Director Ryan Coogler would jump at the opportunity to make a Black Panther spin-off movie focusing on the women in the superhero blockbuster.
Chadwick Boseman portrays T'Challa, the leader of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, and his Black Panther alter ego in the hugely popular Marvel film, in which he's supported by a number of strong female characters, including Lupita Nyong'o as undercover agent and love interest Nakia, Danai Gurira as warrior leader Okoye, Angela Bassett as his mother Ramonda, and Letitia Wright as his onscreen sister and tech genius, Shuri.
Coogler already has plans to make a sequel to the action epic, but he would also love to craft a spin-off story revolving around the women of Wakanda.
"Oh man, that would be amazing if the opportunity ever came up," he gushed during a recent talk at the Cannes Film Festival.
Discussing how they helped to carry the Black Panther film, he said, "I think you could argue (that the women) 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 favourite parts of the movie when I watched it, and I didn't expect that."
"That part of the movie you feel like you're watching something fresh and new. That part of it was exciting," Coogler shared. "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!"