Ryan Coogler’s Proximity Media Is Coming to Wakanda
Disney+ is getting a new streaming show about Wakanda from the writer and director of Black Panther, Ryan Coogler.
The Marvel Studios Wakanda series is part of a five-year exclusive television deal with Coogler’s production company, Proximity Media. Rounding out the principles are Archie Davis, Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Peter Nicks, and Ludwig Göransson. Mando fans, you may recognize Göransson’s name from The Mandalorian credits, a gig he landed thanks to the Black Panther director’s recommendation.
Ryan Coogler Comes to Disney+
Coogler will develop the series about the Kingdom of Wakanda as his first project under the new deal, Deadline reports. Marvel will create the series alongside Black Panther 2, the upcoming sequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s record-breaking film, currently set for release on July 8th, 2022.
“Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation,” said Bob Iger, Executive Chairman, The Walt Disney Company. “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.”
The deal with Proximity Media allows the company to create shows for the Disney’s other divisions. And it seems like the director is excited about what’s next. In a statement to Deadline, Coogler said:
It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company. Working with them on Black Panther was a dream come true. We are especially excited to take our first leap with Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and their partners at Marvel Studios. We will be working closely with them on select MCU shows for Disney+.
What’s Next for the Kingdom of Wakanda?
At this juncture, little is known about the forthcoming series about the Kingdom of Wakanda. However, Avery Kaplan at Comics Beat speculates that the series may pull from Marvel Comics’ Black Panther: World of Wakanda, the 2016 comic by Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Alitha E. Martinez, Afua Richardson, Rachelle Rosenberg, Tamra Bonvillain and Joe Sabino – which spun out of the superb Black Panther run by Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Laura Martin, and Sabino.
Does this mean fans will finally see a love story between members of the Dora Milaje? As a person with hyperphantasia, some of those panels are permanently burned into my mind’s eye, and they would be beautiful on the screen. What do you think? Let MarvelBlog know in the comments below.