With the $1.3 billion and counting at the international box office, Black Panther has defied expectations and the notion by skeptics (and racists) that a movie with an-all black cast won’t make big bank at the box office. We’ll argue that a crucial part of why Black Panther was such a behemoth at the box office were the performances of Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett. The film gained a noticeable amount of great buzz with its assortment of dark-skinned women in pivotal roles, a sad rarity in movies still. And it looks like director Ryan Coogler shares this same notion.
“I think you could argue they are more important,” he said when asked by film critic Elvis Mitchell at the Cannes Film Festival if the women were more important than the men in the film. In fact, when asked if he would ever do a spinoff about the women of Wakanda, Coogler voiced no qualms about it. “That would be amazing if the opportunity came up. They did it in the comic-book version.”
A film revolving solely around the Dora Milaje would be epic. The only thing that might stop this project from actually happening is Lupita’s schedule. In case you haven’t heard, the Academy Award-winning actress’s slate is full with roles in the spy thriller The 355 and a potential new role in Jordan Peele’s upcoming film Us.