WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Marvel’s Black Panther, in theaters now.
By all accounts, Marvel Studios has another hit on its hands with Ryan Coogler's Black Panther. Not only does the film introduce new concepts like the African nation of Wakanda to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it also helps to set the stage for the big showdown with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
As good as Black Panther was, there are sure to be a number of lingering mysteries about the film's story or characters, which is why we've compiled a list of the film's most pressing questions that still need to be answered.
Where Is the Soul Stone?
With Black Panther arriving in theaters less than three months before Avengers: Infinity War, it was widely believed the film would reveal the location of the Soul Stone, the only Infinity Stone that hasn't appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The theory had some extra momentum after trailers for Black Panther depicted T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) strolling through an astral plane, where he would later reconnect with his deceased father, T'Chaka. Because the Soul Stone is the home to what's known as the Soul World -- a pocket dimension -- it could theoretically serve as a stand-in for the astral plane. However, the Soul Stone was nowhere to be found in Black Panther.
We know from the trailers for Avengers: Infinity War that Wakanda is one of the major locations of the ensemble film, with Earth's Mightiest Heroes squaring off there against Thanos' forces. The Mad Titan may very well be storm the borders of the African nation in search of the Soul Stone, if it is indeed located there.
What Are the Ramifications of Wakanda Sharing Its Resources?
The mid-credits scene brought one of the film's main plot lines to a close, with T'Challa speaking in front of the United Nations to let the world know that Wakanda will no longer hide its secrets, but instead will reveal itself to be a thriving, technologically advanced nation.
The ramifications of this mic drop are destined to play out across the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Knowing that one of Earth's rarest alloys, Vibranium, can only be found in Wakanda is sure to attract all types of nefarious criminals looking to make a quick score. Wakanda has thrived in part because of its isolationism, but it will now look to make new alliances across the globe. But that will undoubtedly lead to new enemies as well.