During her closing keynote at the 2015 BlogHer conference, Ava DuVernay opened up about her meetings with Marvel for Black Panther. DuVernay says she did research on the character and it wasn’t until she realized the cultural impact that Black Panther could have that her excitement increased.
DuVernay also touched on a subject that has been brought up before about Marvel films. Marvels directors do not get to bring their personalities along for the ride if it doesn’t mesh with the plans Marvel has for their universe. This causes numerous directors not to get involved with them or quit. Directors like Edgar Wright who was once attached to direct Ant-Man who quit due to different visions of what Ant-Man should be and Patty Jenkins who was signed on to direct Thor: The Dark World and left due to “Creative differences”. DuVernay felt that it would have been more of a Marvel film than an Ava DuVernay film. She states
I, for one, don’t blame DuVernay for ending talks with Marvel and I don’t blame Marvel for knowing what they want and which direction their films need to go. Sometimes relationships work and sometimes they don’t. DuVernay will continue to be successful without Marvel and Marvel will continue it’s success without DuVernay. What do you guys think? Does Marvel have too much control or do they have the right amount of control to keep their movies successful?