Ava DuVernay will reportedly direct Marvel’s Black Panther, which is coming to theaters on July 6, 2018.
According to MCU Exchange, which claims to get their information from an inside source, Marvel has been courting the Selma director for a while and wants her to be on the set of the third Captain America movie. T’Challa/Black Panther, who will be played by Chadwick Boseman, will make his debut in Captain America: Civil War, which is scheduled to be released on May 6, 2016.
DuVernay is definitely an exciting choice. While she hasn’t had a lot of experience directing action movies, she proved with Selma that she can direct a beautiful and emotionally effective one — and a lot of people would argue that she got snubbed from a Best Director nomination at the 87th Academy Awards.
She did win the Directing Award for U.S. Dramatic Film at Sundance for her 2012 feature, Middle of Nowhere. She’s currently working on Queen Sugar, an original drama series for the OWN network that will feature Oprah Winfrey in a recurring role. She will also serve as executive producer for CBS’ For Justice, starring Phylicia Rashad.
For the most part, Marvel’s unconventional choices have proven successful. Joe and Anthony Russo, who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will helm both Infinity War movies, were primarily known for You, Me, and Dupree and a bunch of sitcom episodes before joining the Marvel cinematic family. But DuVernay does feel like a natural fit for Black Panther, whose story will probably deal with some racial and class struggles via Andy Serkis’ character Ulysses Klaw, the rare metal Vibranium, and the technologically-advanced nation of Wakanda. DuVernay has experience telling those types of stories and there’s no doubt she’s fully capable of doing it with Black Panther.