You won’t need to pack your bags or vibranium jacket to visit Wakanda soon. According to Deadline, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler has made a 5-year television deal with Disney. His first scheduled project will be a drama set in Wakanda that will be featured on Disney+. Given the number of characters that we have been introduced to so far, there are few places where the show could go.
After the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, it was unclear how or when we would see more stories based in Wakanda. But when Disney executives confirmed they wouldn’t recast the role of T’Challa, they reemphasized that there are many stories they can tell within the Afro and African-futuristic setting. And fortunately, they have a few characters they could focus on.
The series could follow Shuri, the technological genius that designed a great deal of Black Panther tech. She could run into trouble while introducing a world-saving invention, or have a potentially dangerous idea stolen from her. We could also follow the adventures of Okoye and the Dora Milaje. Given that their leader has plenty of experience being a lead on a TV show (from Danai Gurira’s days on The Walking Dead), the series would already have a strong foundation.
There is also the possibility of exploring M’Baku and his Jabari tribe as they find their place among the tribes and in the world. Winston Duke certainly has the charisma to lead a series on his own. And yet another great option on the table is building a series around Nakia. She was already going on undercover missions in 2018’s Black Panther. A series could follow her going on more adventures around the world at the behest of Wakanda.
Of course, Ryan Coogler could choose to focus on entirely new characters, or make the series a prequel. But wherever he takes the world of Wakanda next, he’ll have a world of fans that can’t wait to see this legendary country brought to life again.