Ava DuVernay will not be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe after all. Rumors that the Selma director was in talks to direct Black Panther, the 2017 standalone starring Chadwick Boseman, turned out to be true, but it wasn’t an ideal match.
“I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be,” she told Essence, during the Essence festival in New Orleans on Saturday. “Marvel has a certain way of doing things and I think they’re fantastic and a lot of people love what they do. I loved that they reached out to me.”
Last month, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed that he had spoken to DuVernay about the property.
“I loved meeting Chadwick and writers and all the Marvel execs,” DuVernay told Essence. “In the end, it comes down to story and perspective. And we just didn’t see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later. … I love the character of Black Panther, the nation of Wakanda and all that that could be visually. I wish them well and will be first in line to see it.”
DuVernay is currently filming a murder mystery and love story with Selma star David Oyelowo, set against Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
For more from the director, including what happened to her CBS pilot For Justice, head to Essence.