Bob Iger spoke about the success of Black Panther today and noted that the popularity could result in a Disney parks ride. The movie has been out for barely over two weeks now and has already amassed over $700 million at the worldwide box office and could end up hitting the billion-dollar mark when all is said and done. Disney is currently working on a Marvel Universe portion of their parks and a Wakanda portion would prove to be massively popular at this time and might even be able to rival the Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout! Ride.
Bob Iger spoke at the investor conference with Wall Street analysts at Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in New York when he was asked if there have been talks about a Black Panther ride for the Disney parks. Iger responded, saying, "No. We haven't had a chance to build a ride, though I'm sure there are people who are working on it." So, no official discussions have taken place, but it seems like a no-brainer at this point since Black Panther has become a cultural phenomenon.
Bob Iger went on to talk about the worldwide success of Black Panther and the popularity of the character within the various Disney theme parks. Iger noted that there's currently a line of over an hour for park visitors to even meet and get their picture taken with the character. He went on to say, "I pretty much guarantee that this coming Halloween and even Christmas, you know you'll be seeing a lot of Black Panther merchandise." Iger is right and a theme park ride might just be the next piece of the puzzle.
It seems unlikely that Black Panther will get its own Wakanda area of the park, but a ride within the Marvel area of the park is a safe bet at this time and will go on to be if and when more movies come down the pipeline. We'll see T'Challa next in Infinity War and the still untitled Avengers 4. After that, there have been talks of a sequel, and much like a Disneyland ride for the character, a sequel seems inevitable at this point. Movies that break records like Black Panther has don't end up in the one and done category.
Disney has 11 billion-dollar franchises, so many that Bob Iger says, "we're competing with ourselves," and Black Panther should make the 12th. Disney does seem to be competing with itself especially in terms of all of the different properties that they own at this time. That aspect will be seen in full when the Mouse House starts its own streaming service and has all of their properties under one umbrella. But for now, Black Panther is approaching the billion-dollar mark as well as getting its own ride in the various Disney parks. You can read more of what Bob Iger had to say via The Hollywood Reporter.