First shown in Fantastic Four #52 (July '66), Wakanda possesses the largest stores of Vibranium on Earth, the result of a massive meteor strike. The radiation emitted by the meteorite caused mutations in small portions of the Wakandan population, turning some into "demons spirits", who attacked their fellow tribe members. The first Black Panther, Bashenga, sealed off the meteorite and formed the nation's religion: the Panther Cult.
Years later, under the ruling of King T'Chaka the Great (father of the modern Black Panther, T'Challa), Wakanda was cut off from the rest of the world. T'Chaka knew that the rare vibranium would bring Wakanda many enemies. Using only small amounts of the nation's mineral wealth, T'Chaka sent Wakanda's most intellectual citizens to the corners of the Earth, to learn everything they could in tandem with their own discoveries. As a result, Wakanda's level of technological and economic achievements exceeded those of the traditional world, making it the most advanced civilization on Earth. Wakanda has never been conquered in the entire history of it's existence. Although it did suffer great damage during AvX.
Major languages: Wakandian, Yoruba, Hausa, English; Afroasiatic, Nilo-Saharan, Niger-Congo, Khoe, Austronesian, Indo-European
Currency: Wakandian Dollar
Bashenga (first king of Wakanda)
Azzari the Wise (grandfather of T'Challa & Shuri)
T'Chaka the Great (father of T'Challa & Shuri)
S'yan the Swift (uncle of T'Challa & Shuri)
T'Challa (the most recognized and default Black Panther in Marvel Comics. T'Challa is the titular hero of the Black Panther mythos. All other Panthers were created after him and are supporting characters to him)
Shuri (younger sister of T'Challa, current ruler of Wakanda and Black Panther)
In Other Media
- Wakanda appears in the Fantastic Four: The Animated Series episode "Prey Of The Black Panther", which is largely a retelling of Black Panther's first appearance in in the comics.
- Wakanda is mentioned in the Iron Man: Armored Adventures episode "Panther's Prey", with the plot revolving around Black Panther coming to New York to find Moses Magnum, his father's killer.
- Wakanda appears in the Black Panther animated series, which retells Reginald Hudlin's "Who Is The Black Panther?" story.
- Wakanda appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, with Black Panther initially recruiting the Avengers to help free the country from the rule of Man-Ape. In Season 2, Skrull impostors posing as the Avengers trick Ms. Marvel into helping them attack Wakanda, but they are repelled by Black Panther and the real Avengers. In a later episode, Captain America and Hawkeye later travel to the country once more, where Wakandan scientists help fix Cap's shield. During their time in the country, the heroes also have their first encounter with the Vision.
- Wakanda appears in the Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers episode "His Majesty, Black Panther!", where Jessica travels to the country to help stop HYDRA agents who are seeking to invade it. She ends up teaming up with Black Panther, who becomes her second hero.
Wakanda appears as the main setting in the movie, with the country targeted by Chitauri invaders who want to steal all of the vibranium.
Wakanda makes a cameo on a map Nick Fury shows to Tony Stark. It is shown marked as one of the locations where SHIELD believes superhumans reside.
Wakanda is explicitly referenced for the first time in the MCU in this movie, with the Avengers learning that Ulysses Klaue stole a large amount of vibranium from the country some time ago. For his actions, the Wakandans branded Klaue's neck with their word for "thief", forever marking him as a criminal. Earlier drafts of the script featured Ultron taking of a Wakandan mine in order to create a new body for himself, but this was cut from the finalized movie.
- Wakanda is a setting in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, and is where the final battle with the nanite-controlled heroes takes place.
- Wakanda appears in Storm's ending for Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
- Wakanda can be visited in Marvel Heroes.