Hot off her hit historical drama Selma, which recounts Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic march, Marvel is reportedly courting director Ava DuVernay for an upcoming Phase 3 movie. Though, it isn't know if that movie is Black Panther, scheduled for release in July 2018, or Captain Marvel, which will hit in November of that same year. Insiders claim that Black Panther is the most likely possibility. Though, it is known that Marvel wants a female director to take the helm on Captain Marvel, a movie many believe will be directed by Angelina Jolie.
It is stated that Marvel has had a series of talks with Ava DuVernay, but they are looking at a number of other directors as well. Though, there is a mutual interest between both parties. The news of Ava DuVernay's possible hiring surfaced just as the American Civil Liberties Union asked state and federal agencies to investigate Hollywood's hiring practices at major studios, networks and talent agencies. The ACLU is claiming that there is rampant and intentional discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors. If hired, Ava DuVernay would be the first woman to direct a Marvel movie.
Current Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins was originally hired to direct Thor: The Dark World. She left the film due to 'creative differences', and by most accounts, it was not an amicable break. She was later replaced by Alan Taylor. Patty Jenkins herself replaced Michelle Maxwell MacLaren on Wonder Woman under similar sounding circumstances.
At this time, it seems that Marvel is intent on hiring an African-American director for Black Panther and a female director for Captain Marvel. Not only would Ava DuVernay's hiring make her the first female director in the MCU, but also the first person of color. It's speculated that this is being seen as a public relations boom for the company. Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa, the prince of Wakanda tasked with taking over his father's throne to avenge his death. Captain Marvel ties into the Guardians of the Galaxy sci-fi side of the MCU, and follows Carol Danvers, who gains super powers after encountering an Alien from the Kree Empire.
Ava DuVernay is no stranger to comic book movies. She was once a publicist who worked on Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2. And that remains her top credit on IMDB pro, despite having helmed the Oscar-nomintaed Selma. She has been in high demand since the movie was released in late December. She is currently developing a TV show for Oprah Winfrey's OWN network based on the book Queen Sugar. She just wrapped production on the CBS Civil Rights drama pilot For Justice. And She is also moving forward on an untitled Hurricane Katrina movie that will star David Oyelowo. Which movie do you think suites Ava DuVernay? Black Panther or Captain Marvel ?