Gina Prince-Bythewood becomes 1st woman of color to direct superhero movie

Gina Prince-Bythewood is adding a historic achievement to her filmmaking career.

Deadline reported Thursday that Sony Pictures has tapped Prince-Bythewood to direct the forthcoming Spider Man spinoff film, “Silver & Black.” The film, which was originally written by “Thor: The Dark World” writer, Christopher Yost, will find Prince-Bythewood rewriting the script and becoming the first woman of color to direct a superhero movie.

Based on Marvel’s legendary Spider Man characters, Black Cat and Silver Sable, the film will follow Spider Man’s mercenary antagonist and ally (Silver Sable) and an acrobatic cat burglar (Black Cat), who has a romantic history with Spider Man, according to Marvel’s site.

Prince-Bythewood, who just directed the season finale of her Fox drama series, “Shots Fired,” will also direct the pilot for Marvel’s upcoming series “Cloak & Dagger.

Prince-Bythewood is just the latest in the growing list of black filmmakers, including Cheo Hodari Coker (“Luke Cage”), Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”), and Mara Brock and Salim Akil (“Black Lightning”), who are also helming Marvel projects.

“Silver & Black” is scheduled to hit theaters in October 2018.