As Black Panther: Wakanda Forever brings the MCU back to Wakanda, the Disney+ series exploring the realm has received some unfortunate news.
Disney+ has allowed the MCU to expand in new ways with sequels and spin-offs to its most popular franchises, and it will soon do the same for Black Panther. Director Ryan Coogler will be at the helm of a streaming series that dives headfirst into the Kingdom of Wakanda and its people.
Marvel Studios is also reportedly working on a Wakandan spin-off starring Danai Gurira’s Dora Milaje leader Okoye, detailing her origin story. So far, there has been no word on whether these two Black panther-inspired projects are the same or separate endeavors for Disney+.
Although both of these series were first revealed some time ago, there has been little news about what happens to them as Coogler has focused on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Ironheart. But finally, fans have some news about the status of at least one of them, and unfortunately, it’s not promising.
Unfortunate news for Disney+’s Wakanda series
Speaking to Collider, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Producer Nate Moore offered an update on the development of Ryan Coogler’s Wakanda spin-off series for Disney+ that was first revealed in February 2021.
Unfortunately, the Marvel Studios producer had only discouraging words to offer when he revealed the work on Black Panther 2 and Ironheart have meant that the project is “not as far as people want it to be,” although there are some “good ideas:”
Because of the amount of time and attention that went into this movie, and frankly the Ironheart show, it’s probably not as far along as people want it to be, but there are certainly great ideas that we’re still talking to Ryan about. So we’ll see how far we can go with it.
Several also touched on the status of Ironheart — which Coogler will produce — and noted that production will end on the Disney+ series any time now:
“It’s almost complete. I think they might be on their penultimate day, if I’m not mistaken.”
When is the Wakanda Disney+ series coming out?
Black Panther fans will undoubtedly be saddened to discover that the illusory Wakanda franchise doesn’t seem to have made any real progress since its reveal. Based on Nate Moore’s comments, the project is still being heavily conceptualized due to Ryan Coogler’s understandable focus on Black Panther 2 and Ironheart.
With that understanding in mind, fans are likely still years away from seeing Wakanda come to Disney+. If the series even manages to make it into the Multiverse Saga, it almost certainly won’t be until late in Phase 6, but the chances are far greater that it will end up falling in Phase 7 and the next saga.
Although there’s a chance the Wakandan project could end up being pushed forward as Coogler has been suggested as a candidate to tackle Avengers: Secret Wars. Granted, the director has noted that the opportunity is not currently on his mind, but he could be offered the job Wakanda forever is as wonderful as the reviews suggest.
Anyway, progress should accelerate in the series soon as Black Panther 2 is about to be out in nature and Ironheart ends the filming. As Coogler begins to piece together exactly what this project will be, fans should gradually learn more about the cast, crew and story involved.
Meanwhile, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever coming to cinemas on Friday 11 November.