Black Panther spin-off: Director Ryan Coogler would love to make a sequel featuring the women of Wakanda
Black Panther features iconic performances by Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett
If there's one thing cinema lovers will unanimously agree on, it's the raging impact that the Black Panther movie has managed to create worldwide. Forget Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther was the cinematic masterpiece that broke all records in terms of expectations and representation – portraying the rich cultural heritage of a race that had only been stereotyped so far.
If that wasn't enough, the movie also exceeded expectations in terms of its representation of women too: showcasing powerful female characters with wit, sass and boldness which is infectious in all the right ways.
On Thursday, when asked about the possibility of a Black Panther spinoff at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, the director of the film, Ryan Coogler, said that he would love to create a spinoff that focuses on the women of Wakanda, a fictional Sub-Saharan African nation from the film.
The fans of the film have come to worship the strong female characters over the past few months and they now want more.
"Oh, man," Coogler said about the idea of an all-Wakandan women spinoff, "That would be amazing if the opportunity came up. They did it in the comic book version."
Coogler also took the opportunity to praise the women in the cast of Black Panther which brags of iconic performances by Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright and Angela Bassett.
"We have these actresses who could easily carry their own movie,” he said adding that "Some of them have even done so before!"
What's even more striking is that these characters have the potential to have their own separate movies as well.
While fans may have to convince Marvel to make this happen, it seems like Coogler is on their side. He claims that one of his favorite parts from the Black Panther movie happens to be when the women are on their own.
"That’s one of my favorite parts of the movie when I watched it. And I didn’t expect that," Coogler said about the part where T'Challa is thrown off the cliff to his apparent death by his estranged cousin Killmonger and the women of Wakanda take matters in their own hands
The plot of the movie pivots around the characters played by Nyong'o, Wright and Bassett who take charge of the land and its people.
"In that part of the movie, you feel like you’re watching something fresh and new," Coogler said, "That part of it was exciting."
We can only hope that the executives at Marvel see the potential that Coogler and the fans clearly do and finally give this project the go-ahead.