Diversity (or the lack thereof) has been a hot topic in the Hollywood Hills for quite some time. A-Listers from Shonda Rhimes to Viola Davis have sounded off, inspiring negative headlines and general discontent.
It would seem that a heroic effort is needed mend this wound. Enter Marvel Studios into the fray.
An exclusive report from The Wrap shows the comic empire has a strategic selection for the next additions to its film-making franchise. “Black Panther” is slated to hit the big screen November 2017, and Marvel has made it clear this movie will be directed by an African-American.
Moreover, as Marvel ushers in the first real black superhero (many don’t place Iron Man’s sidekicks War Machine and Falcon or even SHIELD’s Nick Fury in that category because they didn’t lead), a female heroine is coming with “Captain Marvel.” That’s why Marvel is searching for a star female director.
Acclaimed director Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) happens to be both. From The Wrap:
Marvel has had discussions with DuVernay about taking the reins of one of its marquee comic book properties and while the studio is considering other directors, there is mutual interest in having her join the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe, for those not in the nerd-know].
The next paragraph shows why this would be not only a movie win, but a #PRWin as well:
Marvel’s courtship surfaces on the same day that the American Civil Liberties Union asked state and federal agencies to investigate Hollywood’s hiring practices at major studios, networks and talent agencies. The ACLU has alleged rampant and intentional gender discrimination in recruiting and hiring female directors.
If DuVernay accepts this golden ticket into the hallowed MCU, Hollywood would be taking a big step in the right direction.