The future of the Black Panther movies is very much up in the air. With the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, plans for Black Panther 2 changed, and the latest news from Marvel is that the second movie will not recast Boseman nor use CGI. Instead, the sequel will delve into the world around T’Challa, into Wakanda itself.
The African country that once held its technological secrets close in order to protect itself will not only open up to the world, as hinted at the end of the first movie, but it will open itself up to audiences too. And not just in theaters.
Director Ryan Coogler just signed a five-year TV deal with Disney+ and one of the first projects to come from that deal is a Wakanda-based series. Coogler’s production company, Proximity Media, will develop a variety of projects for the streaming platform, and while there is little news as to what those projects may be, Coogler is kicking things off by extending the Black Panther universe.
“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,” Coogler said in a statement
Again, that’s basically everything we know about the Kingdom of Wakanda series, and we don’t know much more about Black Panther 2 either. But the first movie was a sensation, and not merely because of Boseman’s star performance. The rest of the cast, including Leticia Wright who played T’Challa’s sister Shuri, will have to step up in the movie, and perhaps in this new series as well.
We can’t wait to see it.