The world of Wakanda will not only be imagined once again in the pending “Black Panther” sequel, but also a newly announced series under the guidance of director Ryan Coogler.
“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,” said Bob Iger, executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company.
The series is part of a five-year television deal Coogler’s multimedia company Proximity Media struck with Disney. Along with bringing Wakanda to life for Disney+ viewers, Coogler is expected to begin directing the “Black Panther” sequel this year.
“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company. Working with them on Black Panther was a dream come true,” Coogler said.
Following the passing of “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman in August 2020 to a four-year long battle with colon cancer, heartbroken fans questioned the future of the Black Panther legacy. Having witnessed the life Boseman brought to the role, many, including Marvel Studios, felt it was best to not recast the role for future projects.
“I want to acknowledge the devastating loss of a dear friend and a member of our Marvel Studios family. Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and inspirational individual who affected all of our lives both personally and professionally,” said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige in December. “His portrayal of T’Challa, the Black Panther, is iconic, and transcends any iteration of the character from any other medium in Marvel’s past. It is for that reason that we will not recast the character.”
Fans of the film, which grossed more than $1.3 billion, are excited to further explore the legacy of Wakanda as a television series, but also still grappling with the loss of Boseman.
“I know it’s sad, I know I wish he were here. But, something tells me Chadwick is looking down with joy at the fruit his (and other’s) work has bared.”
“I’m so excited about the prospect of exploring more of Wakanda in a series, but I still feel a pang every time I realize Chadwick won’t be a part of it.”
“It won’t be the same without Chadwick Boseman. I hope the new series can survive his absence, because I think it’s very important for ALL people to see Black heroes.”