The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda was established for the MCU in Marvel’s What If…? episode 2 ahead of Black Panther 2 and the subsequent spin-off projects in development. An alternate timeline is revealed in the episode of the new animated series on Disney+, in which Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa was captured by Yondu and the Ravagers instead of Peter Quill, thus altering the course of his life. His family and country, on the other hand, did not forget about their prince, and their quest for him suggests the very real chance that the main MCU’s Wakanda would expand to the stars in the near future.
What If…? is a Marvel film that explores the possibilities of what might happen if…? Yondu nurtured T’Challa as he would Peter Quill in episode 2, “What If… T’Challa Became A Star-Lord.” After convincing Yondu to take from the rich and give to the needy, the young Wakandan prince would eventually become a Star-Lord, albeit one who was genuinely beloved and admired. T’Challa discovered a Wakandan spaceship in Taneleer Tivan’s collection during the Ravagers’ most recent mission to obtain the Embers of Genesis from the Collector. T’Challa’s father has been sending warriors into space to look for his son for years, according to a message found inside the ship.
If the MCU’s Wakanda has the same degree of Vibranium technology as the one portrayed in this episode of Marvel’s What If…?, then the African nation is capable of space travel, which is a major deal. The MCU’s Wakanda might start the construction of the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda, a recently introduced cosmic expansion featured in Marvel Comics from author Ta-Nehisi Coates, by having superior spacecraft.
While the cosmic empire’s story is complex and multi-layered, watching Wakanda seek expansion in the outer reaches of space would be an exciting new element for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the other spin-off series in production.
Wakanda’s early space explorers wandered into a wormhole that took them hundreds of years into the past, which caused the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda to be tormented by time. By the time T’Challa became king of Wakanda, the entire Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda had been fully built. The Empire, on the other hand, had lost its path amid the stars, having forgotten Wakanda Prime’s culture as it began to establish its power on the backs of the worlds it invaded, enslaving their people. Changing the empire’s name and placing it on a bright new route in the future.
As a result, showing Wakanda at odds with its own expansion would be a significant step forward for the Black Panther franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In any case, Wakandan space travel has been confirmed, which opens up some intriguing possibilities for MCU’s future. Despite being set in a different timeframe, there’s no reason why Wakanda in the main MCU wouldn’t have the same technological advancements as the Wakanda depicted in this new episode of Marvel’s What If…? As a result, a version of Wakanda’s Intergalactic Empire might appear in Black Panther 2 and/or the Wakanda spin-offs in the near future, providing an enormously dynamic narrative as the MCU’s ultimate frontier expands.