The release of Black Panther has just about everyone excited. The movie’s fans are as loyal to the film as possible, and it was another huge step forward in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s progression. The fanbase is so rabid, in fact, that it is causing some real-life issues for certain people. For instance, the city of Wauconda, Illinois is getting bombarded with vibranium requests from pranksters who made the connection that the film’s fictional country of Wakanda bears a striking audial resemblance to the real-life city.
That’s pretty much where the similarities end though. Wauconda, is more known for their city’s bog nature preserve than anything else. The small town’s population is just over 13,000 and is hardly the site of any epic battles between superheroes.
Wakanda, the fictional African country, is full of highly advanced technology that is used to create weapons, is full of magical herbs that give their king enhanced abilities, and doesn’t exist in Illinois. Hard to see how people could get these two places confused.
Still, this hasn’t stopped several people from calling the mayor’s office demanding their vibranium supplies. Executive assistant to the mayor, Alise Homola said, “Someone called and asked how we pronounced the village name and when I told him, he began yelling, ‘Wakanda forever!’ which I am guessing is from the film.”
Fan boys are gonna fan boy, I suppose. But stop making these people’s lives harder with your prank calls, everyone. We all know Wakanda isn’t real.
…And even if it were, it wouldn’t be in Illinois.