One of the most common complaints throughout the current superhero movie craze has been the notable lack of female leads, with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow of the Marvel cinematic universe perhaps the most popular fan favorite who has not headlined her own film.
DC Comics may beat its rival to the punch, however, with director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman this summer, but the Marvel universe will finally release its first female-led installment when Captain Marvel hits theaters in March 2019.
Oscar winner Brie Larson will star as Carol Danvers, who earns supernatural abilities after her genes are fused with that of a Kree alien. While we know Danvers’ origin story will be tweaked for the film version, one critical piece of information we have yet to learn about the film is who will direct it.
Now, Variety writer Justin Kroll has tweeted Marvel Studios is no longer in a hurry to make a director announcement.
@khevey6 Marvel in no rush, waiting to get a script they are happy with. No need to rush since PANTHER, INFINITY and ANT-MAN come before it
— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) January 31, 2017
That’s a pretty dramatic about-face from what we’d been hearing just last fall, when it seemed inevitable that Captain Marvel news would hit before the end of 2016. Still, Kroll’s comments indicate that Marvel still hasn’t cracked the story just yet, and given the cosmic aspects of Danvers’ tale, the creative team may not have decided how she fits into the complex tapestry of characters that have been introduced so far.
Plus, the fact that Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War already are filming could mean Marvel’s energies are otherwise focused on the epic scope of those two ambitious releases, the latter of which could involve any number of the 60-something characters at play in the cinematic universe.
At this point, it’s uncertain if any of the intriguing indie filmmakers previously reported to be on the Captain Marvel shortlist are still up for the job. That included names like Niki Caro from Whale Rider, Lesli Linka Glatter who is currently heavily involved in Showtime’s Homeland, and Lorene Scafaria, who has yet to direct anything but did receive some attention for writing Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.
For now, it seems the project is stuck in the script phase. But considering how much time Marvel Studios has until cameras need to start rolling, fans should probably be thankful the studio is so intent on ensuring its first female-led release does the character justice.
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