While it remains to be seen just how Marvel Studios move forward with Black Panther 2, there’s now news that we’ll be getting a Disney+ companion series to focus on the people and places of Wakanda.
As first reported by Variety, then later made official by Marvel Studios, Black Panther writer and director Ryan Coogler is developing a Wakanda-set TV show as part of a new deal between Coogler and Disney. That deal is a five-year exclusive television deal between Disney and Coogler’s Proximity Media banner, and will see the filmmaker create other TV series for other division of the House of Mouse.
On this news, Disney’s Bob Iger enthused:
“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.”
For Coogler’s part, the Fruitvale Station and Creed writer/director released a statement proclaiming his honour at partnering with The Walt Disney Company, confirming that Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito and Victoria Alonso will be involved in this Wakanda series. At this stage, this show has yet to be given an official title.
Where Black Panther 2 is concerned, that sequel is currently set for an 8 July 2022 big-screen release. As confirmed by Kevin Feige last month during the Disney Investor Day, the titular T’Challa will not be being recast or digitally created following the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman last year.