Marvel is still taking its time finding a director for its first female lead superhero film, Captain Marvel. After the studio announced Brie Larson in the title role at Comic-Con, several sources confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the studio had it zeroed in on three female directors — Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) and Lesi Linka Glatter (Homeland). As of today, the studio has still not made its decision, however. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has promised they will have made their choice by the end of the year.
In an interview with Vulture, Feige was asked what the holdup was. His response:
I expect to have a director by the end of the year. We’ve been meeting amazing filmmakers, but often the way we work, as was the case on Doctor Strangeand most of our movies, is that we have a … I don’t want to say a ‘road map,’ but we have a general view of what the movie is and then we meet with filmmakers and share that with them and then they pitch it back to us in a better fashion.
The movie won’t release until March 8, 2019, so the studio still has a while before cameras roll, however. It is expected that we will get our introduction to the character a year prior in Avengers Infinity War.
Feige also expressed why Larson was it was so important to have Larson in the role.
It’s very important to us that all of our heroes do not become silhouette-perfect cutout icons. All of the Marvel characters have flaws to them, all of them have a deep humanity to them. With Captain Marvel, she is as powerful a character as we’ve ever put in a movie. Her powers are off the charts, and when she’s introduced, she will be by far the strongest character we’ve ever had. It’s important, then, to counterbalance that with someone who feels real. She needs to have a humanity to tap into, and Brie can do that.
I hate to draw comparisons to D.C., but while I was totally captivated by Gal Gadot’s performance (in the brief screen time we got of her in BvS), she didn’t do much besides save the day and kick Doomsday’s ass. It’s good to know that Marvel is looking for someone who can do more than just look good while in action. Larson will no doubt bring an emotional depth that could help the film transcend the superhero genre (even as fantastical as the character is — flying around blasting energy from her hands as she defends the earth from alien threats) and make the film as the first female lead Marvel feature stand out as something more than just another comic book movie.
Captain Marvel is slated to hit theaters March 8, 2019.