Confirmed: Ava DuVernay Will Not Direct Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

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Ava DuVernay on the set during the filming of 'Selma' (via Paramount Pictures)

Ava DuVernay on the set during the filming of ‘Selma’ (via Paramount Pictures)

Though highly anticipated, it appears that “creative differences” will keep Ava DuVernay from directing Marvel‘s Black Panther film.

The Selma director recently told Essence, “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 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.”

Black Panther, which is expected to hit theaters on July 6, 2018, will star Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up / 42) as T’Challa, the first black superhero in mainstream American comics.

Marvel's Black Panther aka T'Challa

Marvel’s Black Panther aka T’Challa

While it’s disappointing that Ava and Marvel couldn’t come to an agreement, she isn’t the first creative to have issues “seeing eye-to-eye” with Marvel’s executives. It seems the studio is excellent at pushing away.

In 2010, Jon Favreau passed on directing Iron Man 3 after having troubles before even helming Iron Man 2.

The following year “creative differences” stopped Patty Jenkins from directing Thor: The Dark World, and her replacement, Alan Taylor, noted that working with Marvel was stressful.

Last year, it was announced that Edgar Wright would no longer direct Ant-Man, citing “creative differences.”

And this Spring, we learned that Avengers: Age of Ultron will be the last Marvel film for Joss Whedon, who has been quite open about the issues he had working with Marvel on the film.