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"Explorers have searched for it for centuries. El Dorado. The Golden City. It's a technological marvel."
Ulysses Klaue[src]

The Golden City, also known as Birnin Zana,[1] is the capital city of the Kingdom of Wakanda.



The Golden City was founded by the Golden Tribe as the main city of Wakanda. Located at the heart of Wakandan civilization, the city displays incredibly advanced pieces of technology such as the Wakandan Maglev Train for public transportation.[2]

Myth of El Dorado

Since the arrival of the Spanish to America the city was associated with the mythical El Dorado. Westerners believed for centuries that it was in South America, but it turned out that it was actually in African continent. That conclusion fascinated the Klaue family for generations.

Infiltrated by Ulysees Klaue

In 1989, Ulysses Klaue managed to infiltrate the Golden City with help from Prince N'Jobu in order to steal a cache of Vibranium, which resulted in the death of several Wakandans.[2]

New King

T'Challa returns to the Golden City

In 2016, T'Challa returned to the Golden City in order to be crowned the new King of Wakanda. He was greeted upon arriving by his mother Ramonda and his sister Shuri. Following his incoronation, T'Challa took a stroll with his friend Nakia in the Golden City while being escorted by the Dora Milaje, and they discussed the relevance of Wakanda's seclusive policy.

Following a failed attempt to arrest Ulysses Klaue, T'Challa, Nakia, and Okoye returned to the Golden City with a wounded Everett Ross, who they hid in Shuri's laboratory. Later, Erik Killmonger managed to be granted access to the Golden City after he presented himself with the body of Klaue, enabling him to have an audience in the Citadel during which he claimed the throne of Wakanda. Shuri, Ramonda, Nakia, and Ross were forced to flee the Golden City when Killmonger seemingly killed T'Challa in ritual combat. However, they were ultimately able to return after reuniting with T'Challa in Jabari Land. Once reinstated as King of Wakanda, T'Challa took another walk with Nakia in the streets of the Golden City and thanked her for her invaluable assistance, before reestablishing their relationship.[2]

Battle of Wakanda

"Evacuate the city. Engage all defenses. And get this man a shield."
T'Challa to Shuri[src]

An Outrider Dropship crashes over the Golden City

Two years later, T'Challa welcomed members of the Avengers into the Golden City as they had come to ask Shuri to safely remove the Mind Stone from Vision. While Shuri assessed the length of the task, Okoye was informed that Outrider spaceships were invading Wakanda's airspace. While standing on guard, Sam Wilson, Bucky Barnes, and James Rhodes saw one spaceship crashing on the dome. Upon seeing this, T'Challa ordered for the evacuation of the Golden City.[3]


T'Challa, Shuri, and Ramonda reunited

In 2023, following the Blip, a celebration took place in the Golden City as Wakandans were reunited with their loved ones. T'Challa and Shuri reunited with their mother and watched the celebrations.[4]

Alternate Universes

T'Challa's Return

In an alternate universe, a young T'Challa left the Golden City and went outside Wakanda's dome. Years later, an adult T'Challa returned to Wakanda, accompanied by the Ravagers, and reunited with T'Chaka, Ramonda, and Shuri in the Citadel inside the Golden City.[5]

Zombie Apocalypse

Zombified Thanos stands outside the Golden City

In an alternate 2018, a zombified Thanos invaded Wakanda on his quest to obtain all six Infinity Stones. He stood outside the Golden City, wielding the nearly completed Infinity Gauntlet, as the quantum virus spread throughout the country.[6]

War against Wakanda

"This is the Wakandan capital? Confirm location."
Thaddeus Ross[src]

In an alternate 2008, Erik Killmonger arrived in the Golden City to warn T'Chaka, Ramonda, and Shuri about the incoming attack by the Stark Liberator Drones. The Wakandan army led by Ramonda defeat the drones and protected the city. Afterwards, Killmonger became the new Black Panther and took up residence inside the Citadel.[7]


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