Earlier this summer, reports surfaced stating that ‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay was approached to direct ‘Black Panther’ or ‘Captain Marvel’ for Marvel Studios. And True Believers and film lovers alike rejoiced since the Oscar-nominated filmmaker would bring her fresh vision and unique voice to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But it seems that the excitement was a bit premature because she has turned down the job.
According to Variety, DuVernay was in line to direct Chadwick Boseman’s solo outing as the King of Wakanda. However, she revealed that her approach to ‘Black Panther’ didn’t match up with Marvel’s ideas:
“I’m not signing on to direct ‘Black Panther.’ I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.
In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn’t see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later… I love the character of Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda and all that that could be visually. I wish them well and will be first in line to see it.”
While the House of Ideas already has an impressive stable of talented filmmakers crafting the MCU as it prepares to commence Phase Three, DuVernay isn’t the only one to find themselves at odds with Marvel over the direction of one of their films recently in the studio’s search for more up and coming talent. Despite spending the better part of nearly a decade developing ‘Ant-Man’, Edgar Wright also parted ways with the studio over creative differences, which allowed Peyton Reed to step in to helm Scott Lang’s theatrical debut.
But on the bright side, this split occurred before ‘Black Panther’ pre-production could really get started, so they’re not forced to make changes. Also, while T’Challa’s film is definitely off the table, it doesn’t mention Carol Danvers’ upcoming big screen adventure. For all we know, DuVernay is still being considered to adapt other Marvel properties in the future. Although that is up in the air, especially depending on how you interpret her comments, we now wait to see who will end up behind the camera of the 2018 feature film.
Now that Ava DuVernay is out, who do you think should direct ‘Black Panther’? Do you think that the ‘Selma’ director will still be in contention for ‘Captain Marvel’ instead? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.