With all of the roaring success of Black Panther—namely its whopping $700 million at the worldwide box office—it comes as no surprise that the film's cultural footprint is set to expand at lightning speed.
Disney CEO Bob Iger recently spoke at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference about the film's "important moment in culture," while alluding to the fact that a theme park ride could be on its way. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Iger told investors that there is currently a one-hour wait for the official meet to "meet the Black Panther walkaround character" at Disneyland. When asked if there would be a ride, he could only offer optimism. "We haven't had a chance to build a ride," the high-powered exec told a reporter. "Though I'm sure there are people who are working on it."
Even in the absence of a thrilling Black Panther ride, Iger seems confident based on Ryan Coogler's film eventually joining the company's list of billion-dollar franchises. "I pretty much guarantee that this coming Halloween and even Christmas, you know you'll be seeing a lot of Black Panther merchandise," he said. The movie's profits are expected to skyrocket even further once it's released in China and Japan, two of the world's biggest movie markets. There may not be a roller coaster yet, but Black Panther is on one helluva ride.