Selma fame DuVernay is now officially the first female to direct a superhero movie for Marvel
It’s no longer just a rumor. Marvel Cinematic Universe has officially tapped Ava DuVernay for directing its new high-profile superhero movie Black Panther.
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“Selma” fame director Ava DuVernay was in negotiations for helming one of Marvel’s superhero films since May and it could be either Captain Marvel, studio’s first female led superhero epic or Black Panther, first black leading superhero movie. But now it has been announced officially that DuVernay will take charge of Black Panther.
That will make DuVernay first female director as well as the first African-American director to make any film for Marvel. The 42-year old Ava DuVernay is a renowned director and writer and her credits include “I Will Follow”, “Middle of Nowhere” and Selma” for which she has received Golden Globe Award nomination for the Best Director. But directing a superhero flick will be an altogether new challenge for DuVernay and she also admitted herself that she is not too much familiar with Marvel and not too much interested in comic books as well.
“I am not a big comic book fan, but I know that I love to deconstruct heroes, deconstruct myths…I don’t know about Marvel, but I love to tell all kind of stories, so I don’t say no to anything; everthing’s possible”
Nevertheless, DuVernay is expected to bring fresh new perspective to the Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kerby, Black Panther is the first mainstream black superhero, virtually no black superheroes were created before him. His original name is T’Challa and is the head of the fictional African nation of Wakanda.
Chadwich Boseman, mostly known for his work in Get on Up, will play Marvel’s Black Panther. The character will make its first big screen appearance with Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016, which also features Iron Man, Falcon, Hawkeye and many more superheroes.
Black Panther is scheduled to release on July 6, 2018.
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