Marvel is working to find a director for Black Panther and Captain Marvel. Rumors claim that the company is currently trying to sign-on Ava DuVernay for Black Panther, but may even consider her for Captain Marvel.
The mysterious “insiders” claim that Black Panther is the most likely candidate, which is due to hit theaters in July, 2018.
Why Would DuVernay Be the First Female Director?
Historically, no woman has ever directed a Marvel film in the past. Patty Jenkins was hired to direct Thor: The Dark World, but she was replaced because of the usual “creative differences” by Alan Taylor. Jenkins, on the other hand, went on to direct Wonder Woman for Warner Bros.
Insiders claim that Marvel is planning to hire an African-American director for Black Panther and a female filmmaker for Captain Marvel to diversify their universe. If DuVernay were hired she would be both the first female director and African-American director.
What Other Film Work Has She Done?
Marvel isn’t just considering DuVernay for those reasons alone. She has a proven track record and a good eye for film.
DuVernay’s most recent project Selma, which she directed, was Oscar-nominated for Best Picture and it won a few other awards from critics. She has experience in the comic book world too. One of her most prominent credits is working with Sam Raimi on Spider-Man 2, offering “promotional services.”
She had her directorial debut on a documentary called This Is the Life, in 2008. Later, she worked on I Will Follow, and Middle of Nowhere before finally working on the Martin Luther King Jr. movie Selma for Paramount.
She would be a great choice for either Marvel film. Her creative style and prowess behind the camera are uncontested.