Black Panther’s record-shattering and critic-enamoring debut has had some interesting effects on the rest of the world. For instance, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta is now (jokingly) offering flights to the Marvel film and comic’s fictional pan-African paradise of Wakanda.
The official Twitter account offered up this image:
So far stars Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong’o have already teased the airport with their desires to go back to the fictional nation.
“Direct flights daily at 7:30 PM,” the airport joked on its Facebook page, which has also shared a video of food blogger Darius Williams trying to book a flight from Hartsfield-Jackson to Wakanda. “We add new routes all the time,” said the post in response to his satirical trouble.
So while it seems difficult to actually book a flight there, those hoping to reach the hyper-advanced country that hosted the second-biggest opening weekend of all time, the biggest opening by a black director, and the highest-rated Marvel movie yet, may not be completely out of options.
The rock quarry in Stockbridge, twenty miles outside of Atlanta, served as the setting for many of the film’s scene and much of the film’s budget went to Georgians, so "Wakanda" is closer than travelers at the airport may realize - and the airport itself is always happy to spread the knowledge.
"We're always looking to engage our customers and encourage them to think about airports in non-traditional ways," said Reese McCranie, director of policy and communications for Hartsfield-Jackson International. "This movie being filmed in metro Atlanta is great for Atlanta and for the film industry."