Five months in and Ryan Coogler is already one of 2018’s top Black heroes.
The Black Panther director has been receiving praise ever since his Marvel comic-book movie hit theaters and now, he’s reflecting on that work. Most recently, he took a two-hour talk at the Cannes Film Festival and dropped a large potential bombshell.
When asked by moderator and critic Elvis Mitchell whether the women of Black Panter were as important as the men. Coogler, without taking a breath, said, according to Variety, “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,” he continued. Where’s the bombshell you ask? It came just after.
Coogler was then asked by Mitchell whether he’d be open to a female spinoff of his film. His response?
“Oh man,” Coogler said. “That would be amazing if the opportunity came up. They did it in the comic-book version.”
That little crack of a hope of a possibility to the thought of something like that had Twitter off its rocker.
Ryan Coogler said he would do a Female spin-off of Black Panther if he’s allowed, do you know how amazing that would be?— bianca (@soiegloss) May 10, 2018
I'm so here for a female Black Panther 🐱— Can't remember.. (@peachesncream83) May 10, 2018
@Variety this would be so awesome! And maybe shuri can be the female black panther!!— Brenden Berg (@BergBrenden) May 10, 2018
Black Panther wasn't the only thing Coogler discussed. He was also asked about Donald Glover and his role in moving the needle forward for Black directors of film and television.
He says Glover has his mind being "stretched" when it comes to creativity of ideas.
Ryan Coogler shouts out Donald Glover: "Every time I turn on the TV and watch ATLANTA, my mind is being stretched by what we as a people can do."— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 10, 2018
Back on the subject of BP, Ryan Coogler revealed a lot of the movies that gave him inspiration for it.
Ryan Coogler says he drew BLACK PANTHER inspiration from EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, THE GODFATHER, TIMBUKTU, and the Planet Earth series— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 10, 2018
Ryan Coogler notes that Marvel wanted BLACK PANTHER to be their James Bond. So what's Coogler's favorite Bond movie? "CASINO ROYALE."— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 10, 2018
Oh yeah, and about that first screening he had in front of a host of A-list celebrities...
The first time Ryan Coogler screened BLACK PANTHER for people, it was for an audience that included Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae, Kendrick Lamar, George Lucas... and 50 of Coogler's family members— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 10, 2018
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