The project was revealed on Monday, along with the announcement that Disney signed a five-year overall exclusive television deal with Proximity Media ― the production company run by Black Panther director and co-writer Ryan Coogler.
Under the agreement, Coogler will develop a Black Panther spinoff series for Disney+ based on the Kingdom of Wakanda. The deal also allows Proximity Media to create other projects for other divisions of Disney.
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” The Walt Disney Company executive chairman Bob Iger said in a statement. “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.”
For his part, Coogler said the entire Proximity Media team “couldn’t be happier” to be launching their television business with “Bob Iger, Dana Walden, and all the amazing studios under the Disney umbrella.” He added that they are “especially excited” to team up with “Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and their partners at Marvel Studios” where they will be working on select Marvel Cinematic Universe shows for Disney+.
Though the untitled Black Panther spinoff series is Proximity Media’s only project with Disney that has been announced so far, Coogler confirmed that they’re “already in the mix on some projects” that they can’t wait to share.
Though plot details about the Black Panther spinoff series are being kept under weaps, a lot of fans are already excited about it.
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Some fans, meanwhile, took to Twitter to share what they want to see in the new Disney+ series.
This series would be a good opportunity to show how the people close to T’challa responded and moved on with the death of their king and Black Panther. We could see Shuri undergo training to one day take on the mantle. Meanwhile that we could see M’baku and the Dora Milaje defend
— forgetfullotter (@forgetfullotter) February 2, 2021
Give Me These Characters of shuri, mbaku, okoye, in The Wakanda Series. pic.twitter.com/1i60CcEnXe
— Anthony S (@StraderZane) February 1, 2021
— Zande 🇨🇩 #BLM (@KingZairois) February 1, 2021
If anything, Ryan Coogler is gonna take some inspiration from the World of Wakanda run by Coates and expand the mythos. Stories from the different tribes, stuff like that. pic.twitter.com/Tw53uENK9B
— *Clever Name* (@cleverurl) February 1, 2021
While the news of a Black Panther spinoff series is a great opportunity to explore the Kingdom of Wakanda, some fans can’t help but feel sad, as the late actor Chadwick Boseman is no longer here to appear in the new show even for a cameo.
It hurts every time I think about there being a new black panther spinoff without Chadwick Boseman. Sigh pic.twitter.com/ptqDZ8LDHx
— Tony Goatmo 🐐 (@DallasSportsSZN) February 1, 2021
Pain knowing we won’t have Chadwick even for a random cameo 😢
— Madyira (@StandOut_gm) February 1, 2021
YES! This is a better outlet to tell the other stories of wakanda and deal w/ supporting characters. However, @MarvelStudios/@Kevfeige still need to reconsider recasting the character of T’Challa. Not for the mantle, but the character. #RecastTChallahttps://t.co/vkWrsGWT0C
— E-Man’s Movie Reviews – BLACK LIVES MATTER (Too) (@EmansReviews) February 1, 2021
E-Man, I agree with you 100%! I trust Coogler and Marvel to deliver the best possible BP movie and series, but I truly hope they reconsider their decision and recast another young up and coming Black actor to continue what Chadwick started!
— SaneMJfan (@sanemjfan) February 1, 2021
The Black Panther spinoff series won’t impact the production of Black Panther II, which is still slated for a July 8th 2020 theatrical release.