Back in May, a rumor surfaced that Marvel wanted Selma director Ava DuVernay to make either Black Panther or Captain Marvel for their Phase Three movie slate. Earlier this month, an unconfirmed report claimed that the filmmaker had actually signed on to make Black Panther. But it seems that is not true, according to the filmmaker herself. In a new interview with Essence, the director confirms that she is not directing Black Panther, stating that she didn't see eye-to-eye with Marvel.
"I'm not signing on to direct Black Panther. I think I'll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be. Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they're fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me. I loved meeting Chadwick (Boseman) and writers and all the Marvel execs. In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn't see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later. I love the character of Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda and all that that could be visually. I wish them well and will be first in line to see it."
It isn't known if the studio is currently reaching out to other filmmakers to take the helm on Black Panther, but there still is plenty of time, since the superhero movie isn't set to hit theaters until November 2018. Chadwick Boseman will first make his debut as T'challa in Captain America: Civil War, which is currently filming in Atlanta, before starring in the stand alone Black Panther movie. Are you disappointed that Ava DuVernay isn't directing Black Panther? Chime in with your thoughts below.