Marvel Studios is reportedly courting “Selma” filmmaker Ava DuVernay to direct one of its upcoming superhero films, with “Black Panther” or “Captain Marvel” being the likeliest options.
In fact the trade suggests that ‘Panther,’ which is due first in July 2018, is the likeliest possibility and discussions with DuVernay have taken place with apparent mutual interest from both parties to work together.
Though Patty Jenkins was briefly hired to direct the “Thor” sequel (and then left), to date neither a woman or an African-American of any gender has directed a Marvel movie. The news comes at a time when the ACLU has asked state and federal agencies to seriously investigate Hollywood’s tendency for gender discrimination in some of its hiring practices.
DuVernay has had minor experience with superheroes before, she previously worked as a publicist and was involved in promotions for Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 2”.
Source: The Wrap