When actor Chadwick Boseman tragically passed away in 2020 it hit many of us like a punch to the gut. Boseman was on the cusp of true greatness and then taken away so unexpectedly. This from a business standpoint derailed Marvel Studio’s plans for the Black Panther franchise and to a degree, the next stage of the Avengers cinematic plans as well.
Despite the enormous loss, Marvel Studios is carrying on and the future of Wakanda, the island nation ruled by Black Panther is reportedly getting a spin-off series on Disney Plus.
The series is part of a new multi-year overall television deal Ryan Coogler and his Proximity Media have signed with The Walt Disney Company and will include other television projects in the future. Coogler previously directed and co-wrote the hit Marvel film “Black Panther,” which takes place in the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Coogler is currently at work on the film’s sequel.
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” said Bob Iger, executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company. “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.”
Should the Wakanda project go to series, it would be the latest show set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to make its way to Disney Plus. The streamer recently launched its first such show, “WandaVision,” with “Falcon and Winter Soldier” and “Loki” also on deck. Others include “Hawkeye,” “Moon Knight,” “She-Hulk,” and “Ms. Marvel.” There are also shows on the way focusing on Nick Fury with Samuel L. Jackson starring, the character War Machine played by Don Cheadle, and Dominique Thorne starring in “Ironheart.”
“Black Panther” was a smash hit for Disney and Marvel, grossing nearly $1.35 billion worldwide. Its still not really known for sure if Coogler will just recast the role of T’Challa aka Black Panther, or have another character assume the mantle. At the time of writing this article, the main rumor amongst fans was that T’Challa’s sister, Shuri, would take on the role of Black Panther. Another rumor even suggests that Michael B. Jordan’s Killmonger (who was killed off in the first Black Panther film) would be resurrected and possibly assume the mantle through some kind of redemption angle.
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