Ryan Coogler Says He’s Open To Making A Sequel To “Black Panther” Focused On The “Women Of Wakanda”
T’Challa may have been king to the people of Wakanda, but when it comes to protecting the land and its people, Black Panther fans know that the warrior women were nothing to play with. Whether the Dora Milaje were being led in hand to hand combat by their fearless leader and head of Wakanda’s armed forces and intel, Okoye, or their princess and master of Wakanda’s modern technology, Shuri, was working on the next innovation to change the world, the women of Wakanda were arguably just as, if not more crucial to their people’s progress than the men.
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is well aware of the popularity that’s followed the Women of Wakanda and recently revealed at Cannes Film Festival that he’s open to making a sequel that totally focuses on them. He tells Variety that the scenes In Black Panther that feature the women when King T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) is feared to be gone forever are some of his favorite:
“I think you could argue they are more important.”
“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.”
Coogler goes on to reveal how during those scenes he realized the amount of power actresses Lupita N’yongo, Letitia Wright and Danai Gurira brought to the 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.”
“Some of them have before. We were so fortunate. I would watch a movie with them!”
When asked if a Women of Wakanda spin-off could possibly be in the works, Coogler said it’s absolutely not out of the question:
“Oh man. That would be amazing if the opportunity came up. They did it in the comic-book version.”
Coogler also went on to share that while creating the movie he wanted Wakanda to be a place that brought out the best in everyone:
“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.”
OK, so what petition do we have to start to make this happen? OK, ladies now let’s get in formation so we can get a full two-hours of Okoye, Shuri and Nakia running the Wakandan world.