Usually, the stuff churned out by the Hollywood rumor mill is just upsetting, weird, or infuriating. But every so often, that mill produces an idea so beautiful, so right, that we know immediately that it has to be real.
This is one of those times.
The report, according to The Wrap, is that Ava DuVernay is being courted to direct one of the new Marvel movies in the pipeline, with either "Captain Marvel" or "Black Panther" being the likeliest candidates.
Though it's all just unconfirmed whispers for now, the mere idea of DuVernay at the helm of a superhero flick has been enough to get the internet extremely excited -- and it would be a major coup for the studio, as she's become one of the most coveted names in Hollywood since her wild success with "Selma." But getting Ava Duvernay behind the camera for a Marvel movie wouldn't just be good for Marvel, or for superhero movies in general, or even for DuVernay herself: it would be a beautiful gift to the world at large. Here's why.
Because it's a perfect next step after "Selma."
When your last movie reached dizzying heights of awards buzz and acclaim -- as "Selma" did for DuVernay -- picking a new, next feature film project from the hundreds of possibilities can be a challenge. But by stepping into the Marvel universe, Ava DuVernay would be giving herself a well-deserved break from the rigors of Serious Filmmaking, while still staying true to her commitment to making creative, inclusive, countercultural movies that give a voice to stories worth telling.
Because ladies can do stuff now and you're going to learn to deal with it.
Fresh on the heels of the announcement from the A.C.L.U. that Hollywood has serious problems when it comes to putting women behind the camera, the rumor that a woman -- and a woman of color, at that -- might take the reins on one of Marvel's blockbuster movies is a nice tip of the cap to how good some progress would look. Picture Ava DuVernay taking the reins on "Captain Marvel" or "Black Panther," and it's not a far step from there to picture a future where female directors are helming half the movies in Hollywood, where female roles get the benefit of complex characterization and lots of good lines, and (dare we say it?) where we finally, finally get a freakin' "Black Widow" standalone film already, GEEZ.
And because if she does it once, you guys, she might do it again.
Just as Joss Whedon stuck around to add "Avengers: Age of Ultron" to his list of Marvel movie contributions, if Ava DuVernay has a good experience making her own Marvel flick, she might make two of them. Or three. Or five. The point is, if Hollywood can cut out the nonsense that makes it so tough for women to make superhero films, we might well be graced with a "Wonder Woman" or "Black Widow" or "Fantastic Four" flick by a megatalented director. Don't screw it up, Hollywood.