The hidden message on T'Challa's kinetic suit in Black Panther has been revealed, and it pays homage to his mother, Queen Ramonda. Marvel Studios had been teasing the existence of the Kingdom of Wakanda since 2010's Iron Man 2, but it wasn't until 2016 when fans saw a glimpse of the then-hidden nation during the post-credits scene of Captain America: Civil War. Earlier this year, director Ryan Coogler finally opened the doors to the mysterious paradise in T'Challa's origin story, as he proved himself the rightful king of the country.
Serving as the backdrop of two of big action set pieces in Avengers: Infinity War, Wakanda was where many of the MCU heroes converged as they attempted to foil Thanos' plans of wiping out half of the life in the universe in the hopes of balancing it. By the end of the film, the Mad Titan successfully enacted his mission, resulting in the "death" of countless life forms in the galaxy, including T'Challa. But while the whole country will undoubtedly mourn their king's "demise," the tragedy will be more difficult for his mother, Ramonda, especially given their close relationship, as highlighted by this newly found Easter egg in Black Panther.
A Reddit user with the handle thecruiser successfully decoded the Wakandan message that can be briefly seen on T'Challa's kinetic Black Panther suit made by Shuri. During a scene in the Coogler movie where the Wakandan princess presented her brother with her latest creation, there was a brief moment where the costume lights up revealing the message "I Love You Mom." It's a small detail but it offers a better perspective on Shuri and T'Challa's relationship with Queen Ramonda. Looked at from outside the film, the message could also be interpreted as being from Coogler to his own mother.
With T'Challa currently gone, it's uncertain how Wakanda will handle another crisis, just two years after Killmonger's failed take over. Now, the responsibility to lead the people of the nation lies on the shoulders of Shuri and Queen Ramonda, who both survived Thanos' snap. It's also expected that the Dora Milaje, with the leadership of Okoye and M'Baku's Jabari tribe, will help T'Challa's sister and mother to run the country. But while it's relatively easier to find people who can safeguard the kingdom's throne during the king's absence, it's more curious to know if there will be anyone to replace him as the Black Panther in the meantime. Shuri has donned the suit in print before, and many would undoubtedly be thrilled to see her take over the mantle on the big screen, but it's unclear whether or not that's the character trajectory that Marvel Studios wants for her.
However things pan out for Wakanda, one thing's for sure, the technologically-advanced nation is poised to play a huge role post-Infinity War. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo previously said that Wakanda is "essential" to dealing with the aftermath of Thanos' snap, which led many to believe that that country will still be a major hub for the remaining heroes as they gear up to take down the Mad Titan once and for all in Avengers 4.
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