Marvel Studios has a huge list of upcoming movies that still need a person in the directors chair, and Black Panther is still one of them. Though rumors had been circulating that Selma director Ava DuVernay would be taking on the project, she herself has confirmed that won’t be happening.
DuVernay confirmed that she would not be directing the film in a recent interview with Essence.
“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,” She said.
Fans and critics have voiced their desire to see diversity brought into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) for quite some time, and having a black female director take on a film centered around a black superhero would have been a terrific way to do just that. Though, DuVernay did also mention that there are no hard feelings.
“I loved meeting Chadwick (Boseman) and writers and all the Marvel execs,” DuVernay said. “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.”
Marvel in all likelihood wasn’t seeking DuVernay out just to fill a diversity role. It was more likely because she has proven herself to be a outstanding filmmaker that could bring a new voice to these films. Sadly, the studio will have to keep looking to fill that seat for the film, which stars Chadwick Boseman in the title role.
Black Panther is currently scheduled for a July 6, 2018 release date and the character is scheduled to make his first on screen appearance in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.