Following the phenomenal success achieved by Black Panther in theaters worldwide last week, the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta Airport has started offering flights to the fictional African nation of Wakanda.
The official Twitter account of the international installation went into high gear earlier this week, sharing a photo of one of its terminals with a “7:30 p.m. flight” scheduled to depart for the home of the superhero, also the most technologically advanced nation in the comic books.
The whole thing is a joke obviously but one that has merit since Black Panther was mostly shot in and around Atlanta. Hence, there is a reason for the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta Airport to celebrate the critical response that the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has received in the box office.
The fun did not end just there. Responding to inquiries as to how much the fare would be for a return flight, the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta Airport asked if they would be paying with Vibranium, the fictional metal mined for its powerful properties in Wakanda. Elsewhere, the account handler refused to give away confidential information when asked if Killmonger, one of the chief antagonists in the movie, would be on the flight.
Black Panther, directed by Ryan Coogler, is set two years after the assassination of T’Chaka, the ruler of Wakanda, in the events of Captain America: Civil War. The African nation is now in political turmoil and on the brink of war.
The cast features Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue, Winston Duke as M’Baku and Forest Whitaker as Zuri.