Ava DuVernay Discusses Meeting With Marvel For ‘Black Panther’

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.

For me, it was a process of trying to figure out, are these people I want to go to bed with? Because it’s really a marriage, and for this, it would be three years. It’d be three years of not doing other things that are important to me. So it was a question of, is this important enough for me to do? At one point, the answer was yes, because I thought there was value in putting that kind of imagery and culture in a worldwide, huge way that they do in a certain way: flying, exciting action, fun, all those things, and yet still be focused on a black man as a hero — that would be pretty revolutionary,

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

What my name is on means something to me — these are my children, this is my art. This is what will live on after I’m gone. So it’s important to me that that be true to who I was in this moment. And if there’s too much compromise, it really wasn’t going to be an Ava DuVernay film.

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?


(Nate Brail)

Heroic Staff

Heroic Staff

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