Marvel’s Black Panther Loses Ava DuVernay Over Creative Differences

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Marvel has lost yet another exciting director over creative differences: Ava DuVernay has decided not to direct the 2017 Black Panther feature.

In an interview with Essence, the Selma director revealed that while she did meet with Marvel executives about helming the Chadwick Boseman flick, they failed to see eye to eye.

“I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be,” DuVernay said. “Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I love that they reached out to me.”

She continued: “I loved meeting with Chadwick 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.”

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It’s a shame Marvel and DuVernay weren’t able to find a compromise for telling the story of T’Challa, the first mainstream black superhero. Had DuVernay taken the position, she would have become the first black female director of a superhero movie.

But it’s no surprise that Marvel lost DuVernay. Last year, the studio announced that Edgar Wright would no longer direct Ant-Man, citing creative differences, and Avengers: Age of Ultron will be the last film for Joss Whedon, who has spoken at length about the difficulties he had working with Marvel on the film.

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