Well, that didn’t take long.
Merely hours after news surfaced that the American Civil Liberties Union is looking to make Hollywood’s lack of female directors a civil rights violation, the biggest movie company in the game right now started rectifying that—sort of. Late last night, The Wrap broke the word that acclaimed Selma filmmaker Ava DuVernay is at the top of Marvel Studios’ directorial wish list. The superhero powerhouse, currently making serious bank with Avengers: Age of Ultron, is reportedly courting DuVernay for either Black Panther or Captain Marvel.
Both projects make sense, too. Black Panther, set to star Chadwick Boseman (42, Get on Up), is Marvel’s blockbuster-hopeful black hero, while Captain Marvel will be the studio's first female hero to get her own standalone movie.
Unsurprisingly, DuVernay’s possible leap to the MCU (short for Marvel Comics Universe) is causing debate, with some film insiders wondering if the corporate-minded Marvel system would hinder DuVernay’s creativity, while others can’t help but wonder why female directors’ names only come up when there’s a woman superhero attached. Most people, though, are understandably ecstatic over the possibility of the amazingly talented and inspiring DuVernay landing such a huge job.