This would certainly be an interesting move from Marvel.
Ava DuVernay, the director of last year’s Martin Luther King Jr.-focused drama Selma, is being eyed by Marvel to direct either Black Panther or Captain Marvel.
The Wrap reports that “multiple individuals with knowledge of the situation” have revealed DuVernay is being courted by Marvel, with Black Panther being the most likely of projects to attach her as director.
The pressure has been piling on for Marvel to get itself a female director. It was close to locking one in with Patty Jenkins on Thor: The Dark World, but those pesky “creative differences” put an end to that. Warner Bros. recently picked Jenkins as director of their first female-focused superhero film, Wonder Woman.
According to The Wrap’s insiders, “Marvel is intent on hiring an African-American director for Black Panther and a female filmmaker for Captain Marvel,” which would make DuVernay a two-for-one for the studio – especially when it comes to earning those PR brownie points.
Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman as the titular Prince of Wakanda, is set for U.S. release on July 6, 2018. Captain Marvel, which still hasn’t cast its lead heroine, will hit the States on November 2, 2018.