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Ava Duvernay Turns Down Directing ‘Black Panther’

Ava Duvernay, the director of Selma potentially directing the Black Panther solo film. It was a pairing that had potential on paper, and one which seemed like a long shot due to Marvel’s creative limitations. Well that seems to be the case, according to Duvernay who confirms (via. Essence) that she will not be directing Black Panther.

“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.”

The brief meetings which took place between Duvernay and Marvel Studios were said to be positive ones. She apparently loved meeting and talking to Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), but simply stated that she realized the differences in creative vision. Duvernay went on to say good things about what she’s seen so far from the project.

“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.”

For anyone who followed the development on past Marvel films, this is nothing new. The most recognized departure is Edgar Wright from the upcoming Ant-Man, also Patty Jenkins leaving Thor: The Dark World. Both examples had their own reasons, which (to an extent) included creative differences.

I would’ve liked to see what Duvernay’s vision for the Black Panther would’ve looked like, but not at the expense of the film departing from this cinematic universe. As Joss Whedon explained, these Marvel films are more TV episodic. Therefore, its the job of Kevin Feige to find the right directors to tell these stories with certain mandatory elements and plot points.

Feige recently confirmed a director will be announced for both Black Panther and Captain Marvel by the end of the summer (via. The Hollywood Reporter).

Were you looking forward to Ava Duvernay directing Black Panther? Who do you see as the right fit to direct that film?

Black Panther hits theaters on July 6, 2018

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