WAUCOUNDA, IL. (KTHV) - The spelling is different but the pronounciation is identical to the mythical, prosperous city in Marvel's Black Panther.
Home of superhero Black Panther who's real name is T'challa, the imaginary city of Wakonda is an isolationist county of wealth hidden within Africa. The spellings differ, but that hasn't stopped the citizens of Wauconda from having fun with the coincidence.
The city shared pictures to their Facebook page, showcasing people wearing Black Panther masks as a part of the fun. Everyone, from local businesses to city officials, participated.
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On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the village hall received a phone call from a fan who yelled, "Wakanda forever," a battle cry from the movie.
“We had a guy call and [he] was shouting that. I was a little confused,” Alise Homola, who works at the village hall told the Chicago Sun Times.
“He was joking around about it,’’ she said. “He just said that ‘I was searching the Wakanda from the movie, and your village came up, so I thought I’d call you and give you a hard time.’ ”
According to the town's official website, the city got its name from an Indian Chief who is believed to be buried "somewhere on the southern bank of Bangs Lake, back of the Town Hall." The website says the word translated from its native tongue means "Spirit Water."
Black Panther is the third movie directed by 31-year-old Ryan Coogler. It boasts of an all-star cast featuring Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger and Danai Gurira as Okoye. After his father dies, T'Challa returns to the take his place as King of Wakanda in the secret, technologically-advanced nation in Africa.
In two weekends, Black Panther has earned a total of $310 million so far and is the second-biggest second weekend grossing movie of all time behind Jurassic World. It is projected to be the third-biggest grossing solo superhero movie.