Marvel Hires First Black Screenwriter For Film With Mahershala Ali

Marvel hires first black screenwriter for film with Mahershala Ali.

One of the new films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be Blade, starring Mahershala Ali. The production has just found its screenwriter and it will be Stacy Osei-Kuffour, responsible for the award-winning Watchmen, for which the writer was nominated for the Writers Guild Award.

Marvel has spent the past six months meeting with screenwriters for a thorough research with which Ali was directly involved. Only black writers were taken seriously, reflecting Marvel’s focus on diversity and bringing representation as a key factor.

It is also a reflection of how representation, at least at Disney and Marvel, is of great importance when dealing with non-white characters. David Goyer wrote the three original New Line Blade films that were released between 1998 and 2004.

Stacy Osei-Kuffour becomes the first black writer to write a Marvel film. Nia DaCosta, working on Captain Marvel 2, is Marvel ‘s first black director.

Osei-Kuffour is a rapidly rising screenwriter who worked on PEN15, the series earned her an Emmy nomination for best script in a comedy series. Then she was part of the Watchmen writing team, produced by HBO, with 11 Emmy statuettes. She also served as an editor on  Hunters – the Amazon series that features Al Pacino and Lorgan Lerman as Nazi hunters in 1970s America – and HBO’s Run , starring Domnhall Gleeson and produced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

So, Marvel hires first black screenwriter for film!

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