New ‘Captain Marvel’ Director Frontrunners Revealed

By August 24, 2016

While Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel isn’t set to get her own standalone movie until 2019 (a three year wait that seems much longer from where we’re sitting), the character is rumored to be appearing/making her introduction in Avengers: Infinity War first and considering Brie Larson was recently announced to be playing the character in the film, it certainly sounds like the studio isn’t wasting any time getting everything sorted out for their new female-led superhero franchise.

Larson is already hard at work researching for the role right now, and following previous reports of several female directors being eyed by Marvel to direct the 2019 film, it looks like the studio’s search has been narrowed down to three contenders right now.

THR is reporting that Niki Caro (McFarland, USA), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland), and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend For the End of the World) are all apparently on the shortlist to direct the Captain Marvel standalone film currently. The search has apparently been whittled down over the past few months as well, after Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Jennifer Yuh (Kung Fu Panda 2) were also being eyed by the studio for the project.

Marvel has reportedly made finding a female director for the film a key in their search for a filmmaker, similar to their passion to enlist a black director for the 2018 standalone Black Panther film, which is currently set to be helmed by Creed‘s Ryan Coogler.

The report states that despite having a fairly small shortlist right now, we shouldn’t expect to hear an announcement anytime soon from the studio, as Marvel is taking their time and being incredibly deliberate with their choice for the project right now. Considering the film isn’t set to hit theatres until 2019 either, I’d say that they’ve got some time on their hands before they really have to make a decision… no matter how badly I personally want to know who’s directing the film.

Captain Marvel is set to hit theatres on March 8th, 2019.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable