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Selma's Ava DuVernay says she's down for directing a Marvel movie

02.09.2015

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You can add another filmmaker to the list of directors who are up for helming a Marvel movie; SELMA's Ava DuVernay recently told HitFix she is open to directing a movie for the studio. DuVernay says she's not that familiar with Marvel's comics or their superheroes ("That would probably be the first step, figuring out what they got over there.") but said if Marvel gave her a call, she would like to do an origin story.

I'm not a big comic book fan, but I know that I love to deconstruct heroes, deconstruct myths. I probably would want to do some kind of origin story, where you get to the core of it, before they get the powers. I don't know about Marvel, but I know I love to tell all kinds of stories, so I don't say no to anything; everything's possible.

With Michelle MacLaren directing WONDER WOMAN for DC and Warner Bros., perhaps Marvel will at least take a look at Ava DuVernay for their upcoming solo female comic book movie, MS. MARVEL. Would you like to see DuVernay behind the camera for a Marvel film?

Ava DuVernay's SELMA is up for two Oscars (including Best Picture), and the 87th Academy Awards ceremony will air on ABC on February 22, 2015.

Source: HitFix

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11:23PM on 02/10/2015
AKA: Film director would like more work.

Hey Marvel just so you know, I am also available to direct a superhero movie. Just give me a buzz and I will quit my job immediately. Hell I won't even give them two weeks notice.
AKA: Film director would like more work.

Hey Marvel just so you know, I am also available to direct a superhero movie. Just give me a buzz and I will quit my job immediately. Hell I won't even give them two weeks notice.
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3:12AM on 02/10/2015
Pull a DC & just give her Captain Marvel, especially since Marvel is already known for hiring not so big named directors. I have no problem with her wanting to do one.
Pull a DC & just give her Captain Marvel, especially since Marvel is already known for hiring not so big named directors. I have no problem with her wanting to do one.
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11:08PM on 02/09/2015

I haven't seem Selma

but I admire her ambition.
but I admire her ambition.
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10:04PM on 02/09/2015
I think about that scene on the bridge in Selma, and I think the way she handled the brutality there demonstrated a narrative finesse that would play well in an action movie, dealing with spacial relation and keeping track of multiple people in the foreground and background. I did not think Selma was the best movie of last year, but in every way, I did think it was a very GOOD movie. And the director of that movie should continue to make movies, and grow as a director. I think DuVernay, based
I think about that scene on the bridge in Selma, and I think the way she handled the brutality there demonstrated a narrative finesse that would play well in an action movie, dealing with spacial relation and keeping track of multiple people in the foreground and background. I did not think Selma was the best movie of last year, but in every way, I did think it was a very GOOD movie. And the director of that movie should continue to make movies, and grow as a director. I think DuVernay, based on that film alone, could do great things on a larger scale.
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4:07PM on 02/09/2015

Still waiting for my Punisher: WZ follow up

I appreciate her honesty and i'd to see her take on the Punisher's continuation from WarZone, which i feel was CRIMINALLY underrated. Sure, it had its goofy over the top moments of brutality, but thats what made it alot of fun!

Bet yet, how about (dare i say it) a Hawk-Eye movie? Think American Sniper crossed with that Steve Austin dtv movie set entirely in the wilderness with Gary Daniels as an origin platform.
I appreciate her honesty and i'd to see her take on the Punisher's continuation from WarZone, which i feel was CRIMINALLY underrated. Sure, it had its goofy over the top moments of brutality, but thats what made it alot of fun!

Bet yet, how about (dare i say it) a Hawk-Eye movie? Think American Sniper crossed with that Steve Austin dtv movie set entirely in the wilderness with Gary Daniels as an origin platform.
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1:54PM on 02/09/2015

grea idea

Marvel has used quite a few directors with very little "big studio" experience. The Russo Brothers, Alan Taylor, Patty Jenkins (when she was attached to Thor 2), Shane Black! (only directed one movie before Iron Man 3).
There is no reason why this wouldn't work. Hire her on and give her the best 2nd unit you've got.
Marvel has used quite a few directors with very little "big studio" experience. The Russo Brothers, Alan Taylor, Patty Jenkins (when she was attached to Thor 2), Shane Black! (only directed one movie before Iron Man 3).
There is no reason why this wouldn't work. Hire her on and give her the best 2nd unit you've got.
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7:22PM on 02/09/2015
The Russo Brothers and Alan Taylor had a ton of experience from directing television series for networks. Shane Black wrote the Lethal Weapon movies, and it didn't hurt having RDJ in his pocket from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Ava can't hold a candle to the experience those guys had at the time they were hired on even though they didn't have a lot of feature film experience.
The Russo Brothers and Alan Taylor had a ton of experience from directing television series for networks. Shane Black wrote the Lethal Weapon movies, and it didn't hurt having RDJ in his pocket from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Ava can't hold a candle to the experience those guys had at the time they were hired on even though they didn't have a lot of feature film experience.
7:22PM on 02/09/2015
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1:38PM on 02/09/2015

I hate that

As soon as someone raises Ava DuVernay's name, people automatically assume a female or black lead film. I bet she would kick ass at directing Inhumans actually.
As soon as someone raises Ava DuVernay's name, people automatically assume a female or black lead film. I bet she would kick ass at directing Inhumans actually.
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2:08PM on 02/09/2015
You bet that based on what, exactly? Have you read her comments about the way she portrayed LBJ in her film? "How I see history.....How we see history."

Yeah, that's the kind of clear thinking we need in movies about comic book super-heroes......{/sarc}
You bet that based on what, exactly? Have you read her comments about the way she portrayed LBJ in her film? "How I see history.....How we see history."

Yeah, that's the kind of clear thinking we need in movies about comic book super-heroes......{/sarc}
12:56PM on 02/09/2015
Ava clearly has talents in (self)promotion. That is her background, she was a publicity consultant by trade. So, she's decided in the last few years that she wants to be a director. She's even made a couple of pretty good films. But Selma and Middle of Nowhere hardly prove she is capable of directing a big-budget studio action film. I'd like to see her make at least one or two smaller-budget studio films before she thinks about making that jump. She just seems so determined to leverage her
Ava clearly has talents in (self)promotion. That is her background, she was a publicity consultant by trade. So, she's decided in the last few years that she wants to be a director. She's even made a couple of pretty good films. But Selma and Middle of Nowhere hardly prove she is capable of directing a big-budget studio action film. I'd like to see her make at least one or two smaller-budget studio films before she thinks about making that jump. She just seems so determined to leverage her promoting skills to skip ahead, and I think that is going to end up hurting her more than it helps.
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12:42PM on 02/09/2015

Yeah, I know it's stereotypying

but I could see her style working for BLACK PANTHER, or BLACK WIDOW. Both are non-powered heroes in a super-powered universe, which would be a natural for someone who is not totally familiar with the Marvel universe. SELMA was damn good.

And yes, Marvel/Disney totally needs to make a BLACK WIDOW movie; Scarlett's beyond ready to headline her own action film.

And for those scoffing that she's unfamiliar with the MCU: not everybody reads comic books. Sometimes an outside perspective
but I could see her style working for BLACK PANTHER, or BLACK WIDOW. Both are non-powered heroes in a super-powered universe, which would be a natural for someone who is not totally familiar with the Marvel universe. SELMA was damn good.

And yes, Marvel/Disney totally needs to make a BLACK WIDOW movie; Scarlett's beyond ready to headline her own action film.

And for those scoffing that she's unfamiliar with the MCU: not everybody reads comic books. Sometimes an outside perspective can be a good one.

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12:24PM on 02/09/2015
"I probably would want to do some kind of origin story, where you get to the core of it, before they get the powers."

Yes, the best superhero stories are the ones before they actually get the powers, when they're regular people.
"I probably would want to do some kind of origin story, where you get to the core of it, before they get the powers."

Yes, the best superhero stories are the ones before they actually get the powers, when they're regular people.
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11:54AM on 02/09/2015

Great opportunity

I think what sometimes we as Marvel Cinematic Universe fans forget is that what makes the MCU so successful are the choices in directors and actors/actresses that brings these characters we love so much to life. I think it would be a great idea to have her direct a marvel movie because of her not knowing much about any of the characters. She'd bring a fresh take on any of the newer characters/storylines such as Captain Marvel, Inhumans, or Black Panther. Of course, she would do her research
I think what sometimes we as Marvel Cinematic Universe fans forget is that what makes the MCU so successful are the choices in directors and actors/actresses that brings these characters we love so much to life. I think it would be a great idea to have her direct a marvel movie because of her not knowing much about any of the characters. She'd bring a fresh take on any of the newer characters/storylines such as Captain Marvel, Inhumans, or Black Panther. Of course, she would do her research prior to actually directing the movie because she would understand how the fanbase can be. Selma was an incredible movie and it was shocking to not see her nominated for Best Director at the Oscars. She would be a great director for any of the upcoming MCU films.
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12:07PM on 02/09/2015
I agree with you. I could see her directing Captain Marvel, and she wouldn't go into the project blind. DuVernay would know everything about Carol Danvers, as will whatever lucky actress will get the role.
I agree with you. I could see her directing Captain Marvel, and she wouldn't go into the project blind. DuVernay would know everything about Carol Danvers, as will whatever lucky actress will get the role.
11:26AM on 02/09/2015

"I've never looked at a comic book" -Ok, would you like to direct a film based on one?

Of course she would want to direct a Marvel film, she would make serious bank. I'm sure Selma is a good movie but I would prefer the director have some basis of interest in comics AT THE VERY LEAST. Otherwise, it's just a paycheck movie for them with no real passion for the material.
Of course she would want to direct a Marvel film, she would make serious bank. I'm sure Selma is a good movie but I would prefer the director have some basis of interest in comics AT THE VERY LEAST. Otherwise, it's just a paycheck movie for them with no real passion for the material.
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1:12PM on 02/09/2015
I agree. That was a pretty stupid thing to say.
I agree. That was a pretty stupid thing to say.
11:24AM on 02/09/2015

This is like so not news.

"Would you like a money?"
"Oh yes, money me now, me a money needing a lot now."
Also HUGE eye roll at the "I love to deconstruct heroes/myths."
That's very good, that's very brainy. Ech.
This is exactly the same as all those gossip articles "thiiiiis person would be down to play a superhero". It's only news when someone says they WOULDNT do a superhero movie.
"Would you like a money?"
"Oh yes, money me now, me a money needing a lot now."
Also HUGE eye roll at the "I love to deconstruct heroes/myths."
That's very good, that's very brainy. Ech.
This is exactly the same as all those gossip articles "thiiiiis person would be down to play a superhero". It's only news when someone says they WOULDNT do a superhero movie.
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11:05AM on 02/09/2015
I wouldn't mind her being considered for Black Panther based off how successful Selma was.
I wouldn't mind her being considered for Black Panther based off how successful Selma was.
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