Marvel Studios' upcoming film Captain Marvel won't reach theaters until 2019, but the pieces are starting to come into place now. During San Diego Comic-Con 2016, it was announced that Oscar winner Brie Larson has been cast in the title role, and she very well could make her first Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance in another movie first. The hunt for a Captain Marvel director has been on ever since, and the studio seems close to making their decision.
It was recently revealed that Marvel had trimmed down their potential shortlist to a handful of candidates, including Niki Caro (McFarland, USA), Lesli Linka Glatter (The Walking Dead, Homeland), and Lorene Scafaria (New Girl, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World). Fittingly, the studio has made it a priority to give the Captain Marvel job to a female director, similar to Warner Bros./DC bringing Patty Jenkins on board for Wonder Woman. As Kevin Feige and company look for the right person, another name is being thrown into the mix: Rebecca Thomas.
The news comes courtesy of Jeff Sneider, who broke the development on his Twitter account. Thomas is most likely the mystery director Justin Kroll was talking about when the most updated list was made public:
Also, the mystery contender to direct CAPTAIN MARVEL is Rebecca Thomas, who I was hinting at months ago on the show. https://t.co/YDF2TMBkUm
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) August 26, 2016
Thomas is a relative unknown whose only full length feature to date is SXSW Film Festival selection Electrick Children, for which she and star Julia Garner received much attention. Thomas is currently in line to direct Universal's live-action The Little Mermaid with Chloe Grace Moretz in the title role. However, it should be noted that Little Mermaid is currently without a release date (and Disney is working on their own version), so depending on the production schedules, Thomas may be free to jump to Marvel before heading under the sea. It's also possible that she follows Sofia Coppola's footsteps and just abandons the Mermaid project entirely.
What's interesting is that Marvel is allegedly targeting directors who are not exactly well-versed in the realm of blockbuster entertainment, but that has long been one of their calling cards. Nobody figured Joe and Anthony Russo as premier superhero filmmakers, and they're now spearheading Phase 3 after delivering Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War. Jon Watts made small-scale works like Clown and Cop Car before he was handed Spider-Man: Homecoming. There are plenty of reasons why big studios would look at indie helmsmen (and women), but Marvel has shown an eye for talent. Right now, audiences have no reason to doubt their ability to pick the best potential Captain Marvel director possible.
Hopefully, an official announcement is made soon. Feige had previously stated he hopes to have a director in place by the end of the summer, and soon the calendar will turn to September 2016. One would think Marvel is close to reaching their final decision, and it will be fascinating to see who they ultimately go with. Phase 3 is shaping up to be the most ambitious and grandest period in the MCU, and there's pressure on each film to deliver.
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.
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