It’s been nearly a year and a half since Disney and Marvel announced, in October of 2014, that Captain Marvel was among the superhero films being developed for “Phase 3” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, we don’t know a whole lot yet about what to expect from the film - the first modern Marvel movie to be soley headlined by a female superhero (unlike 2018's Ant-Man and The Wasp).
The writing team of Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) has been in place for nearly a year, for a film originally announced with a 2018 release - and since delayed to March of 2019. Yet despite all sorts of rumors, neither a star or a director has yet been announced for the project. Reports are that we’ll be finding out both of those in the near future, though.
As reported on Fandango, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spoke about the project during the Captain America: Civil War press day, saying that the studio expects to announce its Captain Marvel, along with other cast members and the film’s director, in the coming months.
"I think we’ll be announcing a filmmaker in the next month or two, and probably some cast members later in the summer, at the end of the summer," Feige said. The “next month or two” timetable would put the announcement would sync up well with the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, in July. Feige added that the film will be an origin story in nature- describing the plot as "about Carol Danvers and that journey to being Captain Marvel."
Rumors a year ago that Captain Marvel had been “secretly cast” appear not to have come true - and with such big-name stars ranging from Emily Blunt to Jessica Chastain (both of whom costar in the upcoming The Huntsman: Winter's War) to even Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence and Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation breakout Rebecca Ferguson have mentioned as taking on the role. Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie is among the directors rumored to be in the running.
Should it be concerning to Marvel fans, that no director or star is in place for Captain Marvel at this stage during the film's development process? Not at all, mostly because the movie's release date still remains three years away and Marvel Studios has plenty of time to make sure it has a solid script in place first.
That isn't to say that getting Captain Marvel right isn’t important. There’s a large constituency of Marvel fans to whom this project means a whole lot (it being the first Marvel Studios film solidly headlined by a female superhero), so the decisions regarding the cast and director should be made with great care. One suggestion for director would be Michelle MacLaren, who has proven with some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones that she can handle intricate action in an exciting way - and she was once lined up to direct the Wonder Woman solo film, at that.
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.