Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”? Pick up MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER: THE ART OF THE MOVIE out now. Go behind the scenes with exclusive concept artwork and in-depth analysis from the filmmakers in this keepsake volume! Don’t forget to check out “Black Panther” in theaters on February 16!

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A modern update on a classic Marvel villain!

When Ant-Man returns to the big screen fighting side by side with Wasp in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” they’ll have a new foe to battle in the Marvel villain, Ghost!

Actress Hannah John-Kamen is making her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and she talked about how it felt to play the mysterious character whose story received a contemporary update for the film.

Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen)

The Ghost first appeared in 1987 as a male character and a foe for Iron Man. “The kind of gender swapping from male to female—you can look at comic books written so long ago….” John-Kamen cheered the update. “And it’s nice to like go, do you know what? This is a modern—it’s a modern world. It’s again freeing to be able to take that character and go, yeah, that can be played by a male or female and that’s definitely forward thinking. And that’s been amazing to be able to do.”

Iron Man (1968) #219

Iron Man (1968) #219

  • Published: June 10, 1987
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 11, 2013
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A Marvel fan herself, John-Kamen studied for her villainous role by doing research and comparing the similarities or differences between the comics and the movies. Working with director Peyton Reed was also a plus, “I mean Peyton’s amazing. It’s so good to work with a director who is such a fan of the world that we’re all working on.”

Regardless of the characters of movies that came before in the MCU, her character in particular is pretty much a tabula rasa. “With any role, it’s always a blank slate to carve anything, whether you’re playing a super hero, a villain, anything from any comic,” explained John-Kamen. “It’s important as an actor to have your own input, interpretation of that anyway.”

Unlike several heroes and villains, Ghost doesn’t have an alter ego—an aspect John-Kamen enjoyed. “It’s freeing, it’s very freeing,” shared John-Kamen. “To play this character, and whether you were in the suit or not, what the perception of the character is, it’s just a new character. And when it’s a new character, there is freedom with that.”

Get a closer look at Ghost for yourself when Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” debuts in theaters on July 6. Get tickets on Fandango now!

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It’s all about the little things!

Legendary actor Michael Douglas knows a thing or two about the family business, both in real life and in the role of Dr. Hank Pym. From the set of Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” he talked with a small group of press about Hank’s hopeful but wary future for the heroes he helped mold, as well as his first time using a green screen on set.

Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)

When we left off from Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” Hank held back his daughter Hope and mentored a new hero to take on the role he created. This time around it’s a team effort. “It’s much more a team, you know,” said Douglas. “The catharsis is going over. She’s older. There’s much more a sense of working together as partners, as a team.”

As far as relationships, Douglas believed Pym is still cautious of anyone getting close to his daughter. “I don’t think [Lang’s] changed a whole lot,” joked Douglas. “He still looks at [him] as not being the right choice for [his] daughter Hope. He still looks a little judgmental. They see you—she can do a little better.”

From the first time we saw Scott Lang as Ant-Man, a lot has happened, including an appearance as Giant Man in Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” which certainly didn’t help for relations with Pym. “Yeah he’s pretty pissed off about that. He really is. It largely sets the initial tone between Scott and Hank on this one, that you know he didn’t share much information with Dr. Pym,” chided Douglas.

Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) BTS on set.

Hank Pym being closed off comes from an emotional place. “He’s just obsessed with this love of his life, truthfully,” explained Douglas. “He’s upset; he lost everything, but he’s very wealthy. A lot of this was based upon hopeful wishes you know. Thinking hopefully to the future.”

Douglas reflected, “It’s all about a deep love; she’s never gone. But 30 years’ a long time.”

It’s hard to believe, but despite Douglas’ long career in film, he’s never had the opportunity to work with a green screen until becoming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I love this whole experience right. I mean it’s so– I don’t know if it’s Hank Pym, but it’s green screen,” commented Douglas. “I’ve never [done] green screen in my life you know?”

The whole practice was new and amazing to the veteran actor. “It’s the whole idea of talking to an ant on your shoulder and the characters see the the breath of imagination and what you can do you now, it’s like, staggering,” said Douglas.

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Hope van Dyne is ready for action in the July 6 film!

When we last saw Hope van Dyne in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” she was ready to take on the mantle of The Wasp, brand new costume and all. With Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp”  in theaters July 6, we’ll finally get to see her in action alongside Scott Lang!

On a set visit for a small group of reporters last year, Evangeline Lilly revealed Hope’s internal struggles and how the hero copes with finally getting the heroic role she’s been waiting for her whole life.

Director Peyton Reed and The Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) BTS on set.

When we begin “Ant-Man and The Wasp,” it’s been two years since we’ve seen our shrinking heroes and a lot has changed. As suspected at the end of “Ant-Man,” Hope van Dyne is more than ready to show the world her strength and potential. “Instead of seeing her evolved into a super hero, I think that the leap we take with the audience is we all believed by the end of “Ant-Man” she’s ready to be a super hero,” observed Lilly.

Since The Wasp has been ready to take on her heroic role her whole life, the necessity of an origin story wasn’t a factor. “We make that leap of faith of saying, you know, she’s kickass,” remarked Lilly on Hope’s present skillsets. “Let her just do that and be that, and then let’s explore some of the other emotional through-lines of her life and her story.”

No two heroes are the same. “Scott is just incredibly lovable, easygoing, and relaxed about things,” explained Lilly on how Hope and Scott take very different approaches to their heroism. “Even when it seems like things are as dire as they can be, you have this sense that he’s kind of okay inside. Hope is generally not okay inside. But what I think is exciting about playing The Wasp is there is this incredible satisfaction in Hope, something that she has been waiting for her whole life, which is essentially an affirmation from her father, has come. And it came in the form of this mantle. It came in the form of this suit.”

Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and The Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly)

The aforementioned Wasp suit we saw at the end of “Ant-Man was key in Hope’s development. “Now that she’s wearing it and she’s exercising those muscles that she has wanted to exercise all her life, she’s in a really different place emotionally when we start the film,” said Lilly. “Hopefully you’ll be able to see that and feel that instantly.”

As with Scott Lang, Lilly realized that family was also key to building Hope’s confidence. “That’s wonderful to show that people do evolve and change, and that something as profound as your relationship with your father can have a effect on — and a reverberation in every aspect of your life,” shared Lilly.

Check out The Wasp in action when Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” debuts in theaters on July 6. Get tickets on Fandango now!

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Also don't miss out on the following exclusive film posters!

We’re three weeks away from Ant-Man and The Wasp flying into theaters on July 6 and tickets to the Marvel Studios film are now on sale!

We know you have plenty of options on where you can join Marvel’s tiniest heroes on this BIG journey. Below are some of the theaters offering big and small rewards and/or incentives. Be sure to check back here for updates on more super-sized offers!

RealD 3D exclusive poster

On July 5, see both Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man” and an early showing of “Ant-Man and The Wasp” in RealD 3D! Plus, receive a collectible coin, free regular popcorn and see exclusive content!*

*Valid for Ant-Man and The Wasp double feature fan event showing only (July 5 at 3 PM) at participating locations. Limited quantities, only while supplies last.

Dolby exclusive poster

Get a mini-comic for the mini-hero. See Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp in Dolby Cinema at AMC July 5 – July 8 and receive a miniaturized Ant-Man comic book and a collectible magnifying glass.

IMAX exclusive poster

When you experience “Ant-Man and The Wasp” in select IMAX theatres on opening night (early screenings on July 5), you’ll receive the exclusive collectible mini poster above. Giveaways are available while supplies last and only at participating theatres.

Regal collectible tickets giveaway

Fans who experience “Ant-Man and The Wasp” in IMAX at Regal Cinemas opening weekend will receive an exclusive collectible ticket, while supplies last. Plus, get a free promo code to redeem for a mini poster in the Crown Club Reward Center. Full shipping rate apply for mini poster.

Fandango exclusive poster

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Family ties can be as strong as ants!

When we last saw Scott Lang in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” he was trying to go straight for the good of his daughter Cassie. Now three years later, Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” will allow us to find out if Scott stayed on that path for the good of his family.

On a set visit for a small group of reporters last year, “Ant-Man and The Wasp” actor Paul Rudd reassured us that Scott is still doing the best he can, “I am now trying to just be as good of a dad as I can be.” While that gives the fans hope, you never know when it comes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe; there’s always a super villain out there who tends to bend things to their will.

Rudd’s portrayal of the former criminal who finds himself in the role of a super hero was just the type of hero that was attuned to him. “I like the idea of playing a super hero that is not innately heroic or super in any way, just you know, a regular person,” explained Rudd. “And I like the idea of not embracing the role because of all of the difficulties that come along with having to be so badass, and how it would affect your life and how would it affect your relationships, and certainly being a responsible parent.”

“To kind of wrestle with those questions—we did a little bit in the first one—but you know, it’s certainly now more pronounced,” continued Rudd. He believed Scott’s family drives the character’s choices, “There’s a lot at stake in his life and in his personal life. He cares about all the people involved but it’s trying to figure out kind of what to do and also who I am—what kind of person, what kind of parent, and what kind of hero.”

The Wasp/Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) BTS on set.

Familial feelings tend to extend to partners. While the first movie centered around Scott finding himself, it was always Hope who led the way and taught him the ways of being a super hero. Now that The Wasp is able to step up to the plate, Rudd is excited about working as a team, “We have this new hero that we’ve already learned about in the first one and now we get to kind of play off of each other and you see a partnership developed which is great.”

Rudd’s own children have thoughts on their father’s super heroic role, “My daughter who is 7, all she does is draw pictures of Ant-Man. It’s the sweetest thing in the world so I have lots of pictures of Ant Man which she draws.” And what about Rudd’s son who was once leery of the character? “He thinks it’s pretty cool. I think he thought it was pretty cool back then too, but he just likes to push my buttons.”

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Marvel Studios’ 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' opens in U.S. theaters on July 6!

Yesterday, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly were the first Marvel Super Heroes to travel to Taiwan for a special Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” fan event. The National Theater and Concert Hall hosted as a backdrop for this first-ever event where Rudd and Lilly enthusiastically greeted excited fans. Take a look at the gallery above!

In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

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Join Disney Movie Rewards in celebrating 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Marvel Studios’ 10th Anniversary celebrates a decade of Marvel Studios’ films starting with “Iron Man” released in 2008 through to the “Avengers” untitled film in 2019. Join Disney Movie Rewards in celebrating 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with special content, trivia, and more on www.MarvelStudios10.com.

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Plus more cast members are revealed from the animated film, opening December 14!

After a teaser a few months back, the first full trailer for the upcoming Sony Pictures Animation film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is here! “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” introduces Brooklyn teen Miles Morales, and the limitless possibilities of the Spider-Verse, where more than one can wear the mask.

Miles is voiced by Shameik Moore (“The Get Down”), and several other cast members have now been announced. Jake Johnson (“New Girl,” “Jurassic World”) is joining the cast as Miles’ reluctant mentor, Peter Parker, with Liev Schreiber (“Ray Donovan”) playing the larger-than-life crime lord Kingpin, Hailee Steinfeld (“Pitch Perfect 3”) playing the spunky, free-spirited Spider-Gwen, Oscar® winner Mahershala Ali (“Moonlight,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”) as Miles’ influential uncle Aaron, Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta,” “Hotel Artemis”) playing Miles’ father Jefferson, Luna Lauren Velez (“Dexter”) as Miles’ mother Rio, and Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”) as Aunt May.

You can check out the trailer at the top of the page, along with the new poster and images from the film in the gallery below!

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman, with a screenplay by Phil Lord. The film is produced, in association with Marvel, by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Christina Steinberg.

“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” opens December 14th, 2018.

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In theaters July 6!

We’re officially one month out from Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” landing in theaters, and we’ve got six character posters spotlighting the cast! Real heroes. Not actual size.

The gallery above features Scott Lang / Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hope van Dyne / The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Dr. Bill Foster (Laurence Fisburne), and Janet van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer)!

In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.

Follow @AntMan on Twitter and like Ant-Man on Facebook for the latest on “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” in theaters July 6, and as always keep your eyes peeled to Marvel.com!

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