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Your ultimate guide to what should happen next in ‘Black Panther’


If you can dream it…
Image: marvel studios, vicky leta (illustrator)

Excited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we’re rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week. 

The overwhelming feeling most experienced after leaving Black Panther was: we want more. Now. None of us wanted to ever leave Wakanda — and we never have to in our imaginations.

Because luckily, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has already hinted at the “many, many stories to tell” from the comics in upcoming Black Panther films, and that he “absolutely” wants director Ryan Coogler to return again. 

That’s our queue, internet: LET THE FEVER DREAMS BEGIN.

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of demands the best ideas for future Black Panther spin offs, crossovers, standalones, prequels, sequels, and alternate universe expansions. Some are more feasible (AKA remotely in the realm of possibility) than others. But all would be fun, fruitful ways to expand the world, and truly make Wakanda last forever.

So here it is, Marvel. And don’t worry, you can just thank us later.

A Killmonger Prequel

Young Killmonger’s voice is the first we hear in Black Panther, asking his father N’Jobu about the place  they come from. Part of us wishes we could’ve stayed there with them, following their journey instead. 

The story of “a kid from Oakland walking around and believing in fairytales” is one that would allow the franchise to further explore the experiences of the “forgotten children of Wakanda,” as writer Brooke Obie put it.

Just imagine: a spiritual successor to Fruitvale(Coogler and Michael B. Jordan’s first film together) that’s actually a Black Panther prequel. 

Just take all our money now. Because it’d even help answer all the lingering questions we had about Erik’s mother: the woman who somehow radicalized N’Jobu when they fell in love, showing him such a harsh reality that he betray his own family and people in an attempt to help the underserved black communities created from the African Diaspora.

And speaking of Killmonger’s mom… 

The Revenge of Mama Killmonger

So, in the comics, Nakia is quite different. And we’ll be straight with you: the Nakia in Christopher Priest’s run of the comics is #problematic. She becomes so disturbingly obsessed with T’Challa as his teen bride-in-training that she plots to kill his American girlfriend, eventually killing her, getting banished, and then transforming into the super villain Malice to fight alongside Killmonger.

But yeah, we just don’t see Lupita’s Nakia going down that dark path.

So Keep It’s Ira Madison proposes a repurposing of this character for a stellar Black Panther 2 setup: a Malice who is hellbent on killing T’Challa as vengeance for the death of her son, Killmonger.

ARE YOU TAKING NOTES YET, MARVEL?!

Wakanda x Project Runway x NYFW

We already saw the styles that came to slay for the movie’s theatrical release. So let’s just make it official, get Tim Gunn on the phone, and at the very least get more African-centric fashions and designers at next years New York Fashion week, pretty please.

Or do you need more inspiration than all of the incredible looks from the cast on the purple carpet?

Someone get Lupita her own fashion line already

Image: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Wakanda: A Documentary 

“Wakanda isn’t real!” screech the trolls, as they visciously debate the finer details of how DC’s alternate universe timelines matches up with the main canon’s timeline.

We know. It isn’t real. We don’t care. We want a Wakanda documentary yesterday, and everyone from regular theatergoers to Code Switch’s Gene Demby echoed the sentiment on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. Demby, like others, felt that the most disappointing aspect Black Panther was that we didn’t actually get a lot of time to get to know Wakanda itself, with its people and culture acting only as backdrop.

Well, consider us extremely ready for the Netflix spinoff series that dives into the depths of Wakandan history, society, and the everyday experiences of their citizens.

A Black Panther x Luke Cage Crossover

Granted, not all black Marvel superheroes need to team up. Luke Cage’s story is squarely centered in Brooklyn, which is pretty far from either Wakanda or Oakland. But it’d be another and different angle into exploring more of Black Panther‘s themes on the relationship between Africa and African-Americans.

Ryan Coogler even briefly said the possibility of them meeting would be “awesome,” but cautioned that he doesn’t really have control over how those things go. But, in terms of licensing, this one’s totally possible somewhere down the line.

Just M’Baku Porn

We’re extremely here for it — and that’s all you need to know.

Okoye Dumps W’Kabi for Ayo

As much as we love Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya, W’Kabi was one of the weakest and least developed characters in the bunch. He a little too eager to turn on his supposed best friend and king when Killmonger shows up, and then has the nerve to go against the wishes of his lover, the gorgeous Dora Milaje General Okoye.

Boy, bye.

There were reports of a flirtatious scene between Okoye and her Dora soldier Ayo from those who saw early cuts of the film. Later, Ayo actress Florence Kasumba and co-writer Joe Robert Cole both confirmed that scenes around their love story were cut from the final movie. 

That’s a shame in so many ways, because the excellent recent entries to the comic book, from Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther and Roxane Gay’s World of Wakanda series, both include lesbian characters. 

Also, after Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie character had her bisexuality cut from Thor: Ragnarok, we’re pretty tired of this pattern. As such a milestone in representation for the MCU in other ways, though, Black Panther is poised to push this boundary next time. We hope they take up the opportunity.

It’s also the perfect avenue for establishing more about Wakanda’s sexual culture in the film canon.

Valkyrie x Dora Milaje x Amazons Team Up, Please

We know, we know. This one will never happen — at least not as long as a DC crop of characters is tacked on. But please suspend your disbelief for a moment and just imagine how these girls would run the fucking world.

All three of these all-female elite fighting forces originate, in some way or another, as super soldiers meant to protect humanity from the world’s evils. In these dark times, we need them more than ever.

Realistically speaking, we very well could see the Dora meet at least one Valkyrie in Infinity War, since Thor actress Tessa Thompson and Okoye’s Danai Gurira are both signed on to appear in it.

The Nakia, T’Challa, and Storm Love Triangle

This is one of the biggest watershed moments of the Avengers: Infinity War comic book plotlines. In the midst of the civil war infighting, everyone lays down their weapons for one day to celebrate the joyous occasion of a superhero king wedding a weather goddess mutant.

That’s right: Black Panther and Storm from X-Men get busy. And we can’t imagine Nakia will take kindly to that.

And let’s not forget, Disney now owns the rights to both the Marvel characters and Fox’s X-Men. So someone get Halle Berry on the phone STAT to clear her schedule. 

Spiderman’s Kraven as the Next Villain

Talk of a sequels inevitably leads to speculation over the next big bad. We’re not sure how Black Panther or really any Marvel movie will top Erik Killmonger

But Ryan Coogler himself told Complex that he has a great Black Panther story to tell based off of a scene between T’Challa and well-known Spiderman super villain Kraven from the Christopher Priest run of the comics.

In terms of actually seeing that, though, we imagine Coogler would run into the same copyright issues that kept him from including Kraven in the first one. But maybe Black Panther 3?

The Comedy Sketch Where Killmonger is T’Challa’s Anger Translator 

T’Challa has had the privilege of mostly getting to avoid the bullshit black people face in their daily interactions with white people and society. That’s all about to change now that he’s starting the Wakandan outreach programs.

We have no doubt the king will keep his calm and composure, no matter what awful social slights he faces in his expeditions into culture of colonizers. So can we suggest the services that Key & Peele proposed to President Obama as a coping method.

At the very least, we could get a Key & Peele reunion, even if Marvel doesn’t want to anything to do with it.

Every 👏Female 👏Character 👏Gets👏Her👏Own👏Movie

Let’s stop pretending: Black Panther might’ve center around king T’Challa, but the true stars of the film were the women around him (which is a credit to both Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler). Aside from each actresses’ incredible performance, the movie makes clear that the women of Wakanda are the ones making decisions on all matters military, morality, and technology in their society.

So it’s not wonder why Marvel would already be asking fans who they’d want to see star in her own spinoff the most.

But it could be any one of these, Marvel, and we’d die happy! No, seriously. We’re shook at the idea of even having to choose between either a Shuri as Queen of Wakanda/Black Panther sequel or a Dora Milaje history and training docu-series.

BOTH. ALL OF THEM. FOUR MORE YEARS. WE ARE NOT COMPROMISING.

Shuri in Her Own Animated Disney Princess Series or Graphic Novels

Technically, Shuri is now an official Disney Princes! She’s not only the raddest addition to the club, but also represents an amazing role model for young black girls everywhere who rarely see themselves reflected in either the comic book or the Disney Princess pantheon. 

Plus, Shuri’s a 16-year-old woman of color in STEM who makes Tony Stark’s toys look like child’s play. I mean, the thing writes itself.

So don’t make us ask twice.

Oh and I Guess Bucky is White Wolf — or Whatever?

If the after credit scene is to be believed, we’ll be seeing the return of our Winter Soldier. But tbh we’re not sure we really care about all that yet, when you consider all the other, way more interesting options listed above.

BONUS: THE WINTER RHINO

OK but we’re super down to forget all about the Winter Soldier, and replace his story with a live-stream of some of the war rhinos just hanging out and being Very Good Boys.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/02/22/black-panther-best-favorite-plots-future-sequel-spinoff/

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