WAUCONDA, IL. — Residents of a small village in Illinois have something in common with Marvel’s Black Panther: Wauconda sounds a lot like the mythical, prosperous city of Wakanda.
The spelling is different, but the pronunciation is identical.
In the movie, Wakanda is home to Black Panther, a superhero whose real name is T’challa, and community of black people thriving among wealth hidden in Africa.
Wauconda, Illinois, which has a population of less than 14,000, is a mostly white community without vibranium, the unbreakable fictional metal that powers Wakanda.