Selma Helmer Closes In On “Panther”?

One of the more interesting and exciting rumors regarding Marvel’s Phase Three slate seems to be gaining steam. A few weeks ago came word via The Wrap that “Selma” director Ava DuVernay could be helming “Black Panther,” the first minority-led superhero movie in Marvel Studios’ slate.

It’s a fascinating choice, especially as DuVernay has a reputation for being someone with a strong and uncompromising vision, something that Marvel has earned a mixed reputation for handling as seen in Edgar Wright’s departure over “Ant-Man” and Joss Whedon’s reported creative battles with some of the studio’s higher ups.

Then over the weekend came reports that Marvel had essentially made a decision, but it wasn’t revealed who. A few hours ago MCU Exchange posted a story saying DuVernay has scored the gig, a report which several outlets including Vanity Fair picked up.

However, neither Marvel or DuVernay herself have confirmed the news as of this posting and at last report there’s no script yet in place which means a hire may be further off than anticipated.

Set in the African nation of Wakanda, the film will deal with a clash between the American government, white industrialists and local Wakandians over the valuable metal Vibranium. Chadwick Boseman takes on the titular role in the movie which is scheduled for release on July 6th 2018.