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One of the biggest news stories to come out of SDCC was from Marvel Studios, who finally confirmed that Room actress and Academy Award-winner Brie Larson would be playing Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel. Although her own solo movie isn’t coming until 2019, the reason for Larson’s early casting could be that Marvel wants to introduce Captain Marvel in another movie first, similar to Black Panther and Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War.
But that still leaves a March 2019 movie with a lead and two writers (Nicole Perlman who co-wrote Guardians of the Galaxy and Meg LeFauve who co-wrote Inside Out), but no director. During an interview with ComingSoon at Comic-Con, Kevin Feige revealed there’s a short list of “ten directors” with an announcement expected to be made this Summer.
There were rumours last month from SlashFilm that The Babadook director Jennifer Kent and Whale Rider director Niki Caro were being eyed for the job. Michelle MacLaren, who was attached to Wonder Woman before leaving over “creative differences,” was allegedly being eyed, as well.
One high-profile female director who isn’t a stranger to comic book movies is Punisher: War Zone director Lexi Alexander and a fan asked her on Twitter if she was in the running for Captain Marvel. Her response was:
— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) July 25, 2016
For those of you who don’t know, Alexander is referring to director Rachel Talalay who worked as a film director in the 90s on Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare and Tank Girl. But in recent years, Talalay has risen to prominence as a prestige TV director working on the two-part finales of Doctor Who Series 8 and Series 9, Season 2 Episode 12 of The Flash, Season 1 Episode 12 of Legends of Tomorrow. Talalay will also be directing Series 4 Episode 1 of Sherlock when it returns sometime in 2017.
She is also BAFTA nominated and received a HUGO Award Nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form for Doctor Who: Heaven Sent. If Marvel is considering Rachel Talalay for Captain Marvel, it would seem that the Avenger is in safe hands with that directorial choice.
Who would you like to see direct Captain Marvel and who do you think is on Kevin Feige’s short list? Be sure to comment below!
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