Disney and Marvel announced nearly two years ago that a Captain Marvel movie was in development, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3. The film was first announced for 2018 and later pushed back to early 2019. A pair of writers, Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out), were hired last year, with the promise in April that casting and director would be announced this summer.
Marvel lived up to the first part of that promise this week at San Diego Comic-Con, revealing that Brie Larson will be playing Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, the first female superhero to headline a Marvel movie solo. Now, there’s noise that the second half of that - the announcement of a director - will come soon as well.
In an interview at Comic-Con with ComingSoon, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed that the Captain Marvel movie is down to a “short list” of ten directors, with a decision expected by the end of the summer. None of the ten contenders were named. In terms of when Captain Marvel will begin production, it's unlikely the film will start in the next year since Ant-Man and the Wasp is expected to enter production June 2017.
As for when Larson's Carol will be introduced in the MCU, Feige said she won't be making any appearances in other Marvel movies prior to her solo film. That is, he said cryptically, "unless she does."
So, who should direct Captain Marvel? Indie filmmaker Emily Carmichael has been rumored for the film, as have accomplished directors Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), according to a /Film report last month. Michelle MacLaren, who was director of DC’s Wonder Woman movie before she was removed, has directed some astonishing action on Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones, and absolutely deserves another chance. There are also a pair of directors who have worked with Larson on her best independent films - Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) and Lenny Abrahamson (Room).
Or on the other hand, Marvel could go with an old hand (Joss Whedon? The Russo Brothers?), or a big name who hasn’t ever worked with Marvel before. Who Marvel chooses to direct Captain Marvel remains to be seen, but it should be announced soon.
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.