Okoye Black Panther 2 Spinoff Reportedly Happening At Marvel

Marvel Studios is reportedly moving forward with a Black Panther: Wakanda Forever spin-off series centered on Danai Gurira's Okoye. The Dora Milaje General made her cinematic debut in Ryan Coogler's Oscar-winning 2018 Marvel Cinematic Universe as a close ally to Chadwick Boseman's titular hero and the wife of Daniel Kaluuya's W'Kabi. Gurira would reprise the role in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame as well as the animated Disney+ series What If...?.

Gurira is currently filming her latest performance as the character in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, returning alongside co-stars Lupita Nyong'o, Martin Freeman, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett. Development on the MCU sequel was initially hampered by the loss of Boseman to colon cancer, with plot details now being kept under wraps for the film. While production is expected to last until late November, word may have already broken about Gurira's future in the MCU.

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As Marvel gears up for the arrival of Eternals, a new report from The GWW claims that the studio is moving forward on four new projects with aims to begin filming on them all in 2023. One of the projects reportedly greenlit by Marvel is a spin-off series centered on Gurira's Okoye at Disney+, though states it to be a "likely streaming series." No further details were given on the potential project, nor has Marvel confirmed or denied the report.

The report of Gurira returning to lead a spin-off series may not come as much of a surprise to some as The Walking Dead alum had previously signed a new deal with Marvel in May to return not only for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever but also in the series. Details on the show have been largely sparse since it was first announced earlier this year, save for Ryan Coogler set to develop and produce the Disney+ series that would solely be set in the Kingdom of Wakanda. While Marvel has yet to confirm a 2023 production cycle for the project, it would line up with the studio's Phase 4 MCU plans, namely following the Dora Milaje returning in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. 

In addition to an Okoye-led Black Panther: Wakanda Forever spin-off, Marvel is currently at work developing an Ironheart series revolving around Riri Williams. Dominique Thorne is attached to lead the Disney+ show and make her MCU debut as the character in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever while Snowpiercer's Chinaka Hodge is currently at work as the lead writer for the streaming title. Only time will tell what the future holds for Gurira's fan-favorite character when she returns to the big screen on November 11, 2022.

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Source: The GWW



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