A lot of people think that Ava DuVernay was robbed when, earlier this year, she did not receive a nomination for Best Director at the Academy Awards. A nom for DuVernay would have been historic, as she could have been the first African-American woman ever nominated for Best Director, along with becoming one of just a handful of female filmmakers who have gotten the distinction at all. So what’s a good runner-up prize? Maybe getting a film franchise? It’s a possibility as reports are leaking that DuVernay is on the short list to direct one of two potantial, future Marvel Studios movies. So which would be a better fit: Black Panther or Captain Marvel?
As per a report by TheWrap, DuVernay is being courted by Marvel Studios to take the helm of one of their future projects. “Insiders told TheWrap that Marvel is intent on hiring an African-American director for Black Panther and a female filmmaker for Captain Marvel,” the article says. “DuVernay’s hiring would make her Marvel’s first African-American and first female director, which would no doubt double as a public relations boon for the company.”
And the fact that DuVernay is pretty talented doesn’t hurt either.
As to what movie DuVernay is more likely to hop on will depend on where her interest lies; Captain Marvel might look like a more conventional superhero movie, albeit with a female protagonist, but there are definitely some Shakespearean overtones with Black Panther and maybe a callback to pulp heroes like The Phantom as well. Combined with the it being a major Hollywood blockbuster being led by a predominately black cast with a black superhero at the forefront, and one could see that all easily appealing to DuVernay. Plus, she could get stated on Panther six months sooner than Marvel; both are scheduled for a 2018 release in July and November respectively.
As TheWrap points out, this news comes on the same day that the American Civil Liberties Union has asked state and federal authorities to investigate “rampant and intentional gender discrimination” concerning the hiring of female directors. It’s doubtful that hiring one woman to direct a singular superhero movie will likely dissuade the ACLU of the seemingly correct notion that there’s discrimination in Hollywood board rooms when it comes to hiring women and minority filmmkers, and it’s pretty sad that this one example would represent such a pretty big leap in even trying to level the playing field.
Obviously, there’s no word yet if DuVernay is game to direct a Marvel movie, all we know is that she’s being courted by the studio. There’s still a lot of time before DuVernay has to make a decision, and there’s still a few other movies that Marvel has to get going with filmmaking teams and casts in the meantime.
Of course, we’ll keep you posted with all the news concerning Marvel movies as it comes in.