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'Black Panther' fans are having a field day with this Illinois town called Wauconda



WASHINGTON (CIRCA) - There's "Wakanda," a fictional country in East Africa and then there's "Wauconda," a very real village in Illinois.

As it turns out, "Black Panther" fans have been prank calling stores and other establishments in Wauconda asking for vibranium.

Vibranium is a fictional type of metal that appears across Marvel Comics, including "Black Panther."

In the film, Wakanda's newly crowned king T'Challa - played by Chadwick Boseman - works to protect his people and defeat a powerful enemy by foiling his plot to steal the nation's vibranium and put all of the world at risk.

As moviegoers' fascination with the fictional super metal grows, the Lake County town has become the subject of playful jokes and phone calls.

For instance, people have been calling the mayor's office asking for vibranium, The Hollywood Reporter reports.

"Someone called and asked how we pronounced the village name and when I told him, he began yelling, β€˜Wakanda forever!’ which I am guessing is from the film,” the mayor's executive assistant said.

Wauconda was named after a deceased Native American chief and was organized in 1849.

The word translates to mean "Spirit Water," according to the town's website, but the Hollywood Reporter says it means β€œGod” in the language of the Kaw and Osage nations.

Atlanta's International Airport welcomed the Wakanda fandom when it tweeted this photo of a 7:30pm flight to the country, which first appeared in a "Fantastic Four" comic in July 1966.

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