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A new ‘Black Panther’ series is coming to Disney+

Walt Disney Company has signed a deal with Ryan Coolger for more ‘Black Panther’ stories

Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in “Black Panther.” Walt Disney Company has signed a deal with Ryan Coolger for more ‘Black Panther’ stories.
Black Panther/T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in “Black Panther.” Walt Disney Company has signed a deal with Ryan Coolger for more ‘Black Panther’ stories.
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The Walt Disney Company has signed a new deal with “Black Panther” director and co-writer Ryan Coogler and his Proximity Media company, and it means more Marvel content is on the way.

What’s going on?

Deadline reports the deal with Disney and Coogler includes the “Black Panther” sequel that begins filming later this year. And it will include a new studio show set in the Kingdom of Wakanda.

Bob Iger, executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement:

“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” “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.”

Coogler celebrated the move in a statement as well, per Deadline.

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

Reaction

As you might expect, social media went wild with celebration for the idea that a “Black Panther” television series was on the way.

‘Black Panther 2’ on the way

The original “Black Panther” was one of the highest-grossing films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, earning more than $700 million. It earned $1.3 billion worldwide.

  • “Black Panther” starred Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett, Winston Duke, Forest Whitaker and Sterling K. Brown.

Marvel announced back in August 2019 that “Black Panther” would be getting a sequel film in 2022, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

  • Boseman tragically passed away in 2020. Questions were raised about the sequel. In September 2020, multiple reports suggested the Disney remained unsure how to proceed with the film in the wake of Boseman’s passing, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

However, per BBC News, Marvel boss Kevin Feige said in December 2020 that Boseman’s performance was “iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past.”

  • “And it’s for that reason that we will not recast the character,” he said.