Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Danai Gurira “gently alludes” to a potential spinoff series for her Marvel Cinematic Universe character, Okoye.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever star Danai Gurira discussed her potential spinoff series starring her Marvel Cinematic Universe character, Okoye.
While appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Gurira was asked to confirm whether a spinoff centered around Okoye was on the horizon. “I have been told… that I can gently allude to this possibility,” she said. “So I am gently alluding.”
It was revealed in May 2021 that Gurira officially signed on to reprise her MCU role for the unnamed Black Panther spinoff series. In February of that year, it was announced that Wakanda Forever director Ryan Coogler would be developing a Black Panther series for Disney+, though it remains unclear if this is connected to the potential Okoye spinoff. The announcement came shortly after Coogler signed a five-year exclusive television deal with Proximity Media, which the director runs with Zinzi Coogler, Sev Ohanian, Ludwig Göransson, Archie Davis and Peter Nicks.
Black Panther May Recieve Okoye Spinoff Series
While Gurira can only “gently allude” to the spinoff project, Wakanda Forever producer Nate Moore provided fans with an update in November 2022, explaining that the series was “probably not as far along as people want it to be.” The producer attributed this to the “amount of time and attention” that went into both the Black Panther sequel and the upcoming Ironheart series for Disney+. He added that “there are certainly great ideas that we’re still talking to Ryan [Coogler] about. So, we’ll see how far we can get with it.”
Gurira has portrayed Okoye, the general of Wakanda’s all-female special forces known as the Dora Milaje, since 2018’s Black Panther. She reprised the role for Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and, most recently, Wakanda Forever. Wakanda Forever is a sequel to Black Panther, which starred the late Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther. The movie’s plot was restructured following Boseman’s death in 2020.
Wakanda Forever introduced Tenoch Huerta as the film’s villain, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart. It also marked Letitia Wright’s debut as the MCU’s new Black Panther. Wright has portrayed Shuri, the younger sister of Boseman’s King T’Challa/Black Panther, in the MCU since 2018. Other cast members who returned for Wakanda Forever were Winston Duke as M’Baku, and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross. The film also stars Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livanalli.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever arrives on Disney+ on Feb. 1.
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