The Marvel Cinematic Universe has made a ton of money for Disney and won fans worldwide over nearly a decade of releases, but a consistent critique of the franchise has been a lack of diversity in the lead characters chosen to get their own movies. The studio is actively working to change this perception, first with the upcoming Black Panther movie and the female-fronted Captain Marvel after that, both looking to change the public perception of where a Marvel superhero can come from.
Now, Marvel producer Victoria Alonso has offered a brief update on the development of Captain Marvel.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Mary Sue about her tenure at the studio (Alonso has been a producer on every MCU feature since the first Iron Man), the producer was asked about the status of Captain Marvel – which has thus far announced actress Brie Larson for the title role. Marvel tapped Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve to pen the script but has yet to finalize a director. Offered Alonso:
“We have an incredible performer in Brie Larson and a devoted woman to hold this banner which is a heavy one, I have to say. We’re in early conversations. We have writers and we are trying to get a script done. We don’t have a director yet, but it’s coming. It’s all coming.”
As of late July, the Marvel “shortlist” for possible directors was said to stand at approximately 10 names, including Emily Carmichael, Whale Rider’s Niki Caro, The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent and original Wonder Woman director Michelle MacLaren. The studio has been widely expected to seek a female director for the project, but at least two men (Destin Daniel Cretton and Lenny Ambramson) have also been rumored, along with the prospect that the film may end up entrusted to filmmakers who’ve already worked on prior Marvel features like The Russo Brothers.
Whomever ultimately lands the job will inherit the task of establishing a new cinematic universe conception of the character, who has a complicated history in the original comics and only recently inherited the mantle of Captain Marvel. Originally appearing as a supporting character in the (male-led) Captian Marvel comics of the 1960s, Carol Danvers was upgraded to her own superhero role as Ms. Marvel in the ’70s. She had several other identities over the years, which included a stint as the non-powered human ally of The X-Men, before being restored to the Ms. Marvel identity and subsequently becoming the official new Captain several years ago.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.