Deadline reported yesterday that Danai Gurira will be reprising her role as Okoye for the upcoming sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, as well as what they call “an origin spinoff series for Disney+.” It is unclear whether this series is the previously announced show that will take place in the Kingdom of Wakanda or if this is a separate spinoff series focusing exclusively on Okoye though Deadline seems to hint at the latter.
Back in February, it was reported that co-writer and director Ryan Coogler penned a 5-year exclusive television deal with Disney+ through his company Coogler’s Proximity Media. That report indicated that Coogler would be developing multiple projects, so it is very possible that Okoye will be getting her own show. It will be interesting to see the nation of Wakanda be fleshed out through multiple projects, of which the Dora Milaje and Okoye will certainly play a large part.
Coogler expressed his excitement in a statement from February:
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.
It will be interesting to see where these series go. Could we get a show focusing on Nakia? Could we eventually get an origin show for Storm? Let us know what show you’d be most excited for in the comments below!