Nearly two years after announcing a Captain Marvel film, it seems the studio that shares the movie’s name is close to finally choosing a director. And we could know before popping the champagne to 2017.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige began meeting with several possible choices last August, according to The Hollywood Reporter, including Niki Caro from Whale Rider, Lorene Scafaria from Seeking a Friend For the End of the World, and Lesli Linka Glatter from the Showtime series Homeland. But so far, a decision hasn’t been made.
While talking about the upcoming release of another Marvel film, Doctor Strange, Feige updated Vulture on what the hell was holding up the process.
“I expect to have a director by the end of the year. We’ve been meeting amazing filmmakers, but often the way we work, as was the case on Doctor Strange and most of our movies, is that we have a … I don’t want to say a ‘road map,’ but we have a general view of what the movie is, and then we meet with filmmakers and share that with them and then they pitch it back to us in a better fashion.
With Captain Marvel, there’s so much potential in the comics and there have been so many incarnations of her powers and the characters who’ve had that mantle that we’ve been focusing in on exactly how do we tell her origin. How does it fit into the cosmic side of our universe? How does it fit into what we’re doing with the next Avengers movies? So really, that’s what’s been delaying that particular announcement.”
Oscar-winner Brie Larson was cast in the title role earlier this summer, just in time to appear onstage at San Diego Comic-Con alongside the rest of the Marvel family. Feige said he was excited about Larson’s involvement, promising that Captain Marvel would be an important addition to the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“It’s very important to us that all of our heroes do not become silhouette-perfect cutout icons. All of the Marvel characters have flaws to them, all of them have a deep humanity to them.
“With Captain Marvel, she is as powerful a character as we’ve ever put in a movie. Her powers are off the charts, and when she’s introduced, she will be by far the strongest character we’ve ever had. It’s important, then, to counterbalance that with someone who feels real. She needs to have a humanity to tap into, and Brie can do that.”
Captain Marvel is currently slated to hit theaters on March 8, 2019.
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