“Diversity has become a key piece of Marvel’s comic line heading into “All-New All-Different Marvel,” and over in its film division studio President Kevin Feige says there’s a “big shift happening” behind the scenes, even going up to the choice of directors for the upcoming Black Panther andCaptain Marvel movies as touched upon in an interview forThe Hollywood Reporter.
“It’s an issue across the industry, for sure. And the issue is, we need to find the best director for any given movie. And that’s really where we always start. If diversity is part of that, it’s great. It’s important,” Feige said. “You will start to see things across the industry as a whole change as more filmmakers come up through the ranks and become part of making movies like this.”
Although all of the Marvel Studios’ have been directed by white men, the Studio has attempted to hire outside of that in the past. Patty Jenkins was hired for Thor: The Dark World but left two months in over “creative differences,” and in the early 2000s they hired John Singleton for a planned Luke Cage film that was cancelled.
“I think it will happen sooner rather than later, without giving too much away,” Feige said. “But you look back sometimes, and it’s just the nature of this industry, or the nature of the culture. But there’s a big shift happening. What’s exciting about Marvel, go back and look at the source material: It’s been diverse in a cutting-edge way going back to the ’60s, and I think we’ve represented that effortlessly and accurately in the movies we’ve made up to this point, but certainly with Black Panther and Captain Marvel doing it in a much more overt and purposeful way.”
Feige said that directors for both films should be chosen by the end of summer emphasizing Black Panther especially. Recently there’s been rumors that Selma director Ava DuVernay had already been hired to direct, and Feige said that she’s one of several directors the studio has met with but no decision has been made…”