With Ryan Coogler developing a Black Panther spinoff series for Disney+, it should enrich the nation’s global mission with the Agents of Wakanda.
With news that Ryan Coogler is developing a Black Panther spinoff series for Disney+, fans immediately began speculating as to what it could revolve around. The obvious choices are Nakia and her spy stories, as well as Okoye and the Dora Milaje. However, given how Wakanda has been exposed to the outside world and how it’s now become mainstream in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after helping defeat Thanos, the series should be a bit more expansive and focus on the Agents of Wakanda.
This team first appeared in 2018’s Avengers #10 and was King T’Challa’s response unit to crises all around. He wanted full control of something other than Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, so his squad included Doctor Nemesis, Fat Cobra, Ka-Zar, Roz Solomon, Mockingbird and Wasp. It was a diverse team from various disciplines and backgrounds that allowed him to oversee things without having to worry about it becoming corrupt like S.H.I.E.L.D. due to his hands-on approach in assembling and running the team.
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This series has a chance to shift the team to a Black gaze and truly make it an extension of T’Challa’s vision, further retreating the mantle of Black Panther into a symbol which many others can follow — akin to Batman and Batman Inc. With the untimely death of Chadwick Boseman and the movies likely to focus on Shuri, this is a chance to give bit-part players a bigger spot in the limelight. While Nakia and Okoye can figure in, the focus can be on supporting characters like M’Baku and W’Kabi. The latter is in search of redemption after siding with Killmonger, so this can help him reconnect with his wife, Okoye, and honor the king’s legacy.
As for M’Baku, he’s become a fan-favorite character, so having them become Wakanda’s version of the Falcon and Winter Soldier would be interesting. They both have brilliant tactical minds, and they can help explore other tribes besides the Jabari and the rhino-riding Border Tribe. This helps give viewers more of the African heritage of the franchise since the main movies will likely focus on the royal family and their interactions and relations outside Wakanda, especially in light of Avengers: Endgame.
The agents could also go on recruiting missions at home and across Africa, exploring things like the Djalia — the memory plane for the souls of their ancestors — and covering ground that’d be too much to pack into the Black Panther films. Once this happens, they can then navigate the outside world with members of the Dora Milaje, becoming Wakanda’s answer to things like S.W.O.R.D and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Given that General Ross and the World Security Council may also be evolving into something untrustworthy like S.H.I.E.L.D., Wakanda needs an organization of its own. It’s not just a council based on diplomacy, it’s also a team that takes action and ventures out to monitor threats, and they wouldn’t be compromised due to jurisdictions or the power-lust of others.
A show about the Agents of Wakanda would help dive deeper into the nation’s culture, as well as the personalities of notable side characters, over several episode since films explore these things in less depth. More so, they can follow the comics where the agents deal with Namor, the Atlanteans, Frost Giants, Elves and even vampires, which will better integrate the country into the MCU’s Phase Four, which remains mysterious.
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