Photo Friday: Exploring the Possibility of Glaciers in Wakanda

The gleaming sky-scrapers secluded by vast, white-peaked mountain ranges are some of the first clues that you might be in Golden City, Wakanda. The newest addition to the Marvel cinematic universe, “Black Panther,” is set in the fictional African nation of Wakanda, which contains exclusive metal vibranium, but does it contain glaciers?

Wakanda is depicted as being located on the edge of Lake Turkana, somewhere near the intersection of Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia. This would put it roughly in East Africa, which contains two glaciated ranges— the Ruwenzori Mountains and the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya. These glaciers provide important sources of livelihood for those nearby, from fertile soils to lush forests with important water catchment services.

Praised for having a “superb cast” and stunning visuals, “Black Panther” has become one of the highest grossing and top-rated Marvel movies of all time. It goes beyond its excellent cinematic exterior to “deal with the issues of being of African descent,” says Director Ryan Coogler when speaking to TIME. In the same light, it has been labeled a “cultural touchtone” by some due to its diversity in film and representation of the African culture. For this week’s Photo Friday, explore the possibility of a glaciated Wakanda, and let us know what you think in the comments. “Black Panther” is currently playing in theaters now.


The Avengers’ ship is seen entering Wakanda. The white-tipped peaks on the mountains along the border broaden our suspicions of glaciers in the country (Source: Fandom/Ultimate Avengers II DVD).


The location of Wakanda in the Black Panther film (Source: Fandom).


Travelers traverse the Ruwenzori Mountains in Uganda. Could this be a popular activity for the people of Wakanda? (Source: Mandala Travel/Creative Commons).


Mt. Kilimanjaro is located in Tanzania and is the highest peak in Africa. Perhaps it would serve as a point of interest for some nearby superheroes? (Source: Creative Commons).


Try and spot some potential clues to glaciers in the film’s official trailer below:

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