Despite Ben Shapiro's unintentionally hilarious assertion to the contrary, it appears Wakanda is, technically, real.
Now that Marvel's Black Panther has taken the global box office, audiences have taken notice of a village in Illinois apparently pronounced the same way as the film's setting, but spelled differently: Wauconda. Since the film premiered last week, the Lake County hamlet has been flooded with phone calls and emails.
"I was like, is there a full moon out?" mayor and administrator Alise Homola told The Hollywood Reporter.
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She's aware of the film, like everyone else in the world, but didn't know it's largely set in a secretive African nation that's also the most technologically advanced place on Earth. Several of the calls and emails requested Vibranium, the power metal alloy that's found only in Wakanda. The village won't do much to acknowledge the connection, although that may change as the film continues to dominate at the box office and break numerous records.
In theaters now, director Ryan Coogler's Black Panther --set in Wakanda, Africa -- stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Guira, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Letitia Wright, Martin Freeman, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis.