Marvel Studios will soon announce for female directors for their Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. It is no secret that the first 10 years of the MCU have been predominantly male. After all this time, though, the studio is finally turning the corner to add more diversity into their films. That effort has brought the likes of Ryan Coogler and Taika Waititi onboard already, but it is Anna Boden who will be the first female to receive directing credit with Marvel.
Boden is co-directing Captain Marvel with Ryan Fleck, and while that move is a step forward, many are still waiting for a female to solely direct an MCU film. Such a move is coming, as it appears Black Widow is firmly in the director searching stage. Whoever lands that job will be the first solo female MCU director, but she won't be the last.
GameSpot spoke to Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige as part of Ant-Man and The Wasp's promotional tour. The outlet asked Feige when fans can expect additional female director announcements. He is still being cagey about the future, but does say those announcements will be made known, eventually. He said: "We've got announcements that we'll be making at some point revealing that."
Marvel Studios is currently attempting to keep all Phase 4 plans under wraps until after Avengers 4, but those plans should be revealed within the next year. The greatest chance is with Black Widow, a film that just added another female director to the shortlist. The current frontrunner is Cate Shortland, and should she get hired, she'd be the one chosen from at least 65 directors Marvel met with. It isn't known if that figure strictly applies to female directors, but a majority of them likely are. While only one of them can direct Black Widow, Marvel could've found women directors to bring aboard different projects as a result of these meetings.
As the MCU moves forward, the hiring of more women looks to be a major point of concentration for the studio. Marvel Studios producer Victoria Alonso previously said she hopes half of MCU's future films are directed by women. If they are going to come close to making that a reality, they'll need dozens of female directors as long as the MCU continues on. It isn't just behind the camera where representation is important either. Feige recently told Screen Rant that the MCU will soon have more female heroes than male ones. With Evangeline Lilly receiving co-billing on Ant-Man and The Wasp, Brie Larson heading up Captain Marvel, and Johansson pairing up with a female director on Black Widow, the future looks to be female for Marvel Studios.
- 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