Marvel in Talks with Selma's Ava DuVernay for Black Panther or Captain Marvel

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 10:01AM
Marvel
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015 - 10:01AM
Marvel in Talks with Selma's Ava DuVernay for Black Panther or Captain Marvel
Fresh off of several controversies involving gender, including the egregious lack of Black Widow merchandise and Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans's "slut" comments, Marvel is reportedly trying to hire Selma director Ava DuVernay for either Captain Marvel or Black Panther. The Wrap reports that Marvel "has had discussions" with DuVernay, and that there is "mutual interest" in having her join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in some capacity. According to their inside sources, Black Panther is the most likely possibility, as it comes out half a year earlier than Captain Marvel. 

According to The Wrap, Marvel is "intent on hiring an African-American director for Black Panther and a female filmmaker for Captain Marvel." This news comes on the heels of the ACLU alleging systematic and rampant discrimination against female directors, and imploring state and federal agencies to investigate major studios' hiring practices. 

It's great that Marvel is thinking of hiring a woman of color who is completely qualified (indeed, probably overqualified) to direct one of their films. They haven't had any black or female directors after famously parting ways with Patty Jenkins during Thor: The Dark World and replacing her with Alan Taylor. But the fact that it's such a PR coup for them, particularly in the wake of Warner Bros hiring Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman, makes it feel a little cynical. With Selma's massive success and multiple Oscar nominations, DuVernay should be in the conversation for reasons other than her race or gender. As we said during the whole Michelle MacLaren debacle, big studios should be considering directors of DuVernay's caliber for all of their films, not just the ones with "diverse" main characters. 

Black Panther is slated to come out in theaters on July 6, 2018, while Captain Marvel is scheduled for November 2, 2018.
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