CAPTAIN MARVEL director shortlist revealed

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Marvel Studios is certainly looking to get behind the character Captain Marvel as not only a strong end-point to the current Phase of their cinematic universe, but also as a potential setup for future forays into the multiverse after the currently planned crops of films comes to an end, with The Avengers: Infinity War movie and as yet untitled 4th Avengers film. And with a character named after their own name, it makes sense that they want to make it an epic film, as this is their own brand name they are messing with.

We obviously already have our Captain Marvel herself in Brie Larson, who I think fits the role perfectly well. However, what we don’t have for the film yet before it can hit production, is a director. Something which Marvel is actively looking to find. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, they have currently shortlisted the following directors: Niki Caro, Lesli Glatter and Lorene Scafaria.

Based on this brief shortlist, it seems that Marvel is sticking with its plan of choosing directors more famous for smaller production sto helm their big budget films. And also, in fitting in with its first female led movie, they are looking to add a female director as well, something which DC Comics is also doing with their Wonder Woman film.

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And while these three directors are not exactly household names, they do have some impressive directing backgrounds. Caro directed the widely acclaimed Whale Rider. Glatter has directed episodes in big series such as Homeland, Mad Men and The West Wing, while Scafaria wrote Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and directed Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Again, not exactly blockbuster credentials, but with Marvel’s track record, that will be set to change.

And apparently the shortlist used to be longer with The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent and Kung Fu Panda 2’s Jennifer Yuh also in contention, but both falling out of the running. No reasons have yet been given on the reasons for this and I’m pretty sure none will be forthcoming.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to seeing what any of these shortlisted directors can do with the film. Marvel is making a habit of turning indie film directors into household names and so I have no doubt that several years from now, one of these names will become well recognized and respected by all comic fans.

Captain Marvel is currently planned for release on March 8, 2019. That still gives them some time to find the right director for the film, but also likely to mean we can expect to hear a name in the not so distant future.

Which of these names do you think will land the role of director for the film?

Last Updated: August 26, 2016

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I'd rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

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