Though it isn’t due to hit theaters until 2019, fans are excited about the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. There hasn’t been much information released about the film yet, but we do know that certain key details should arrive sooner rather than later.
Aside from who will play the titular hero, one of the big things that fans are waiting to find out is who will direct the film. Though indie filmmaker Emily Carmichael was the rumored favorite to helm Captain Marvel, new sources suggest that Marvel might be going with someone else: White Girl director Elizabeth Wood.
According to We Got This Covered, Marvel representatives had a private meeting with Wood last week to discuss the possibility of her coming on to direct Captain Marvel. It’s believed that the meeting was set up by Wood’s husband, producer Gabriel Nussbaum, who has worked with Wood on all of her professional projects to date. There’s no word yet on how successful this initial meeting was, though the source seemed to suggest that Marvel was definitely interested in Wood coming aboard the film.
Given the controversy surrounding White Girl, a coming-of-age drama that heavily featured sex and drug use in the plot, Wood seems like a bit of a departure from the typical Marvel director. It’s worth remembering, however, that Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson is primarily a director of R-rated horror films, so Marvel is certainly willing to draw directors from other genres. It’s possible that Marvel sees something in Wood that’s relatable to Captain Marvel as the character is envisioned for the screen.
What’s really interesting about this news is that Carmichael seemed almost perfectly suited to direct a superhero film. Most of her work to date has been comic and sci-fi oriented, and the cosmic origins of Carol Danvers’ powers would fit well within her range of work. If Marvel does go with Wood, then we might see a more complex version of Carol than we would have otherwise. A Carmichael-directed Captain Marvel might be closer to the standard Marvel fare, which isn’t a bad thing either.
Regardless of whether Marvel chooses Wood or Carmichael — or if both of these rumors prove to be just that — fans may not know what to expect when Captain Marvel hits the screen. Carmichael’s body of work is relatively small, and White Girl was Wood’s feature-length directorial debut. This suggests that Marvel’s going for a fresh female voice to bring one of its most powerful female characters to the screen, which could certainly mean good things for the character.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Source: We Got This Covered