With Black Panther: Wakanda Forever now imminent in theatres, all eyes are on it to see if it can repeat the feat of the first movie in becoming something of a social and cultural event. Disney and Marvel Studios better hope the answer to that is a “yes” as they have a lot of plans riding on this.
Director Ryan Coogler has been working with the studio to develop several Black Panther spin-offs for the Disney+ service. We knew about the plans for a series focusing on the Dora Milaje – the Wakandan Secret Police – that would see Danai Gurira’s Okoye in the lead. However, that is not all. In an interview with Variety, producer Nate Moore has revealed plans are much bigger than a single series:
“This world is expansive, and there are so many great characters. Beyond what happens with this film, there are more opportunities to go back to Wakanda.”
Moore says some shows could feature established characters we know from Black Panther but that others would be based on entirely new Wakandans.
With over $1 billion in the bank and a Best Picture Oscar nomination, the first movie set a high bar. We will know after the weekend if Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is showing the same direction of travel, therefore almost guaranteeing these shows spring into existence.
A third movie in the franchise is almost guaranteed though. However Coogler told Variety that it may not be his next movie. He also definitively show down rumors that he is going to be directing Avengers: Secret Wars for Marvel Studios. Boss Kevin Feige confirmed no discussions have taken place:
“Well, I would want Ryan to do anything at any time because he’s a singular talent and a great person to spend years with. But no, in all honesty, there’ve been no conversations. We’ve not spoken to him about ‘Secret Wars.’”