Marvel Eyes Ava DuVernay to Direct Either “Black Panther” or “Captain Marvel”


by Justin Cook

Selma director Ava DuVernay is being courted to direct an upcoming Marvel film. While the exact film she will be helming is unknown, it looks like it’s between Black Panther and Captain Marvel, two of Marvel’s more “diverse” upcoming films.

Reports in the past have suggested that Marvel was looking for a black director for Black Panther and a female director for Captain Marvel, so DuVernay, being a black woman, fits into both categories.

According to The Wrap’s report, both Marvel and DuVernay have a “mutual interest” in teaming up for a future Marvel Cinematic Universe film. If DuVernay does end up directing one of the two films, she will become Marvel’s first female director, although not the first female director hired by the studio. In the past, Patty Jenkins was hired to helm 2013’s Thor: The Dark World, but she dropped out due to creative differences. Eventually, she was replaced by Alan Taylor.

Last year, DuVernay’s Selma received universal acclaim from film critics, and proved that she is a very capable director. The film even garnered a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, as well as a Best Director nomination for DuVernay at the Golden Globes. While the film did spark some controversy about its historical accuracy, it’s hard to deny the film’s strong elements of storytelling and filmmaking.

Black Panther is set to star 42 and Get on Up actor Chadwick Boseman as the title character; Captain Marvel has yet to find its lead actress. Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) have been confirmed to be scripting Captain Marvel. 

The films will be released in between Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2.

Black Panther will hit theaters on July 6, 2018, while Captain Marvel will arrive a little later in 2018 on November 2.

Source: The Wrap

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