For fans who marveled at the glory of Wakanda onscreen in Ryan Coogler's record-breaking Black Panther, well, it seems that plans are afoot for a ride revolving around the character's world at the ever-popular Disney theme parks.
Disney CEO Bob Iger mentioned the news to Wall Street analysts today while speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in New York. Iger started off by calling the film "an important moment in culture" and noting that fans usually line up for an hour to meet the Black Panther walkaround character at Disneyland. When reporters then asked if a ride was in the works, Iger indicated that it is indeed on the cards.
"No. We haven't had a chance to build a ride," he said. "Though I'm sure there are people who are working on it."
Iger's tease suggests Disney will be capitalizing on the film's momentum and universal acclaim, not just for being another amazing output from Marvel Studios, but for the socially relevant message about diversity it portrays.
Fans who are continuing to flock to Black Panther will definitely be up for such a ride after Coogler showed the fictional African nation in all its majesty -- a cultural hub and the most technologically advanced place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With a Star Wars-themed resort on the way, the success this movie is reaping may well see Disney fast-tracking it to provide fans fun access to the likes of the Vibranium mine, Shuri's lab or outdoor Wakanda.
In theaters now, director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan as N’Jadaka/Erik “Killmonger” Stevens, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Angela Bassett as Ramonda, Forest Whitaker as Zuri and Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)