There was plenty of new information and footage to digest following the Marvel Studios Hall H panel during San Diego Comic-Con 2016, and one of the biggest announcements to come out of their presentation was the casting of Captain Marvel. Oscar winner Brie Larson was introduced as the newest member of the Marvel family, locked in to play Carol Danvers in the upcoming 2019 film. The next order of business for Kevin Feige and company is to find the right director for the project.
Over the weekend, it was revealed that the shortlist has been narrowed down to 10 possible candidates, but no names were provided. But now, one prospect has been identified, shedding some insight on Marvel's approach to finding a filmmaker for Captain Marvel.
Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander was asked by a fan on Twitter if she was in the running for the Captain Marvel job. While Alexander stated she is not (at least, at this point in time), she did mention someone who is, and it's a person with experience with superheroes: Rachel Talalay.
— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) July 25, 2016
For the uninitiated, Talalay is a well-known television director who has been working since the early 1990s. Modern audiences are most likely familiar with her work on shows like Doctor Who, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. She also helmed the first episode of Sherlock's fourth season, which will premiere in 2017. Talalay has received a handful of accolades during her career, including a BAFTA nomination for Best British Film (producing The Followers in 1997) and a Hugo Award nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form for the "Heaven Sent" episode of Doctor Who. Though Talalay hasn't directed a feature film since 1995's Tank Girl, she still has plenty of experience and has a strong handle on genre material, making her a good choice.
Previous reports speculated that indie filmmakers such as Emily Carmichael and Elizabeth Wood were in talks with the studio, and even Angelina Jolie was rumored at one point. It isn't any surprise that Marvel is allegedly considering multiple female directors to call the shots on Captain Marvel, seeing that this will be the first time a superheroine headlines one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe installments on her own (The Wasp is co-lead on Ant-Man & the Wasp). While it isn't required to hire a woman to make this particular entry, Marvel would most likely come under intense scrutiny if they didn't. The studio has been criticized for a perceived lack of diversity, and Warner Bros. is beating them to the punch by releasing Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman next summer.
Feige has mentioned that it was his intention to lock in a star and director for Captain Marvel by summer's end. Half of the puzzle is now complete with Larson's casting, so ideally there will be confirmation on a helmer in the near future. It will be interesting to see who the studio ultimately goes with, since Captain Marvel could end up being one of the more crucial movies of the MCU's Phase 3. They've done an admirable job in bringing in top-notch talent from day one, so chances are they'll find another quality filmmaker for this one as well.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. 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 Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.
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