WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Marvel’s Black Panther, in theaters now.
The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Wakandan. Thanks to meeting his previously unknown cousin Erik Killmonger and sympathizing with his ideology, T’Challa decides to break from centuries of tradition in Black Panther by revealing the African nation’s secrets to the world. That part was always going to happen, given that it occurs in the comics.
What’s more surprising, however, is what T’Challa does shortly before his announcement at the United Nations: Taking his sister Shuri with him to Oakland, California, the new king proudly declares that he bought a trio of buildings that also happened to be where Erik and his father N’Jobu lived in the 1990s. With the property now his, T’Challa plans to turn them into an outreach center, where those of African descent are free to learn more about Wakanda. To make sure everything goes smoothly, he hires two of the best women he knows to oversee the operation: esteemed spy Nakia, and Shuri, a technological prodigy and the smartest person in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Earth is soon going to be preoccupied with a threat from Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, but the existence of the Wakandan Outreach Center opens up plenty of possibilities. Now that the world realizes Wakanda isn’t a Third World country but instead light years ahead of the rest of the globe, everyone will want to visit that outreach center and see what all the fuss is about. That’s more than enough of a springboard for a television series focused on a group of kids at the center learning all about Wakanda.
Here’s the thing: Everyone loves Wakanda. The hype for Black Panther was palpable from the first trailer, and all eyes were on a movie that promised an African nation that thrived without white interference. Seeing Afrofuturism on screen was always going to be a big deal, but the movie goes above and beyond in providing a sense of awe and wonder of Wakanda. Not just in the regular sense of moviegoers seeing a new world for the first time, but in the eyes of the characters as well; T’Challa himself says that returning home and seeing it in its resplendent glory is a feeling that never truly goes away. Nowhere is this more apparent than when the Oakland kids gawk as T’Challa and Shuri’s Wakandan aircraft touches down. That sense of wonder is something fans deserves to see on a weekly basis.
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