Ryan Coogler never lets us down.
The Black Panther director recently revealed the importance of the women of Wakanda and hinted he may have an all-female spin-off on the way during a talk at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday.
When asked by moderator, Elvis Mitchell, if the female characters in Black Panther were as important as the men, he made quite the statement.
“I think you could argue they are more important,” he said. “There’s a whole section of the film where T’Challa is out of the movie and you’re just following the women…That’s one of my favorite parts of the movie when I watched it, and I didn’t expect that.”
Even Coogler seemed to be blown away by the powerful depictions of the women of Wakanda in the blockbuster film.
“That part of the movie you feel like you’re watching something fresh and new. That part of it was exciting. We have these actresses who could easily carry their own movie,” he said, referring to Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Letitia Wright. “Some of them have before. We were so fortunate. I would watch a movie with them!”
When asked if he would consider creating a spin-off featuring those characters, he didn’t hesitate.
“Oh man…that would be amazing if the opportunity came up. They did it in the comic-book version,” he said.
Ryan Coogler aslo explained how his trip to Africa inspired his approach to creating his version of Wakanda.
“I was in these Disney-approved hotels…It felt like I was in San Francisco or something. The people who were working there seemed like my kind of people — people loading bags, the bellmen, the people working in the kitchen,” he explained.
“We wanted the film to be an African film in all ways. Wakanda is what we could be. People call it a utopia. Some people call it a dream world or something to shoot for. The idea in Wakanda is everybody is allowed to have their fullest potential realized.”