Wauconda, a village located near Chicago in Illinois, has been getting some interesting calls from fans of the popular Marvel film, Black Panther.
The village is pronounced the same as the fictional East African nation of Wakanda, the setting for the film.
Wauconda has received requests for vibranium, the strongest metal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Alise Homola, executive assistant to the village administrator and mayor said since the film opened, she has received calls and emails from fans.
“At first, I was like, is there a full moon out?”
Homola was aware of the film, but knew nothing of the plot.
Wauconda is located in Lake County, Ill with a population of around 13,758, according to the United States Census Bureau. In Black Panther, Wakanda is hidden away from the world with the title superhero and king protecting its lands and quite far more technologically advanced than its homonym counterpart. Homola recalls a perplexing call she took.
“Someone called and asked how we pronounced the village name and when I told him, he began yelling, ‘Wakanda forever!’ which I’m guessing is from the film.”
Wauconda High School Principal Dan Klett said the school’s mascot will remain a bulldog despite inquiries made to change it to a black panther.
One has to wonder how many took up the offer at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, who was offering flights to Wakanda and if it came to a surprise to them that a similar-sounding town up north existed.
Black Panther is currently in theaters and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Daniel Kaluuya and Andy Serkis.