Its not very often we get Marvel Studios news that hasn’t either been rumored around the web or announced at a major event focused on fans, press or investors so this particular piece of news not only comes as a delight but a pretty big surprise. Today via their Twitter account, Marvel Studios announced a five-year television deal with Black Panther writer/director Ryan Coogler‘s production studio Proximity Media and The Walt Disney Company. The deal more or less guarantees an ample amount of projects for both Marvel and Disney, including a Wakanda-based MCU series for Disney+ that they’re already working on.
When 2020 saw the untimely passing of the legendary Chadwick Boseman, many fans wondered if Wakanda’s chapter of the MCU had been forced to a close. Apparently, Marvel Studios has other plans. With prior announcements that King T’Challa will not be recast in the MCU, this leaves a lot of possibility for what kind of series we may be getting.
The last we saw the technologically advanced nation was in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War when it was left ungoverned after its king was unexpectedly turned to dust following an intense battle against an army of outriders. But we still haven’t seen a Wakanda in the aftermath of the blip. While Black Panther 2 has been confirmed to heavily focus on the nation and the rich culture that surrounds it we should still expect to see plenty of that in the Disney+ series. Given Wakanda’s deep comic-lore we could see anything from an Agents of Wakanda adaption to a Nakia/Dora Milaje focused series or even one focused on M’Baku’s White Gorilla Cult. It’s also possible they give us the Black Panthers of Wakanda’s past in action.
With the official announcement of this series, we are now at a total of 26 Marvel Studios projects in development for release in the near future. Constantly fueled by the industry’s brightest creatives, it’s no surprise to see Marvel tap Coogler and his team for another project. With no intentions of slowing down, it seems Wakanda is in fact, forever.