When Kevin Feige said a while back that you’d need a Disney Plus subscription to keep fully up to date with the latest happenings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he might have been underselling it a little bit. Since first announcing his plans for the world’s most popular franchise to expand onto television, no less than fourteen small screen exclusives have been confirmed, and there are probably even more in the earliest stages of development behind the scenes.
Ryan Coogler is the latest to throw his hat into the ring, with the Black Panther director working on a Kingdom of Wakanda spinoff for the Mouse House’s streaming service as part of a five-year deal that his Proximity Media company signed with Disney. And as one of the most culturally and commercially successful blockbusters of the modern era with a built-in mythology that’s barely been explored in live-action, you can understand why the news has gone down a storm with fans.
After all, not many Best Picture nominees receive their own spinoff TV shows, and as you can see from the reactions below, MCU supporters are over the moon at the prospect of getting to spend a whole lot more time in the fictional African nation.
Great way to begin Black History Month. You know the timing of this Disney/Marvel announcement is no coincidence. Wakanda Forever! https://t.co/03bTgh5jns
— MartinReese 👽 The Sci-Fi Guy™ (@MartinReese) 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
— leaddessert.bluesky.social (@cleverurl) February 1, 2021
Give Me These Characters of shuri, mbaku, okoye, in The Wakanda Series. pic.twitter.com/1i60CcEnXe
— Anthony S (@StraderZane) February 1, 2021
1 this is awesome. after the first Black Panther, the ground level of Wakanda seemed like a really cool place to explore
2 it really is tough to see all of this coming without Chadwick https://t.co/papClKSygw
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) February 1, 2021
Okay but a Wakanda series is actually a perfect idea. This corner of the MCU is always gonna miss Chadwick greatly, but taking the time to develop the rich characters and culture in hours of TV will make someone else taking up the Panther mantle feel less disjointed. https://t.co/DZo40Lz3g7
— Just Wes (@SskeerMadness) February 1, 2021
So we got WandaVision, Falcon & Winter Soldier, Loki, Hawkeye, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, Secret Invasion, Armor Wars, Iron Heart, and now a Wakanda Disney+ series in development. pic.twitter.com/vLZ9BNg1bH
— alex (@realAlexAJ) February 1, 2021
Having only been confirmed yesterday, there’s obviously not a lot of information available on Kingdom of Wakanda, although an educated guess would indicate that it won’t go into production until either after Black Panther 2 has finished shooting or hit the big screen in July 2022. Before that happens, though, there’s still plenty of MCU content on the way to Disney Plus as the long-running superhero series continues to reassert itself as the biggest game in town.