Wakanda TV Series Coming Soon to Disney Plus

Black Panther

LOS ANGELES - JAN 29: Michael B. Jordan arrives for the 'Black Panther' World Premiere on January 29, 2018 in Hollywood, CA (DFree / Shutterstock.com)

Disney is working on a Wakanda TV series at Disney Plus under Ryan Coogler’s new television deal.

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A new TV series set in Wakanda is currently in development at Disney Plus. The new series is part of a new multi-year partnership TV deal with Ryan Cooler and his Proximity Media, which will potentially include other TV projects in the future. 

Cooler, who previously directed and co-wrote the Marvel film Black Panther, is working on the movie’s sequel.

The deal will give Proximity to curate other shows for different divisions of Walt Disney Company. 

“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” said Bob Iger, executive chairman of  The Walt Disney Company. “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.”

If Disney Plus decides to pick up the Wakanda show, it will be the latest show within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to head to the streaming platform. Disney has launched its first TV series WandaVision, and other shows coming soon including Falcon and Winter Soldier, Ironheart, and Loki. Disney Plus is also working on Hawkeye, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and Ms. Marvel TV shows.

“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company,” Coogler said. “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.”

Black Panther was a hit movie for Disney and Marvel, the production earned nearly $1.35 billion worldwide.

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About Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler
LOS ANGELES – FEB 26: Ryan Coogler and Zinzi Evans arrives for the “A Wrinkle In Time” World Premiere on February 26, 2018 in Hollywood, CA (DFree / Shutterstock.com)

Born on May 23, 1986, Ryan Cooler is a director, producer and screenwriter. His first feature film, Fruitvale Station, won the top audience and grand jury awards in the United States at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Since then, he has co-written and directed the seventh film in the Rocky franchise, Creed, and the Marvel film Black Panther, which became the highest-grossing film of all time by an African American director. 

Coogler’s movies are hits at the box office. In 2013, he was included on Time’s list of the 30 people under 30 people who are changing the world. The director frequently collaborates with actor Michael B. Jordan, who has appeared in all of his feature films, as well as composer Ludwig Grandson, who has also scored all of his projects. In 2018, he was named the runner-up of Time’s Person of the year. 

This news comes after reports Marvel is developing a Black Panther spinoff with Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger. According to reports, Marvel Studios is planning on doing more villain movies, and one idea being discussed right now traces the journey of Erik Stevens from a grieving young man to a supervillain. The plan is to do a movie, but there is a possibility the storyline can become a Disney+ show instead.

This is just a great example of how Marvel is focused on creating more multidimensional characters. Michael B. Jordan is frequently congratulated as the best villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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