N’Jobu’s betrayal deepens Wakanda’s isolationism

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has shown, largely through flashbacks, that its history with superheroes goes back well beyond 2008. While Captain Marvel and Captain America are obvious choices, others like The Black Panther may not be as recognized. However, unlike other examples, this was because the people of Wakanda did not want to be recognized. But as the Black Panther film showed, isolationism was something that became a crutch that nearly killed the great nation. As a result, a larger conspiracy could reveal that a painful betrayal was the reason they cut themselves off so much from the world during his formative years.


Wakanda was a nation that prided itself on being true to itself and never compromising its values ​​even as it advanced its technology. However, the isolationist ideology led by King T’Chaka in Black Panther felt out of place for a character who was both wise and kind. He understood the value people brought to the world and trusted them enough to continue letting everyone know they existed, even if their public image didn’t reflect reality. But the answer to why he was so closed off may go deeper than lofty belief and relate more to the death of his brother N’Jobu.

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In Black Panther, N’Jobu believed that Wakanda’s many secrets should be shared with the world, including its vibranium, as it could also give other minorities something to believe in. As a war dog, N’Jobu saw how ugly the world could be and the treatment of minorities in 90s Oakland. As a result, he believed that if T’Chaka didn’t see the right way to do things, he would do it himself. This led to Ulysses Klaue sneaking into Wakanda and stealing vibranium, which resulted in the deaths of innocent people. The resulting conflict eventually led to N’Jobu’s death at the clutches of T’Chaka, and Wakanda fell away from the world.

While it was clear that T’Chaka had reservations about sharing Wakandan secrets with the world, he might not be against opening up the nation as a whole to the rest of the world. Essentially, rather than giving them vibranium, they would show off their progress and fit in with the larger world. This would assuage T’Chaka’s distrust of people and governments, but also show that he was still wise enough to know that being shut down could quickly end Wakanda. That said, T’Chaka was still uneasy, as he had been brought up to believe that isolationism was the only way.

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In the end, N’Jobu’s actions proved to T’Chaka that the world was not and may never be ready for what Wakanda would offer. Afterwards, he not only decided not to reveal Wakanda for what it was, but potentially never wanted to try again. But after that decision, the world changed, the Avengers rose, and there were more threats than heroes in the universe. This ultimately led to T’Challa being the one to change Wakanda for better or worse and perhaps do what his father couldn’t.

Overall this Black Panther The theory has never been proven, but it could enhance T’Chaka’s story and character, which has remained largely unexplored. Like his son, he appeared deeply complex and conflicted, but only ever wanted to do what was right. Because of this, the idea of ​​shutting down Wakanda forever probably hurt him and only hurt him more because his brother was the cause, and it was T’Chaka who ultimately punished him for it. .

Sharon D. Cole