Don't let the Euro-centric view of the world that is dominant in this country fool you into believing that African civilizations aren't cosmopolitan and advanced just because they didn't industrialize as quickly as the European great powers. For most of the history of human civilization, African and Southwest Asian civilizations were the most advanced on the planet. And for most of human history, Europe was a parochial backwater. After the fall of Rome, this was certainly true up until the point that Europeans began exploring and settling the Americas.
It was contact with Africa and the Americas that allowed European societies to explode into industrialization. Pre-Columbian Europe was relatively poor, had small populations, had spent centuries in ruinous religious conflicts, had poor nutrition, had poor growing climates relative to other African and Asian societies, and had their access to the riches of the East cut off by the fall of Constantinople.
That's the reason they turned West. They were shut out of the richest and most cosmopolitan markets of the Old World by the geopolitical supremacy and centrality of the Islamic world.
Contact with sub-Saharan Africa and India after the onset of the Age of Discovery opened up tremendous wealth for the Iberians, and subsequently the rest of Europe. It gave them access to super valuable tropical crops like cacao, coffee, rice, chiles, citrus, sugarcane, tea, etc. that helped to improve their nutrition and make them rich. It also gave them access to the mineral wealth of the continent. But just as important, it gave them access to export markets that had huge populations--numbers that dwarfed European societies.
European populations exploded because of gaining access to crops and lands with better nutritional value and agricultural efficiency. And this population increase is what enabled their rapid development and eventual geopolitical dominance.
Africans have very old and complex multi-ethnic cultures. We're just largely ignorant of them here in the United States. And this despite the fact they're a pillar of our own development. Africans Americans lost so much of their cultural, institutional, and personal historical memory due to the nature of their immigration to the Americas as slaves, and the subsequent subjugation they faced in a society that invented militant White Supremacy. We're poorer for that. Just like we're poorer for the utter destruction of Native American peoples and cultures. What survived was fragmented. And yet it's amazing how big and broad the African influence in American culture is. It's a testament to the vigor of their cultures.
Anyway, I'm proud of the way Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created and portrayed Wakanda and the Black Panther in those early Fantastic Four comics. It took real vision to see the value and potential of African civilizations in the early 60's. I love that they envisioned a society that hadn't been stunted by the one-sided exchange of European Colonization. I think it's really cool for black people to have a great comic that reflects and portrays the potential of their ancestral lands in the way that white Americans of European descent have taken for granted with our own. I wouldn't get hung up on the fact that there is no real Wakanda. There is no real Baxter Building. Or Stark Tower. And Norway definitely doesn't look like Asgard.