Black Panther Subtly Reveals Wales is an Independent Nation in the MCU

By Tom Pritchard on at

In the real world the UK is still a combination of four different countries, despite the fact that there are political groups out there who would very much like to separate Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland from England. In the real world that doesn't look to be changing in the near future, but real life is not fiction. In fiction things are very different, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe is no exception because it seems as though Wales is an independent country.

The latest instalment of the MCU, Black Panther, finishes off with two post credit scenes, the first of which features T'Challa setting up his contractually obligated sequel and addressing the UN to reveal Wakanda's rich technology to the world. What some people noticed, however, is that one of the UN flags featured in this scene belongs to Wales.

The UN doesn't include individual flags for each of the UK's constituent countries, so that implies Wales is actually independent within Marvel's on-screen franchise. What's more, it's important enough to be right up there alongside world powers like the USA and Japan, plus the likes of Mexico and The Netherlands.

In the real world the concept of Welsh Independence hasn't gained much traction, certainly not compared to Scotland's never-ending quest to be in charge of itself. According to Wales Online, a survey that took place last May (prior to the most recent general election) found only 26 per cent of respondents favoured Welsh Independence. 16 per cent said they didn't care either way, and 47 per cent were firmly against it. There's no mention of what the other 11 per cent had to say, though the poll also found that if the Conservative party increased its majority in parliament the pro-Independence figure could rise as high as 32 per cent.

Obviously the political climate in the MCU is very different. Not only have aliens invaded earth multiple times (including one incursion in London), governments of the world have also had to content with takeover attempts by HYDRA, robots dropping cities out of the sky, and more. So there are plenty of things that might have destabilised the UK government enough that Wales might want to go it alone. I assume it also means Scotland and Northern Ireland aren't part of the UK either.

But rather than making a point about British politics, it sounds as though the inclusion of the Welsh flag was just a small easter egg. According to NME it looks like Lynwen Brennan, President and General Manager of Industrial Light & Magic, the company that did some of the film's special effects - who is from Pembrokeshire. ILM is also another Disney company, after being purchased alongside Lucasfilm back in 2012. So it may also be a little bit of corporate synergy. [NME via Screenrant]

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