Selma Director Ava DuVernay Won’t Helm Marvel’s Black Panther

Director Ava DuVernay

By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Marvel head and president Kevin Feige recently said that the company was zeroing in on a director for Black Panther. Unfortunately, we know that their rumored number one choice has decided to part ways with the studio.

Speaking to Essence (via /Film) Ava DuVernay (Selma) cited creative differences between her take and what Marvel wanted from the film as the reason she is stepping away from the project.

I guess I’ll declare my independence from this rumor on 4th of July weekend and Essence weekend! 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. I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs. 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. – Ava DuVernay

Marvel is notoriously hard to direct for, because each film needs to stand on its own and support other films in the MCU, and that limits a director’s vision. This is the best thing for all involved, as there have been a few directors who have had to bow out of directing a Marvel film late in the game. One of the most recent and highly reported cases being Edgar Wright walking away from Ant-Man.

The question, now that DuVernay has decided to pass on the project, is who will end up taking the reins? She wasn’t the only name associated with Black Panther, and while only rumored, Rick Famuyiwa, who directed Dope (which is fantastic, go see it!), has also been said to have caught the attention of Marvel for the solo film. DuVernay would have been a fantastic choice, but if Famuyiwa is still in the running, I think he would be equally as great to direct Black Panther.

Black Panther will be played by Chadwick Boseman and will make his onscreen debut in Captain America: Civil War in theaters on May 6, 2016. The Black Panther solo film will premiere in theaters on November 3, 2017.

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