With Black Panther 2 on the way, Marvel fans have been wondering how the story would continue after the tragic loss of Chadwick Boseman who played the title character, T’Challa. Now, MCU fans are in for a real treat, because Disney director and co-writer Ryan Coogler is back to bring us into the world of Wakanda!
Deadline has confirmed that Coogler has signed on for a five-year television deal that will further explore the world of Wakanda!
Disney has made a five-year overall exclusive television deal with Coogler’s Proximity Media, which he runs with principals Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Peter Nicks. Coogler, who is working on the Black Panther feature sequel he will direct this year, will develop new television series for the studio. The first one will delight Black Panther fans: a drama based in the Kingdom of Wakanda for Disney+. The deal also enables Proximity to develop television for other divisions of the Company.
Disney’s Executive of The Walt Disney Company Chairman Bob Iger mentioned,
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation. With Black Panther, Ryan brought a groundbreaking story and iconic characters to life in a real, meaningful, and memorable way, creating a watershed cultural moment. We’re thrilled to strengthen our relationship and look forward to telling more great stories with Ryan and his team.”
“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company. Working with them on Black Panther was a dream come true. As avid consumers of television, we couldn’t be happier to be launching our television business with Bob Iger, Dana Walden, and all the amazing studios under the Disney umbrella. We look forward to learning, growing, and building a relationship with audiences all over the world through the Disney platforms. We are especially excited that we will be taking our first leap with Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and their partners at Marvel Studios where we will be working closely with them on select MCU shows for Disney+. We’re already in the mix on some projects that we can’t wait to share,” stated Ryan Coogler on behalf of Proximity Media.”
It will be exciting to see how Black Panther 2 can continue through the new series. At the moment we do not know how many seasons the show will be slated for, however, Disney is often able to put out a season each year for many of their shows. Disney has already stated that Chadwick Boseman will not be recast as T’Challa and that the Black Panther storyline will be making a major pivot in regards to the films.
That being said, after Black Panther, Black Panther 2, and Avengers: Endgame, Marvel has already begun to really sculpt the world and people of Wakanda, so this new Disney+ series will be the perfect way to expand on that. With Marvel shows such as WandaVision coming to Disney+ with high success, it is not surprising that Disney is looking to expand on other properties.
What storyline do you think that the new Wakanda series will take? Do you think it will involve any of the actors from the films, or a whole new cast? Let us know your thoughts!