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Ava DuVernay: Why She Passed On ‘Black Panther’

Earlier this month, Ava DuVernay shocked fans when she announced that she wouldn’t be directing Black Panther.

The possibility would have made her the first Black woman to direct a Marvel movie. So when she declined, audiences wondered why.

Initially, she stated, “I think I’ll just say we had different ideas about what the story would be…And we just didn’t see eye to eye. Better for me to realize that now than cite creative differences later.”

Now that the wound has healed a bit, the filmmaker has opened up even more about her decision.

During her keynote speech at the BlogHer conference over the weekend, she told the crowd, “It wasn’t really going to be an Ava DuVernay film.” Here’s what else she had to say:

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: fun, exciting, action, funny, all those things, and yet still be focused on a Black man as a hero. That would be pretty revolutionary. These films go everywhere from Shanghai to Uganda. Nothing that I probably will make will reach that many people, so I found value in that. That’s how the conversations continued, because that’s what I was interested in. But everyone’s interested in different things.

Read her full response at Vulture.