Disney Is Starting To Delay The Production Of New Marvel Shows

Disney appears to be delaying its planned Black Panther series for quite some time, hinting that more rumored titles won't come to fruition anytime soon.

By Douglas Helm | Published

Bad news for those looking forward to the spin-off Black Panther series, as producer Nate Moore recently said “that is probably not as far along as people want it to be,” when asked about it. As reported by Comicbook.com, the series would reportedly follow Danai Gurira’s Okoye, but it seems like things might be delayed for now. The potential series didn’t even show up on the recently announced Phase 5 and Phase 6 schedules, so it seems like there are no concrete plans for now.

Of course, the Black Panther series could fill one of the mystery slots in Marvel’s timeline, considering the two Avengers films and Fantastic Four are the only announced projects for Phase 6. However, that means we likely won’t see the spin-off show until at least Fall 2024, since that’s the first empty slot on the Phase 6 slate. If it is planned for one of the other empty slots, we could be waiting even longer.

It’s not too surprising that there isn’t much forward momentum for the Black Panther series, considering Nate Moore also said he and director Ryan Coogler were waiting to see how the Black Panther sequel performed before even confirming the third film in the series. If the Black Panther show is ever going to come to fruition, Marvel is likely going to want to see some big box office numbers for the upcoming Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. While the sequel will, unfortunately, be missing star Chadwick Boseman, it still seems like there is plenty of interest in Marvel’s next big blockbuster.

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If Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has a similar box office performance to its predecessor, we likely don’t have to worry about that Black Panther series getting the go-ahead. The first film was a smash hit, with director Ryan Coogler’s guidance being a big part of that. Coogler is already plenty busy, as he’s also a producer on Ironheart, so it makes sense he would want to gauge interest before committing to another project.

While we’re not sure if and when the Black Panther series will come out, we can definitely count on seeing Ironheart on Disney+ in 2023. Before getting her own solo series, Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams will get her MCU introduction in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The series is created by Chinaka Hodge and will also star Anthony Ramos.

For now, we’ll just have to wait and see if Marvel and Disney will give us more information on the Black Panther series, but until then we can look forward to Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will likely have big repercussions for the MCU at large, as not only will it be looking for Boseman’s successor to take on the Black Panther mantle, but it will also be introducing Namor, the long-anticipated king of Atlantis. This will be the last film for the MCU’s Phase 4 (not counting the Guardians holiday special).

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be hitting theaters on November 11. Ryan Coogler directs and co-writes the screenplay with Joe Robert Cole. The film stars Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke, Dominique Thorne, Florence Kasumba, Michaela Coel, Tenoch Huerta, Martin Freeman, and Angela Bassett.