Marvel Locks In Ava DuVernay To Direct Black Panther

Image courtesy of MCU Exchange
Image courtesy of MCU Exchange

We may not be getting Marvel Studios to come to San Diego Comic Con this year, but that doesn’t mean we’ll go the whole summer without getting some exciting news. In fact, today we’ve got ourselves some amazing news! For months now, Ava DuVernay has been whispered as a possible director for Marvel’s first female superhero movie, Captain Marvel. While that’s not exactly what’s happening, MCU Exchange alleges that the Selma director is lined up to direct…Black Panther!

The film isn’t set to be released for another few years, but there was a reason for locking DuVernay in as a director so soon – “Part of the desire to hire DuVernay this early in the process (more than three years before Black Panther‘s release date of July 6, 2018) is to have her on the set of Captain America: Civil War, which will feature the first appearance of both Black Panther and his home country of Wakanda.” We already knew T’Challa, aka Black Panther, would be making his debut in the third Captain America film, but now it seems he’ll quite probably be getting something of a minor origins story – or, at the very least, a more substantial role than anticipated.

There haven’t been many updates on the status of the Black Panther screenplay since it was announced its first draft would be penned by Mark Bailey. Word has it that Marvel Studios is still in the process of locking down a principal screenwriter for further drafting of the screenplay, but it doesn’t look as if DuVernay will be heavily involved just yet. The director, whose career has blown up since directing arguably the best movie of 2014 with Selma, has quite a busy schedule for the time being. It is likely she won’t be heavily involved in the writing process. However, it is definitely noteworthy that Marvel has enough confidence in DuVerna’s vision for Black Panther to lock her in, and that should mean we’ll soon hear who they feel can put that vision to paper.