Marvel sets sights on Black Panther spinoff series

Angelo Anderson
July 18, 2018

Okorafor previously wrote Black Panther: Long Live the King and is now penning an intriguing series that started last month with Amazing Spider-Man: Wakanda Forever #1 and will next jump to X-Men: Wakanda Forever #1, reportedly concluding with Avengers: Wakanda Forever #1. Clearly sensing the character's growing popularity, then, Marvel has commissioned a limited solo series for her that follows the timeline set up in Ta-Nehisi Coates' digital comic Black Panther: Long Live the King.

It debuts in October and will be written by author Nnedi Okorafor and artwork by Leonardo Romero.

Ms Okorafor explained in an email to Bustle that she loved the character for her ambition and being a young African woman of "genius level intelligence who is obsessed with technology and has travelled spiritually so far into the past that she's seen Wakanda before it was Wakanda". "Alllll that and more", Okorafor shares with Bustle. But if any player was the true break-out hit of Ryan Coogler's film it was Letitia Wright's Shuri - T'Challa's super-smart Q-like younger sister who kitted her big brother out with fancy gadgets, while poking fun at him at every opportunity.

Move over, T'Challa, there's a new superhero in Wakanda! The Ancestors call her Ancient Future.


Does a spinoff comic book series mean that a spinoff movie could be in Shuri's future? "She'd rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them", reads Marvel's description of the book. She is already working for Marvel on its "Wakanda Forever" series, which focuses on the Dora Milaje, the all-female special forces unit in the fictional nation.

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So it's no surprise to learn that Marvel is devoting an entirely new comics series to the genius mind behind vibranium's many uses.

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