It’s safe to say when it comes to the inclusion rider, Ryan Coogler walks it like he talks it. At a nearly two-hour long panel at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival, the Black Panther director had the perfect response to a question most of us have been asking in our heads: Are the women of ‘Black Panther’ just as important as the men?
Like the real-life hero he is, Coogler responded without hesitation. “I think you could argue they are more important,” he said, according to Variety.
Coogler was surprised that among his favorite parts of the film, the scenes that follow the matriarchal characters played by Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong’o were the ones that stood out to viewers.
He added that the actresses have all carried their films in the past and could certainly do it again in an all-female focused spin off of the Black Panther series. Furthermore, Coogler said it wouldn’t be a “new idea”, explaining that Marvel “did it in the comic-book version.”
The female Wakandan special forces, known as the Dora Milaje, are already confirmed for a spin-off comic book series called Wakanda Forever: The Amazing Spider-Man. With the success of Black Panther, a spin-off movie seems like the logically next step… and perfect way to further expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As for his future goals as a filmmaker, Coogler said he wants to direct something “original.” His previous films — Fruitvale Station and Creed — have both been based on existing stories. So, writers get at him.