‘Black Panther’: Kanye West’s White House Vision Is Based on Marvel’s Fictional Country in the MCU

Kanye West is one of the most popular, yet polarizing, celebrity figures in the world. The rapper-producer, clothes designer, and free thinker has no problem expressing his untraditional and sometimes controversial thoughts and opinions.

As a vocal promoter of his music and clothing, West is well-suited to campaigning, and his newest campaign is to become one of the most powerful politicians in the world. In an interview with Forbes, West laid out his plan to become president of the United States in the 2020 election.

In the interview, West also discussed his thoughts on the other candidates, a number of social issues, and his plan to use the fictional city of Wakanda as a model city for his plans for America. 

Who is Kanye West?

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West is undeniably a musical legend, as he is the winner of 21 Grammy Awards and has created some of the most critically acclaimed music of all-time. West got his start in the hip-hop industry as a producer for icons such as Jay-Z, Beyonce, John Legend, and many others.

He then burst onto the national scene with his debut album The College Dropout. The rapper is also known for his marriage to reality television star and influencer Kim Kardashian. The high-profile couple were married in 2014, and have four children together Saint, North, Psalm, and Chicago.

West is also known for his flurry of outbursts on Twitter, the most recent of which has included his partnership with Gap, a new song and music video with protégé Travis Scott, and the announcement that he will continue in his run for president of America in the 2020 election. 

West’s presidential run 

West has made many references to running for the office of the president of the United States, mostly on Twitter with the #Kanye2020.

West’s tweets have recently caught the attention of another polarizing public figure, Elon Musk. The eccentric entrepreneur quote tweeted the eccentric musician’s announcement that he will be running for president in 2020, with the response “You have my full support!”

Full support may have been a hasty choice of words, as Musk deleted the response just days after tweeting. West’s candidacy is controversial, both because of West’s past support of Donald Trump, as well as West’s ideas for the country. The rapper turned candidate’s recently shared his thoughts about the presidency and plans for America with Forbes, which included a particularly interesting idea about making America more like a famous Marvel Comics city. 

West’s vision of a Wakanda type America

Nakia, T'Challa, and Okoye in Black Panther
Nakia, T’Challa, and Okoye in Black Panther | Marvel Studios

In his interview with Forbes, West spoke about a wide variety of topics including, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and West’s COVID-19 infection. West also spoke about his plan to make America more like the fictional city of Wakanda from the popular Marvel films Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. The rapper and supposed presidential candidate said: 

“A lot of Africans do not like the movie [Black Panther] and representation of themselves in…Wakanda. But I’m gonna use the framework of Wakanda right now because it’s the best explanation of what our design group is going to feel like in the White House…That is a positive idea: you got Kanye West, one of the most powerful humans—I’m not saying the most because you got a lot of alien-level superpowers and it’s only collectively that we can set it free. Let’s get back to Wakanda . . . like in the movie in Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine—like big pharma—we are going to work, innovate, together.This is not going to be some Nipsey Hussle being murdered, they’re doing a documentary, we have so many soldiers that die for our freedom, our freedom of information, that there is a cure for AIDS out there, there is going to be a mix of big pharma and holistic.”

West touches on a wide variety of topics in this quote, some of which are not so easily linked. This free-wheeling rant could be considered West’s political platform which as of now is ill-defined. West is also not legally a candidate for the presidency, as he has not filed any paperwork with the Federal Election Committee which is the governmental body in charge of elections in America.