Black Panther is enjoying its second number one weekend at the box office and still breaking records. Now that Wakanda is in the public consciousness, fans want to know more about the fictional African country and its precious Vibranium. A petition has been started to try and persuade Marvel to develop a Netflix series that chronicles the beginnings of Wakanda and how it became the most technologically advanced country in the world. As far as petitions go, this is the most positive comic book movie related petition to be released in recent memory.
Black Panther fan Eric Hamilton started the Bring Wakanda Series to Netflix petition late last week with a goal of 5,000 signatures in an effort to get the attention of Marvel Studios. As of this writing, the petition has over 3,400 signatures and will surely exceed its goal in no time. The idea is pretty solid, and one can imagine that Marvel has already thought about this type of project. Hamilton had this to say about his petition.
"Telling the back story of Wakanda would be a game changer. How did Wakanda become the most technologically advanced country on Earth? From the technology to the artistry coupled with the rich African traditions, the fans demand more. The Black Panther fan base would love to see a Wakanda Series on Netflix. This series would expand the depth of the Marvel universe and we feel Marvel/Disney would enjoy creating and adapting these stories as much as we would love watching them."
In the Black Panther movie as well as the comics, Wakanda is a futuristic African nation with the world's most advanced technology. European powers never colonized Wakanda, so it remained wealthy thanks to its large Vibranium resource, which was first deposited on Earth by a meteorite 10,000 years ago. Vibranium found in Wakanda absorbs sound waves and other vibrations, including kinetic energy. Absorbing sound waves, vibrations, and kinetic energy makes this metal stronger. To protect this precious resource, Wakandans concealed their country from the outside world.
The Wakandan society remains near-perfect because it has been kept a secret from the greed and cruelty of the "colonizers," or people from the West. A Netflix series delving into the history of Wakanda and Vibranium would more than likely be a huge hit for Marvel and the streaming giant, who already have a great track record with the studio. Let's hope that this petition gets a little bigger and attracts the attention of Marvel and Netflix. Though, Eric Hamilton may have better luck if he petitioned for the show on Disney's new streaming channel, as it doesn't look like Netflix will be producing any new Marvel related series past what they currently have with their Hell's Kitchen Avengers series, as all new projects go to the Mouse House's own streaming platform.
While we wait to see if the history of Wakanda series gets made for Netflix, Black Panther is only in its second week at the box office and maintaining its massive popularity. A portion of the success has been by word-of-mouth and getting moviegoers into theaters who wouldn't normally go see a superhero movie. Some claim that Black Panther stands on its own, while many concede that it's the best of the Marvel movies to be released so far, which is a pretty impressive feat. You can check out Eric Hamilton's Wakanda petition and sign it via Change.org.