With Black Panther‘s full release only a week away, its safe to say everyone is hotly anticipating the film , which is already critically-acclaimed.

In a recent interview with Jerry Barrow from BET Digital, its director, Ryan Coogler was asked about the possibility of connecting Black Panther with fellow Marvel-universe superheroes like Luke Cage and even Blade.

“I don’t control that stuff. I know that stuff’s all complicated. I wish Kevin (Feige) was here to see if you could talk to him, because he knows more about it. But I think it would be awesome,” he said.

He continued, “I loved those characters. It (the Blade movies) paved the way for what we’re doing now…And what Cheo (Hodari Coker) is doing with Netflix is just incredible, putting African-American culture on the screen like that and seeing people react to it that aren’t from that culture…the same way they react to a black basketball player or a black musician. It works for film, too. It’s universal.”

Black Panther hits theaters nationwide on February 16.