Marvel Studios today released a new television spot for the highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War . The ad contained a ton of new footage with a special focus on Wakanda, complete with T & # 39; Challa and the Wakandan forces chanting before they go into action.
In the new footage – which you can see in the video above ̵
While the Wakanda of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a fictional African nation, the language spoken in it is not. Spoken Wakandan is actually IsiXhosa, a Buntu language that is one of the 11 official languages of South Africa and one of the 16 languages of Zimbabwe. Depending on which translator you use, "Yibambe" is either a standalone word or part of a few phrases – including "yibambe icimile" and "yibambe amandala" – meaning "hold" or "hold on"
Since the Wakandan Armed forces in the new shots are ready for battle, it makes sense that T & # 39; Challa would make them "hold on". In English, "hold almost" is referred to as an old nautical term, which means that you cling tightly to the rigging of a ship. The phrase refers to the idea of remaining self-determined in the face of adversity, determination and steadfastness. Because Thanos and his forces are threatening not only the world, but the universe as well, determination is extremely important.
The word is also heard in Black Panther spoken by Nakia (Lupita Nyong & # 39; o) in the scene in which T & #; Challa M & # 39; Baku (Winston Duke) fights ,
The idea that Wakandans speak a true African language brings a deeper level of authenticity to the fictional nation, and the choice to use Xhosa has been partially inspired. On a voyage, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler traveled to South Africa before making the film, and actor John Kani, who played T & # 39; chaka in both Captain America: Civil War and Black Panther . Dialect coach Beth McGuire told Slate that because Kani is a native Xhosa spokesman, using the language made sense.
"Ryan and I went back and forth and talked about it, and I said it only makes sense," McGuire said. "If that's what you started with, that's your king of Wakanda, that's it, that's the language."
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Avengers: Infinity War will be released on April 27th. Black Panther is now in theaters. Other forthcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films include On July 6, The Man and the Wasp Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the fourth film Avengers on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5, 2019 and Guardians of the Galaxy 3 in 2020.