Last spotted: Assuming the throne after the death of his father, King T’Challa appeared before the United Nations to unveil his kingdom to the world. While the previous ruler, King T’Chaka, followed years of tradition in keeping Wakanda a secret, T’Challa feels differently after facing a challenger to his throne: Erik Killmonger, his long-lost cousin.
Current whereabouts: T’Challa and his Wakanda forces are preparing to become earth’s first line of defense against Thanos, who is sending an army of multi-limbed Outrider aliens to attack the kingdom. Thanos’ main goal is to obtain all six Infinity Stones: the Mind Stone (on Vision’s forehead), the Space Stone (the Tesseract), the Reality Stone (the Aether), the Time Stone (within Doctor Strange’s Eye of Agamotto), the Power Stone (the orb in the possession of the Nova Corps.), and the Soul Stone (whereabouts are unknown).
With the Mind Stone with Vision in Wakanda, Captain America and the other Avengers who’ve been on the run since Civil War are now out of hiding to make sure Thanos doesn’t get what he wants. The Dora Milaje, not used to having outsiders within their borders, seem wary of the new arrivals.
The following is a conversation picked up from Wakanda as Captain America’s forces land their quinjet before T’Challa:
King T’Challa: “How big an assault?”
Steve Rogers: “Quite an assault, sir.”
King T’Challa: “Well, I have my King’s Guard, the Dora Milaje… and a semi-stable 100-year-old man.” [A reference to Barnes]
Steve Rogers: “How you doing, Buck?”
Bucky Barnes: “Not bad… So, little green men?”
Natasha Romanoff: “Not little. Not green.”
Picked up from agents: “You're seeing [the Avengers] in my world, which is not something that happens all of the time. I think it's important for us to give the flavor of Wakanda, and they're really adjusting to our space, so that will be part of the fun of the movie. And the Guardians entering it… obviously there is a clash, all of that is conflict but it's not conflict between us necessarily. So, it is an emotional, psychological, social conflict.” — Chadwick Boseman