Marvel Studios is still in the hunt for a director for the upcoming “Captain Marvel,” the studio’s first film to boast a female hero in the title role.
Though Brie Larson has already been cast as the character for months now, the search for a director has proven more of a challenge for Marvel’s chief Kevin Feige and in a new interview with Vulture he explains why it has taken them so long and when we’ll likely see an announcement about the film which says follows “by far the strongest character we’ve had”:
“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 Strange and 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.
With Captain Marvel, there’s so much potential in the comics and there have been so many incarnations of her powers and the characters who’ve had that mantle that we’ve been focusing in on exactly how do we tell her origin. How does it fit into the cosmic side of our universe? How does it fit into what we’re doing with the next Avengers movies? So really, that’s what’s been delaying that particular announcement.
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.”
The likes of Niki Caro, Lorene Scafaria and Lesli Linka Glatter have all been rumored for the gig but we’ll have to wait and see regarding who’s selected. Marvel is moving forward in other ways. “Jessica Jones” showrunner Melissa Rosenberg telling Variety this weekend that directors have been set for the thirteen episodes of the second season of the Marvel and Netflix series, and all of the helmers will be women.
Feige also spoke to to Collider about why the Marvel Netflix characters have yet to show up in the MCU films:
“I think it’s extremely impressive what Netflix has done and it will be the same answer I always give, which is, ‘It all depends on timing.’ It all depends on how to do it because I don’t think what anybody wants to do is have such important characters show up for a second. Black Panther and Spider-Man to me are the high bar in Civil War of how you can bring in new characters into something. Vision and Ultron, Wanda and Pietro in Ultron. And it takes a lot of screen time, and it takes a lot of work. Infinity War has a lot of people in it already. So it just depends on how we could figure it out.”
One person who they have figured out to be a part of the film is Benedict Wong’s character Wong from “Doctor Strange” with the actor reprising his role for ‘Infinity War’ which opens May 2018.