Marvel Studios producer Victoria Alonso hopes more female directors join the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the years to come. There's a new era coming in Hollywood, one that looks to allow for more diverse voices to influence the film business. Studios are more vigilante than ever to bring women and people of color behind and in front of the camera. That not only goes for the small indie films that are hoping for awards, but also the biggest blockbusters. Just look at what Wonder Woman and Black Panther did financially, critically, and culturally, and its easy to see why these won't be anomalies in the grand scheme.
Marvel is currently enjoying the success of Black Panther's record breaking numbers, and have made it clear that a more diverse lineup is in their future. That will continue with Captain Marvel, where Anna Boden becomes the first female director in the MCU. She will be co-directing with Ryan Fleck on Marvel's first solo female superhero movie led by Brie Larson. But, one Marvel producer hopes there will be many more women hired in the future to helm MCU movies on their own.
THR spoke to Alonso about a variety of topics (including Michelle Pfeiffer's possible role in an upcoming Avengers film). During that interview, Alonso was asked when Marvel would hire a solo female director. Not only does she think that will happen soon, but she's hopeful that there will be several hires in the future:
Soon, I hope. Here’s the thing: We want the best person for the job. I don’t think it’s fair to the movie to say, “This has to be directed by a man,” or “That has to be directed by a woman.” I think it has to be a conscious search for the best human — and hopefully the best human, as we continue to fill out our slate, is half and half.
As part of the Disney umbrella, the future hires for Marvel Studios could come with familiar faces. Niki Caro is set to direct Mulan for Disney, Thea Sharrock is directing The One and Only Ivan, and Jennifer Lee is leading Frozen 2. There's no guarantees that any of them will get a MCU movie, but they've already got ties if they're interested. Other candidates could include any of the women considered for Captain Marvel before Boden and Fleck were chosen, or any rising names out of the indie scene.
What Marvel's future is going to contain still is a mystery, but it would be surprising if there weren't multiple female directors in Phase 4. The title of "first solo female MCU director" will likely go to whoever is hired to direct Scarlett Johansson's long-awaited Black Widow solo film. Beyond that, female directors could be brought in to direct another new franchises, and not just ones headlined by female superheroes either. Marvel Studios has big plans for the future, and it sounds like they will definitely play a part in giving female directors some of the biggest jobs in Hollywood.
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019