[Candace H. Johnson – For Shaw Media]
[Barber Will Tremont wears a "Black Panther" as he gives a haircut to Nick Solideo of Mundelein at Tremonte's Barbershop in downtown Wauconda.]
Village Administrator Kevin Timony said the community has been loving the spotlight.
“It’s nice to have the attention and for the community to be promoted and get some regional and national attention,” he said. “I had already known prior to the movie coming out that they mentioned a place called Wakanda just from seeing the previews, but again it was spelled differently, so I didn’t really think it’d be a thing. But it turned into a whole thing there.”
Movie history buffs will recognize Wauconda as a film location for the classic film “Blues Brothers.” In fact, Phil’s Beach – the stretch of beach on which Jake and Elwood Blues drove in the 1980 cult classic – is scheduled to reopen to the public next summer.
In the meantime, Vazquez said, Wauconda will continue to embrace its unexpected place in the Marvel universe.
“Everyone is just having fun with it,” he said. “It really kind of brought the community together a little bit.”