Marvel Eyes ‘Selma’ Director Ava DuVernay to Direct Either ‘Black Panther’ or ‘Captain Marvel’
Marvel is definitely not messing around right now. In addition to hiring a pair of talented ladies to script their upcoming Captain Marvel solo film, the studio has their eye on one very awesome woman of color to take on one of their “diverse” upcoming movies: Selma director Ava DuVernay is reportedly being courted by Marvel for either Captain Marvel or Black Panther, and either film could benefit from having DuVernay behind the camera.
The Wrap reports that Marvel is eyeing DuVernay to direct one of their diverse upcoming films — Captain Marvel marks their first solo female superhero film, while Black Panther is their first film featuring a hero of color in the leading role. Given DuVernay’s incredible accomplishment with the intensely poignant Selma, it’s easy to see her take on either film, delivering an inspirational and triumphant story of heroism.
The smartest thing Marvel can do right now is to hire a great woman to direct Captain Marvel, and a great person of color to direct Black Panther — with DuVernay, they have a very talented director with both qualities, and a director who would be a great fit for both of those films, period.
Black Panther is set to make his debut in Captain America: Civil War before heading his own solo movie in 2018. The Captain Marvel movie is set to arrive in 2019. DuVernay’s hiring would be the first time a woman has directed a film for Marvel — they previously replaced Patty Jenkins with Alan Taylor on Thor: The Dark World; Jenkins recently replaced Michelle MacLaren on DC’s Wonder Woman solo film.
This news also comes on the heels of the ACLU’s announcement of an inquiry into the hiring practices at major studios, networks and agencies, to investigate prominent gender discrimination, specifically with regards to the hiring (or lack thereof) of female directors. Both Charlize Theron and Kathryn Bigelow have been speaking out about the gender discrimination in Hollywood — now is the time for a studio like Marvel to put someone like Ava DuVernay on one of their biggest upcoming projects.
Besides, regardless of her gender or color, DuVernay is one seriously amazing director, and Marvel would be damn lucky to have her.
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