A major part of the Black Panther title, a mantle passed down through generations, and the culture of Wakanda is the spirituality of its people, specifically their connection with tradition and the dead. Its Necropolis, the "City of the Dead" where Black Panthers go to die and where they draw their power and knowledge from their ancestors is at the center of this. Necropolis will absolutely be a part of the MCU given its crucial importance to the character, and it was alluded to with T'Challa's choice words in Captain America: Civil War when he spoke with Black Widow about his father's death.
Combine that with the reality that Wakanda is the most technologically advanced nation on Earth, and the only place on the planet where the nearly indestructible metal known as Vibranium is found (the stuff Captain America's shield is made of), and it's easy to piece together how all of these things can connect to an Infinity Stone.
In Marvel Comics, Vibranium found its way to Wakanda from space via a meteor and from the imagery in the Black Panther movie trailers, we suspect Marvel Studios is honoring the comics in a big way here. Clearly, Vibranium - an unusual unearthly alloy - is at the source of Wakanda's tech, but if it came via meteor, and if Wakanda is able to explore another realm or dimension to communicate with the dead, we suspect that meteor brought with it the Soul Stone.
On one hand, it's obvious and Kevin Said in 2015 that Black Panther helps setup Infinity War. On the other hand, why are so many of these Infinity Stones finding their way to Earth? What's so special about our planet in a very populated galaxy? And what if it really isn't in Black Panther and Thanos already has it or knows where it is?
These are questions for later but we do know from Guardians of the Galaxy 1 that the sixth and final stone is orange in color and we should find out more in February when Black Panther opens in theaters. Share your thoughts and theories on the Infinity Stones in the comments!
In Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!
Thor: Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi and returns Chris Hemsworth starring as Thor and Tom Hiddleston reprising his role as Loki. They are joined by Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson and Karl Urban, with Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. Kevin Feige is producing with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Thomas M. Hammel and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost wrote the screenplay.
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019