Black Panther director Ryan Coogler just co-signed the movie of our dreams: At a panel during the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, he was asked if he’d be open to making a spinoff featuring the women of Wakanda. He was instantly into the idea—and made our hearts soar.
“Oh man,” Variety reports Coogler saying. “That would be amazing if the opportunity came up. They did it in the comic-book version.”
Someone please make this opportunity happen right now. As it’s been widely reported, Black Panther is the highest-grossing superhero film of all time, after it made more than $1.2 billion globally. A woman-centered spinoff would undoubtedly continue to crush records. Plus, it would give us another opportunity to root for the movie’s out-of-this-world female stars, who include Oscar winner and real-life saint Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Letitia Wright.
“We have these actresses who could easily carry their own movie,” Coogler said at the panel. “Some of them have before!”
Wright—who plays Shuri, the bad-ass and brilliant younger sister of King T’Challa—signaled she was all about the idea by adorably tweeting, “Ready big bro.”
A sequel does seem to be in the works, although we’re not sure which characters it would highlight. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said an interview with Entertainment Weekly that although he had “nothing specific to reveal,” another journey into Wakanda would come. We’re just crossing our fingers it focuses on Shuri and the rest of the power women—we’d be first in line for tickets.
By Julyssa Lopez