Gina Prince-Bythewood becomes first woman of color to direct Marvel superhero film
Gina Prince-Bythewood is being billed as the first woman of color to ever direct a superhero movie. The director of Love & Basketball and Beyond the Lights and co-creator of the currently popular Shots Fired has been tapped by Marvel to sit in the director’s chair for a film entitled Silver & Black, according to The Verge.
Silver & Black will be an extension of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and focus on two female figures from the Spider-Man mythos – Silver Sable and Black Cat. Many fans of Spider-Man are aware of Black Cat, also known as Felicia Hardy, for her status as a top-tier thief and on-again, off-again love interest of Spider-Man. But Silver Sable, a mercenary who always fights for the survival of her home country of Symkaria, may be unfamiliar to some.
If all goes well, the film should be released sometime in 2018. This won’t be Prince-Bythewood’s first venture into the superhero genre, though. She’s already directed an episode of Freeform’s Cloak & Dagger series.
[Note: Ava DuVernay was once in talks to direct Marvel’s Black Panther but passed. ]