Ava DuVernay May Become Marvel’s First Female Director

May 13, 2015  |  

Known for her eye-catching cinematography skills, Selma director Ava DuVernay is said to have the attention of Marvel executives, who are tossing her name around to direct one their latest superhero films, either Black Panther or Captain Marvel.

The Wrap has sources claiming DuVernay will most likely direct Black Panther, which is set to release in July 2018. Sources also noted Marvel has had a series of conversations with DuVernay about owning one of its marquee comic book properties and there is a mutual interest.

Buzzfeed makes the case that DuVernay should also be tapped for Captain Marvel, a female superhero character, because doesn’t necessarily have to be white.

This news comes a day after the American Civil Liberties Union asked state and federal agencies to investigate the hiring process Hollywood entertainment companies use, especially when hiring female directors. “In the letters the ACLU ran down the proof,” we wrote in our earlier story. Included in the stats, “A University of Southern California study, for example, found that of the top-grossing 100 films from 2013 and 2014, just 1.9 percent were directed by women.”

If DuVernay gets the opportunity to direct Black Panther, it would not only be amazing on its face, it would also give Marvel a public relations boost at a time when diversity in entertainment is top of mind. She would become their first African-American and first female director. DuVernay is no stranger to firsts, being the first Black female director to win a Sundance award for her work and the first to be nominated for her Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma. 

Black Panther will star Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the prince of Wakanda who has taken over his father’s throne.

In the meantime, DuVernay will be creating a TV series for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network and will also direct a movie based on Hurricane Katrina that will star David Oyelowo.

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