At this point, if you had a role in a Marvel Cinematic Universe and don’t have your own spin-off series or solo movie then you are probably calling your agent and wondering what the hell is going on. In this franchise, abounding with characters and storylines, there are new projects getting made seemingly every day. And the latest involves a Black Panther character who is now headed for her own Disney+ series. According to The Hollywood Reporter and now various other sources, Danai Gurira will have her Okoye in a standalone series on the streaming platform.
There are sparingly few details on this new series for Danai Gurira but apparently will involve an origin story for Okoye who has been one of the leaders of the Wakandan fighting forces and acted as a guard as well. The all-female group of fighters has established themselves as some of the most adept in the entire universe, using training along with advanced technology to powerful gains. She’s and her companions have been more than a welcome addition to the universe. Exploring the beginning stories for this character, along with the training involved to reach her current station is likely to be quite the series.
And Danai Gurira as Okoye didn’t just land in Black Panther and call it a day. She was featured in the plot arcs for both Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame as well. The parts were smaller in those, confined to part of the forces trying to first stop the attacks in Wakanda and then the final battle with Thanos. This new series is set to dive us even further into Wakanda than maybe ever before.
Before this new series though there’s plenty to sort out in the Black Panther franchise. The sequel to the massive hit first movie is currently in production though the plot and even the lead are mostly under wraps. In the wake of the tragic death of franchise star Chadwick Boseman, it’s been uncertain where the story would go now. The plan is for the sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to deal with T’Challa’s death and pick a new titular character. It’s been speculated this it will be Letitia Wright’s Shuri, but that has yet to be confirmed.
While we don’t know who takes up the Black Panther mantle, we do know who they will be fighting in this next film. It’s been rumored that Prince Namor will be the primary antagonist for the next film, and interesting considering he’s been a hero in some storylines in the comics. Like Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger, it could be a story that somewhat blurs the lines between good and evil.
The tentative release date for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is July 8th of next summer. The story should pick up sometime after the events of Infinity War and likely finds the titular country in a state of possible turmoil with the death of their King. It’s a tragic way for the story to have to unfold, though the Marvel Cinematic Universe is committed to keeping this story alive.