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The Women Who Should Be Directing Superhero Movies Now

We've been suffering from SMOS — Superhero Movie Overload Syndrome — for several months now. It's real, and it's debilitating. There are simply too many of these films, and too few of them are actually good. I, on the other hand, have let the condition manifest itself in less elegant ways. On Saturday, I went on a too-loud rant at a barbecue about how badly the Avengers franchise needs a shakeup ("Ooh, can't wait for another movie where Robert Downey Jr. says something quippy and Chris Evans makes a sad face, and then everybody fights in extreme close-up for 22 minutes!").

We came very close to a cure this weekend, though, when news leaked that Ava DuVernay of "Selma" would direct Chadwick Boseman in Marvel's Black Panther movie. Alas, DuVernay told Essence that she considered taking on the project, but that her vision ultimately differed with Marvel's. My extremely uneducated guess? We would've liked hers better.

Because here's the thing: People will show up for these movies no matter what. It's the perfect opportunity to experiment with change, and we know the perfect people to shake things up: these six directors. Please, superhero movie powers that be. New blood is our only hope.

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