Black Panther has become one of Marvel Studios’ flagship franchises. Even after the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, the story and its social relevance will be continued in his honor. The sequel is still in development and will most likely not release until 2023 at the earliest. Well, it looks like Ryan Coogler has some other plans for the franchise, as Deadline just reported that a new drama based on the Kingdom of Wakanda is now in development for Disney+. It is part of a larger deal that the director has made, where he will have a five-year exclusive contract with Disney Television. He gave the following statement regarding the deal and project:
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 seems that this untitled Wakanda series might just be the first of many projects he and his production company Proximity Media will be involved with. The director has seen quite the rise to stardom after his success with Fruitvale Station put him and Michael B. Jordan on the map. It will be interesting to see what other projects he is teasing, so perhaps supporting characters from the iconic series will get their time in the spotlight. There is no mentioning that he is only restricted to a specific IP, so we might see him involved in a variety of Disney+ series in the future. It seems Marvel Studios has some major plans moving forward.