What did you expect when Wakanda opened itself up to the world?

Adam Campbell-Schmitt
April 09, 2018

Whether or not it's the most ambitious crossover attempt in historyAvengers: Infinity War promises to be a massive mashup of the Marvel Universe. The comic book movie franchise teams up some of the biggest stars from the printed page and screen to—what else?—fight the forces of evil, terrestrial and beyond. Superhero fans get to see Robert Downey, Jr.'s Iron Man interact with Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, Chris Evans' Captain America, and the newest addition to the pantheon, Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther. And while the idea of people dashing around the globe with futuristic weapons and form-fitting costumes is a bit far-fetched, a new television ad for the upcoming third installment of the Avengers series proves just how grounded in the real world these characters are.

At the end of the one-minute trailer, a couple of familiar characters to Black Panther fans have a frank conversation about the ramifications of the closing scenes of the standalone superhero movie. (Spoilers ahead!) The finale of that film included Boseman's King T'Challa revealing the truth about Wakanda's technological and societal triumphs to the outside world after keeping them hidden for generations. In this first Avengers movie since that revelation occurred, we get to see the results of that newfound exposure as the Wakandan army is asked to fight against the forces of Thanos, an otherworldly villain bent on Earth's destruction. But T'Challa's bodyguard, Danai Gurira's Okoye, had different dreams for her home country:

"When you said you were going to open up Wakanda to the rest of the world, this is not what I imagined," Okoye laments to T'Challa.

"What did you imagine?"

"The Olympics... maybe even a Starbucks."

Yes, it seems even the citizens of the technologically advanced, idealistic, post-capitalist Wakanda can't keep away the want of a Starbucks. The joke even spurred one fan to create an ad for the coffee chain featuring Okoye:

Avengers: Infinity War is set to hit movie theaters on April 27.