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Black Panther series set to feature on Disney plus

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The Kingdom of Wakanda is staking out turf on the Disney+ streaming service.

A TV series set in the "Black Panther" kingdom will be developed as part of a five-year, exclusive television deal the Walt Disney Co. announced Monday with filmmaker Ryan Coogler's Proximity Media company.

Coogler wrote and directed 2018's "Black Panther," a box-office hit that turned Chadwick Boseman into a superstar. The actor died in August of cancer.

Coogler "brought a groundbreaking story and iconic characters to life in a real, meaningful and memorable way, creating a watershed cultural moment," Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger said in a statement. The company looks forward "to telling more great stories with Ryan and his team."

A time frame for the series wasn't immediately announced.

The Black Panther character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for Marvel Comics, which became part of Disney in 2009 when the media giant acquired Marvel Entertainment.

Other already announced shows include Moon Knight, She-Hulk, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Secret Invasion, Ironheart, Armor Wars, and I Am Groot, all of which are slated to arrive on Disney Plus in the coming years.

Coogler’s Wakanda series will mark the latest in an almost dizzying number of TV shows that are planned for Disney Plus.