By the time Captain Marvel gets its chance to shine in theaters, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be over a decade old, but just then giving audiences the first one that is led by a woman. We learned earlier this summer that Brie Larson had landed the coveted lead role, but she could be making her debut before then. Even though production is not set to begin for a full year at least, the movie is still without a director, and Marvel is working towards bringing on a woman to take the job as well.
There have been plenty of names and rumored contenders for the job, but Marvel could now be nearing a decision. A brand new shortlist for potential Captain Marvel directors has surfaced – featuring a familiar name, two newcomers, and a possible surprise.
THR has revealed that among the names in consideration stands Niki Caro (McFarland, USA) once again, but also Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria. Glatter has a storied portfolio on television directing episodes of House, The Walking Dead, and most recently multiple episodes for Homeland. Scafaria has previously directed television as well with New Girl, but also has a few movies under her belt as well – such as Seeking A Friend For The End of The World and most recently, The Meddler. Those might not be the only names in consideration, with Justin Kroll of Variety teasing another name in contention.
@Borys_Kit You're missing one— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) August 24, 2016
Both reporters have stated that Marvel is in no rush to land a director for the project, with THR stating that the women being considered will soon get treatments to work off of and present their pitches to Marvel. These are not the only names being considered at the time either, but this potential list of four or more women means Marvel has made progress recently. Kevin Feige stated after San Diego Comic-Con 2016 that the shortlist was down to 10 directors, so a decision is coming sooner rather than later.
Now, we must wait for another report to come out regarding the status of the pre-production phases of Captain Marvel, but the important thing is Marvel securing the right person for the job. They previously struck out with Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) directing Thor: The Dark World and do not want that to happen again. Should this movie be good, it will be a launching point in a career for whoever lands the gig. Now it is up to Marvel to find that perfect fit.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.