Gina Prince-Bythewood is first woman of color to direct superhero film

Sony has announced a new Marvel movie called Silver & Black, based on the Spiderman characters Silver Sable and Black Cat.

With this announcement is also history in the making, as Gina Prince-Bythewood has been announced as the director for the movie, which is slated to come out in 2018, making her the first woman of color to direct a superhero movie.

This isn’t Prince-Bythewood’s first foray into the world of superheroes or even the world of Marvel heroes, either. She directed the pilot for Marvel’s upcoming series Cloak & Dagger.

Prince-Bythewood will be rewriting Thor: The Dark World writer Christopher Yost’s script for the movie, which will come out after Sony’s Venom movie starring Tom Hardy.

While the announcement is exciting for superhero fans and for the future of women and women of color in directing this kind of project, we’ll have to hold our breath that it stays true. After all, Ava DuVernay was supposedly in talks to direct Marvel’s Black Panther movie before turning it down over creative differences.

Ryan Coogler is now set to direct the film. With Coogler on Black Panther and Patty Jenkins directing Wonder Woman, that’s it for diversity in superhero directors, so we’re really hoping Sony sticks with it for Silver & Black.